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Boris Johnson says he gets distracted by cheese and coffee while working from home

Boris Johnson says he gets distracted by cheese and coffee while working from home
The PM said his ‘experience’ demonstrates that employees are more productive in the office

ボリス・ジョンソン gets distracted by cheese and coffee when he’s working from home (WFH), he admitted while arguing that workers should return to their offices.

ザ・ 首相 revealed his worktime weaknesses in an opinion article for the デイリーメール to claim that WFH – a necessity for millions of workers during the Covid pandemic – “doesn’t work” in his “experience”.

He also claimed that people who work from the communal office are more professionally and economically productive than those who WFH.

ジョンソン氏は言った: “My experience of working from home is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, ええと, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.

"そう, I believe in the workplace environment. And I think that will help to drive up productivity, it will get our city centres moving, in the weekdays. And it will be good for mass transit. And a lot of businesses that have been having a tough time will benefit from that.”

彼が追加した: “There will be lots of people who disagree with me, but I believe people are more productive, more energetic, more full of ideas, when they are surrounded by other people.”

In response to his opinion piece, social media users pointed out the obvious fact that Downing Street is both where Mr Johnson lives and works as prime minister.

ついさっき, Jacob Rees-Mogg – a minister with responsibility over government efficiency – spoke in favour of people returning to workplaces, in an interview with Sky News.

He said he understands that “there is a place for working from home” but that it was having a negative impact on public services.

Mr Rees-Mogg has voiced his “suspicions” that civil servants are only working three days a week. He accused public sector workers of using WFH as an excuse to have long weekends.

とのインタビューで 電信, he claimed civil servants are WFH on Mondays and Fridays because they “think that the working week is shorter than it really is”.

先月, Labour MP Chris Bryant called Mr Rees-Mogg a “nasty patronising man” after he reportedly left notes for civil servants who were not at their desks at the time.

The notes read, according to images of them shared on social media: “Sorry you were out when I visited. I look forward to seeing you in the office very soon. Wish every good wish.”

金曜日に, Mr Rees-Mogg – who has been accused of waging war against the public sector – defended the government’s plans to task the Cabinet with the axing 90,000 civil service jobs.

The government wants to reduce the number of Whitehall to the level it was in 2016, as the Brexit vote and Covid pandemic sparked the need for extra staff, 彼は言った.