WFH IS less productive: One in four bosses claim staff working from home are ...

WFH IS less productive: One in four bosses claim staff working from home are less useful than when in the office, says study As much as 24 per cent of businesses said there had been decrease in work rate 12 per cent reported increase in output and 52 per cent said there was no change The ONS survey suggests remote working may be swiftly withdrawn after Covid

By James Gant For Mailonline

Published: 07:14 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 07:23 BST, 9 October 2020

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Working from home is less productive as one in four bosses claim staff are less useful than when in the office, a study has said.

As much as 24 per cent of businesses said there had been a decrease in productivity when workers logged on from kitchen tables.

But just 12 per cent reported an increase in work rate and 52 per cent said there was no change, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The survey results suggest remote working may be swiftly withdrawn by bosses when government restrictions are relaxed.

As much as 24 per cent of businesses said there had been a decrease in productivity when workers logged on from kitchen tables (file photo)

As much as 24 per cent of businesses said there had been a decrease in productivity when workers logged on from kitchen tables (file photo)

Having a productive workforce is paramount for the prosperity of the country because it means wages and living standards can increase.

Yet before the coronavirus wave rolled in there were already problems with low productivity, with abandoned city centres appearing to exacerbate them.

A quarter of bosses across industries who have ramped up working from home during the crisis said productivity has gone down.

Meanwhile just over one in ten said it had gone

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