Australian billionaire real estate king Harry Triguboff has criticized bosses who allow their employees to work from home as “pests.”
After the COVID-19 pandemic saw Australians forced to work from home, the concept stuck with many who found they could do their jobs but also had more time for their families.
But the real estate developer and founder of Meriton, which is worth around $ 11 billion, believes employees “only work half the time.”
The Saturday Telegraph also said he was concerned about the waste of office space in the city.
“We must also stop this work from home,” said Mr. Triguboff on Wednesday at the meeting of the Urban Taskforce.
“You may have numbers indicating that they will work. I say they only work half the time.
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Mr Triguboff also targeted Australian banks, joking that it was difficult to use their services “because they don’t work”.
“The bosses of the banks can no longer tell me that they are very careful; that no one gets sick, ”he said.
“No one is sick and no one has gotten sick in their lousy banks, so just forget about it. They should stop being parasites. They have to work. “
According to a survey conducted in October by enterprise software giant Atlassian, 77% of people who participated in the study believed their overall work-life balance had improved because of working from home.
Atlassian interviewed more than 1,000 Australian workers and more than 5,000 around the world as part of a three-month study on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on workers.
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Company work futurist Dom Price said at the time that companies should be more flexible to allow their employees to work from home in the future.
“I think we’re in an era of mass customization… I think we’re about to enter this era of a hybrid workforce, like a choose-your-own adventure,” said Mr. Price.
“We haven’t yet learned what it means to be a distributed employee: how do you show your presence and impact without physically seeing your boss every day?”
He said survey responses showed workers “felt like they could have worked from home” before the pandemic hit, “but there was something against it” .
“I don’t think it was the technology, it could be the confidence of the top executives that was keeping people from giving people a chance,” Price said.
Mr Price said there was “tension” between leaders wanting “certainty” and workers wanting “flexibility,” but cautioned against suggestions that workplaces use things like monitoring software that monitors what workers are doing if they are away from the office.
“This is not how it works,” Mr. Price said.
“If you say you are ‘an organization of people’ and you care about your people, just show them that… instead of managing them as an asset or a resource, treat them like humans.”