Nationwide scraps its 'work from anywhere' policy and orders staff back to the ... trends now
Building society Nationwide has told all 13,000 of its non-branch staff they will no longer be able to work from home full-time.
Workers had been told during the coronavirus pandemic they would not be forced to come back in.
The then Nationwide chief executive Joe Garner said he was putting employees in control of where they did their jobs.
But on Tuesday, the possibility of five days of working in slippers, avoiding the unpleasant commute and an extra few minutes in bed came to a dramatic end.
Mr Garner's successor, Debbie Crosbie - who was appointed at the end of 2021 - dramatically axed the policy.
Now staff will have to come into the office at least two days a week or be at risk of breaching their contract.
It means most staff will have to be in an office for at least 40% of their contract – equivalent to two days a week for those full-time.
Debbie Crosbie - who was appointed CEO at the end of 2021 - dramatically axed the policy
Stock of a mother working at home on her laptop as her son watches television beside her
Nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic had told staff they did not have to go into office
The new ruling will come into place on January 1 at the start of next year.
However there will be a 'grace' period until April 1 for those who thought they would never have to work in an office again.
The policy change has been agreed with Nationwide's union, which represents its