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 Crowded rush hour commuters in the London Underground before the pandemic. File photograph: Getty Images

I went back to the office for the first time in seven months the other day, expecting to find the place largely unchanged. A colleague who had just d(...)

Analysts say AIB needs to find an additional €200 million in savings to reach 2022 profit targets. Photograph: Tom Honan

A multibillion-euro stimulus fund to bolster the economy from the fallout of both Covid-19 and Brexit is to be one of the key planks of the Governmen(...)

Once  workers  return to work, there will be a whole new set of concerns about hygiene (cleanliness of desks, canteens, toilets and air ventilation systems) and communications (interacting safely during face-to-face meetings and in open-plan offices). Photograph: iStock

When the Covid-19 pandemic first emerged, people struggled to adapt to working from home – setting up ad hoc offices in kitchens and bedrooms, having (...)

Retail Excellence says independent retailers may have difficulty this Christmas sourcing stock. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Retail representatives are warning that certain categories including fashion and hardware could experience stock shortages during the upcoming Christm(...)

The more lofty sounding purpose statement has proliferated since the 2008 financial crisis. Photograph: iStock

Last week Patrice Caine, the boss of the French defence and technology company Thales, made a dismal announcement. Thales, whose roots stretch back m(...)

Providing commuting bicycles is one great way for employers to help their staff. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Not that long ago, I met a woman from one of the world’s best known companies who had just had some unpleasant news. She had been going into the offic(...)

With the pandemic many had to work from home and the 2020 “office” looked like the answer to an introvert-employee manifesto. Photograph still from  King Vidor’s The Crowd (1928).

For at least a decade, introvert activists have been calling for a revolution: remake the extrovert-dominated workplace. Stop penalising the third of (...)

Employee analytics firm Peakon found two of the top five words employees used at the height of the pandemic in March and April were “hours” and “pressure”. Photograph: Chemistry

Last week brought a bleak revelation about working from home. It came as I was standing in my bedroom, trying to decide what to wear to something I ha(...)

‘I am too embarrassed to say exactly how many unread emails I have.’ Photograph: iStock

Two years ago, I wrote about an idea that readers said was “daft”, “pointless”, “very old” and generally not worth bothering about. It was a plan to (...)

Getting ahead in the home office requires dedication. Photograph: iStock

In the course of this pandemic I have committed a number of blunders while working from home. I have muttered a mild obscenity on a video call, thinki(...)

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