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John Flint: Daily grind has lost its appeal for many Perthites

Will all the Perthites who’ve been working from home during this Omicron outbreak obediently resume their daily commutes and re-embrace old routines when the infection wave flattens? Many will because they’ll have no choice, short of switching employers.

But a fair chunk won’t and there will be knock-on effects. Ripples or waves — we don’t know yet and CBD traders and property landlords are fretting on the outcome.

A Productivity Commission review predicted the WFH revolution was here to stay, regardless of the pandemic’s course. Based on surveys which consistently show that office workers would like to split their week between the home and the office, Commission chairman Michael Brennan believes employers — wary of losing good workers in a tight labour market — will grant their wish.

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