Young people will significantly benefit their careers by working in the office with friends and colleagues.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has told LinkedIn News he would never have been as successful if he’d started his working life virtually. Mr Sunak worked in finance, including at banking giant Goldman Sachs.
He said he still regularly talked to his early mentors, saying:
“I doubt I would have had those strong relationships if I was doing my summer internship or the first bit of my career over Teams and Zoom. That’s why I think for young people in particular, to physically be in an office is immensely valuable,”
Since restrictions were lifted on 19 July the government in England has recommended a gradual return to the work environment. That is exactly opposite the Scottish government’s preference which wants people to keep working at home wherever possible.
Bankers have been among the keenest businesses to encourage their staff back to the office after much of the profession was forced to work from home by the pandemic.
Mr Sunak said:
“I’ve spoken previously about young people in particular benefiting from being in offices, it was really good for me when I was starting out in my career. The mentors that I found when I first started my job, I still talk to and they’ve been helpful to me all through my career even though we’ve all gone different ways.”
Another former Goldman Sachs banker, Xavier Rolet said technology now had a bigger role to play. Mr Rolet, who ran the London Stock Exchange for eight years, said:
“We’re never going to go back to exactly the way we were before, but the chancellor also has a point, which is that human interaction, besides the new technological tools, is also important. I think we’re going to end up with a blended approach. Yes, get back into the office, but do not underestimate the power of technology for the future.”