No more home work: British officials should return to the office

Jacob Rees-Mogg is known for never thinking too much about Corona remedies in the UK. Now that the rules are gone from everyday life in Britain, the Tory politician should be really pleased. Restrictions on freedom have finally been lifted, almost no one wears a mask anymore, not even on the London Underground during rush hour. Basically everything is the same as before the pandemic, only one thing remains from the Corona period: the home office. And Rees-Mogg doesn’t like it at all.

Together with Boris Johnson, he declared a war on working from home. This week the prime minister mocked the “mañana culture” that had spread to those who worked from home. In line with the motto: Tomorrow, tomorrow, but not today, that’s what all lazy people say.

Rees-Mogg would probably never have phrased it so drastically, preferring to wage a culture war over the country’s bureau as “government efficiency minister”. It is primarily responsible for ensuring that the government machinery runs as efficiently as possible. For him, this also includes the question of whether the offices of civil servants are fully utilized at all, as they sometimes entail high costs for the taxpayer.

Rees-Mogg placed the cards on the empty desks: “I’m sorry you weren’t there during my visit.”

So Rees-Mogg took a closer look. Here and here: while touring the offices government officials stated that disproportionate numbers are just blank. Apparently, many civil servants are so used to working from home that they never come to the office at all. Rees Mogg is absolutely unacceptable.

And so he left a piece of paper on the desks and notice boards with the words that are worth quoting in the original: “I’m sorry while I was away.” And then: “I’m looking forward to seeing you at the office soon.” Below is “With Every Good Wish” and the sender’s name, Jacob Rees-Mogg. The Tory politician regretted that he had not found officials in their workplaces in his own way. Rees-Mogg did it with a raised finger, leaving a note that he was looking forward to the absentees. very see you at the office soon.

From Rees-Mogg’s point of view, there is no longer any reason to work from home. In England, it is no longer even compulsory to stay at home if you have a corona infection. The government has equated the risk of contracting a virus with a virus in the office with the risk of catching the flu at work. This might make sense to some cabinet members, but there are also people who want to avoid it: putting themselves at risk of Corona contracting. Especially since this risk is unnecessary in the eyes of those staying at home, you might as well do work from home. It has been in operation for several years.

That’s what Rees-Mogg and Johnson don’t think. In the government, two institutions are considered examples of alleged evil in homework: the DVLA Driving License and Her Majesty’s Passport Office. It’s noisy at DVLA Times over 200,000 applications from license holders to know if they can continue driving despite health restrictions. The office that issues passports in the UK is also currently lagging behind in processing applications. Recently there have been reports that some Brits have been waiting for a new passport for several months – and therefore cannot fly to Spain or Greece on holiday.

In the Ministry of Health, over 70 percent of them work in the office. This is not the case everywhere

The government now wants to investigate to what extent this is really due to the fact that a large number of passport office employees work from the home office. As a precaution, Johnson has already threatened to privatize both offices if things don’t improve.

And Rees Mogg? He recently sent a letter to all ministers praising the benefits of office work. Finally again face to face instead Homework. The letter was accompanied by a ranking indicating which ministries had the most civil servants in the office. The turnout at the Ministry of Trade and Health is over 70%. In turn, in the Ministry of Education and Labor, this value was less than 30 percent. So it’s fair to say that even in Johnson’s office, there are still disagreements about working from home.

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