- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for Brits to return to work in-person again.
- He said that he and others get distracted by things like making coffee at home and cheese in the fridge.
- He said people “hack off a small piece of cheese” and then forget whatever they were working on.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for Brits to return to work in-person because he is worried that they’d get distracted by cheese at home, according to the the Daily Mail.
In an interview with the outlet, Johnson said he and others will “hack off a small piece of cheese” instead of staying focused.
“My experience of working from home is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, 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. So, I believe in the workplace environment,” he said to the outlet.
Broadly speaking, Johnson addressed the UK’s cost of living and said that it was time to rejuvenate city centers by having people return to work in person.
“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,” he added.
Johnson is not the first world leader to call for a national return to in-person working. In March, US President Joe Biden made similar remarks, saying that it’s “time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”
While some companies in the private sector are hoping to lure people back into offices, companies like Airbnb, Twitter, and Spotify have shifted to post-in-office futures, allowing permanent remote work for employees, according to CNBC.