Posted on 16/07/2020 by Nick Boulton
Are we seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel? Are the green shoots of recovery, poking their nervous little heads above the ground…? F**k knows!?
Rishi Sunak’s announcement about the furlough scheme provided a welcome relief for a lot of businesses and employees. But only 80% of salary’s? Over 6 months? And then a sliding scale?!!?
What incentive are there for people to go back to work? Why would businesses get their staff working again? More worryingly, how do we pay this money back? Make no mistake, someone has to foot the bill for this, and it’s going to be a big one!
If we don’t do something soon, not only will the economy struggle to recover from this but the entire British public will as well.
What will be the long-term effects of:
- Mental health
- Delayed cancer treatments
- Postponed operations
These and many more issues could have the potential to be far more devastating than COVID-19.
So how do we unravel this mess?
How do you suddenly tell an entire nation that has been working from home for over 16 weeks to get back to work? To get back on public transport?
It’s really tough, people have become so used to working from home that even the thought of going to work fills them with anxiety and worry. But if we don’t act soon this could only get worse.
We took the decision to welcome back the few staff we had on furlough on the 1st July and have actually also taken the decision to start hiring again.
Madness? I don’t think so. (I hope not anyway).
Unless we start doing everything we can to get back to some sort of normality, this crisis could drag on, not only for months, but years!
You may be anxious about getting back in to work or on public transport, but not having a job to pay your bills, feed your family or survive, will make you a hell of a lot more anxious.
And let’s not beat around the bush, furlough, is basically a cover up for unemployment. It did its job to start with, but now all the government is doing is delaying a huge, inevitable increase in unemployment.
Lets actually stand together and be stronger, not just hashtag the phrase. If each person actually took responsibility for their safety, thought about sensible precautions, when traveling to work and in the office, then there would be less to fear.
Let’s stand up against this global pandemic together and get our country and economy back on track.