The government could announce an end to its work from home guidance in England next month, leaving companies with three broad choices: bring everyone back to the office; introduce a flexible working regime; or allow people to work from their home office, kitchen table or garden shed permanently.
Here we look at the pros and cons of each option.
1. Back to the office
Major investment banks have taken some of the most hardline positions on return-to-office plans, meaning staff will soon have to return to their daily commutes into London.
The boss of Goldman Sachs, David Solomon, dashed bankers’ hopes of splitting their time between home and office in February when he called remote working an “aberration” that needed to be corrected “as soon as possible”.
Morgan Stanley’s chief executive, James Gorman, told his New York bankers this week that anyone who felt safe going out to a restaurant should be returning to the office.