Re: Market +30% = wages -30%
I think it also depends on the nature of the work and the employee.
Agreed completely. Some of my people have mental health challenges and don't do well on their own.
Some people are living with their parents until up to their mid 30's due to house prices having exploded out of control way beyond the ability of most people to pay for them and that makes it difficult for them.
And yet I've demonstrated many times on this site that even a minimum wage couple can afford a starter property within commutable distance of any postcode in the UK (by that I mean my commute so 30 to 40 miles). Property has rarely been cheap and is unlikely to be so again, but its certainly not unaffordable - the main problem is unrealistic expectations and wanting a similar or better home than your parents last home for your starter home.
if your living in a one bedroom flat with your partner or house sharing between 4 people? It doesn't work well due to a lack of dedicated working space.
Indeed not, but that is where other options come into play - convert an old van into a home office (I've looked at this myself), or a motorhome, or rent or buy something further out of town - everything in life is a trade off. If I was still waiting for Nicole Kidman to take my virginity, I'd still be a virgin - nothing's perfect.
I mean, theoretically everybody doing an office job should be able to work from home. But theoretically there is no difference between theory and practice. And yet in practice there is.
I agree, however this is where drugs in sport come into play. Once one employer does it, the rest have to as well, just to keep up. There's going to be all kinds of workplace variations over the next decade while this plays out, which will be very interesting to watch.
Heck, some of our staff walk into the office in 5 minutes. As soon as you shift a few variables around it changes everything.
They walk into where the office is now, sure, but will that change? If not, happy days, enjoy your 5 minute commute you absolute winner! For most people its a bit longer than that, even if its shorter than my schlep.
I don't massively have a single point other than that some people are being a bit to unrealistic and utopian. Not everybody is having a positive experience for reasons that go way beyond middle management empire building. It's tempting to blame an easy target, but it's intellectually lazy and gives wrong answers.
I agree, which is why I'm expecting some changes - I think for most people returning to the office 5/5 is unlikely. 4/5 makes little sense for London the way train tickets are priced, making 3/5 in office probably around the new norm, with 2/5 from home. Some firms might move to 4/4 from home with an extra day off, some will go 5/5 WFH, and others will differ. Most in the UK will struggle to get people back 5/5 from the office.
Certainly it'll be interesting to see how things play out. Though predicting what will happen for sure is a fools errand.
What we will see, of this I am sure, is a the rise of the global startup - I mean, why does everyone need to be from the same country if they never go to the same office? It's going to be very interesting indeed.