Rishi Sunak’s comments about working from home are careless says entrepreneur

Recent comments from Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s, got me thinking. The benefits of working in an office environment compared to working from home, which he views as the only way young people can achieve their career aspirations.

As a business owner and someone who has built their career up to the highest level in my industry, I like to think I know a thing or two about business and mentoring. I now mentor young professionals, entrepreneurs and businesses at all levels.

To truly help our younger generation, I feel it is vital we have an understanding of their lives, opportunities and jobs available to them.

Privileged start

Firstly, not everyone has the same privileges and starts in life as Rishi’s, his extensive family connections and world class education. I am not knocking him but there is a huge disparity between the socioeconomic classes.

The inequality here leads to unequal job prospects and opportunities. I, like many thousands of young people, will leave school without any qualifications and having been raised in a working-class family, let’s face it the odds were against me.

So, what strikes me as very odd is Rishi’s understanding of the social classes in this country and the statistics around where young people work and what opportunities they have handed to them. Surely as such a prominent politician in Britain he will have a basic understanding and knowledge of this?

You only need to look at last week’s UK exam results from during the Pandemic and the facts about private and State schooling/education. Many State school kids do not have business mentors like Rishi to guide them.

After leaving school or studying while working part-time, many of today’s young people, under 30, work in a range of in-door venues such as night clubs, gyms or leisure or hospitality.

These young people cannot work from home even if they wanted and to have the luxury of working in an office where you are guided by lifelong mentors is far off the mark.

From the end of September, the laws are actually changing regarding crowded venues. Therefore, anyone working in an “in-door venue” from 30th September will not be able to work unless they are double jabbed.

Many young people in my organisation have not even had the single dose of the jab yet. Rishi needs to understand that many of the UK’s under 30-year-olds will in fact be out of work come 30th September, forget worrying about where they are actually based for work. Upon being double jabbed, even then it could be weeks until they have had their second dose and in theory, they could be out of work for months.

It’s not just nightclubs 

Everyone is talking about nightclubs, but this is going to affect more thousands of young people and Rishi seems out of touch with his own country.

Within my organisation, it is tricky to discuss the vaccine subject because it is a personal choice and GDPR means legally we are on sensitive grounds. You can’t just ask someone about their private medical history or future plans, it isn’t as simple as that.

I am sure it might be easier for new recruits but how does the government suggest we work around this within a current work force? So, after 30th September there will be thousands of young people out of work and in theory, employers like myself will be paying people to sit at home.

Rishi’s comments warning young people that working from home may hurt their career is careless. There are many factors involved and to actually discourage young people from working from home is insensitive.

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