A Sydney chief executive has blasted those working from home as “selfish”.
CR Commercial Property Group chief executive and managing director Nicole Duncan called in to 2GB Mornings on Monday to comment on people’s ability to work from home.
“This generation is just selfish,” Ms Duncan told host Ben Fordham, describing herself as someone “passionate about people returning to work”.
“In our younger days we caught trains, buses, ferries to get to work,” she said. “Yes it did take two or three hours, but you’ve got to be in the office.
“You don’t know what you don’t know, and until CEOs make a decision … it’s not going to change.”
She went on to describe how she believed companies allowing employees to work from home was hurting businesses in busy city centres like Sydney’s CBD.
“Hotels are suffering … there’s less business travel, they do it all on (Microsoft) Teams … cleaners, people who make your coffee, lunches, all of those sorts of things.
“We want a vibrant city for visitors to come to, and it needs to look busy, it needs to look vibrant, it doesn’t need to look as slow and rambling.”
Ms Duncan said there were distractions when working from home, but Fordham pointed out there were distractions at work too before agreeing that Sydney’s CBD had reduced foot traffic.
Working from home became a regular part of life during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, but since then many companies have changed their policies, allowing employees to continue working from home.