Extended periods of remote working are “not healthy” for younger staff as they cannot learn from peers, recruiting boss Robert Walters reckons.
Speaking to City A.M., Walters said that “you cannot learn when you’re not next to someone, ideally your boss,” echoing concerns heard across the Square Mile about the dangers of long-term remote work.
“Zoom cannot do everything,” he said this morning.
A number of bosses have suggested in recent weeks that they expect in-office working to be the norm in future, albeit with more flexibility for remote working one or two days a week.
Bank of England Chief Operating Officer Joanna Place said earlier this week she expected three-to-four days in the office to become the norm in future.
Walters agreed that the pull of the office is stronger than many had anticipated during the pandemic.
“There are plenty who can’t wait to get back,” he said.
Netflix, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are amongst those firms who have announced that they are expecting staff to return to the office on an effectively full-time basis.
Walters was speaking after his firm, Robert Walters, said it expected to beat full-year profit expectations in a second quarter trading update.