In a slightly provocative post, a columnist for the conservative British daily The Daily Telegraph warns his compatriots from the upper middle classes. Teleworking is not just the good life in the countryside, but also an openness to the relocation of managerial jobs, which were once protected from globalization.
The upper-middle-class Britons can’t get over their luck. Once again, they are the big winners of a crisis: comfortably installed in their home office, they have adapted so well to the new methods of working through Zoom that they would like them to become the norm from now on. Telecommuting is going better than they might have thought: it gives them more flexibility while saving them time and money previously wasted on commutes and exorbitantly priced sandwiches. No wonder, then, that most bankers, lawyers, consultants, accountants, advertisers, tech workers and other office workers do not want to take transport five days a week and that many employers are now thinking of saving fortunes while by providing service to their employees.
Alison Rose, CEO of Natwest Bank, is the latest to prophesy a “hybrid” future: smaller offices for meetings, training newcomers and strengthening corporate culture, all coupled with extensive use of teleworking. Some like Facebook have even bigger plans and plan to let many of their employees work from where they want – while adjusting their salaries to the local cost of living. But this semi-utopian lifestyle revolution is not for everyone.
Containment has not gone the same way for factory and construction workers, shop workers, delivery men, gym teachers, doctors, nurses and millions of other professionals. The delicacies of what the Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) today calls “the pajama economy” are not for them. For the majority of
Atlanticist and anti-European in substance, pugnacious and committed to form, it is the leading conservative newspaper of reference. Founded in 1855, it is the last of the quality dailies not to have abandoned the large format. His agenda is