Lord Sugar urges ‘complacent’ workers get back to the office as scathing post sparks fury

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Lord Sugar, 74, took to Twitter and claimed workers who had become “complacent” during the coronavirus “would never work for him”. It comes after Boris Johnson explained that lockdown restrictions will be fully lifted on July 19.

During his Downing Street press conference today, the Prime Minister urged companies to reopen their office spaces once restrictions are removed.

It comes after many businesses were forced to close their doors to company workers during the pandemic in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Many Britons have been working from home unless considered a key worker.

Taking to the micro-blogging site, Lord Sugar lashed out after social media user’s slammed him for his recent comments.

In view of his 5.2 million followers, Lord Sugar penned: “Boris says it’s no longer necessary to work from home. So city people get back to the offices let’s kick start the local economy for shops,cafes who suffered badly.

“Some people may have become complacent liking this new style of working. Well those folk will never work for me.”

Following his tweet, the Apprentice frontman was met with a wave of criticism, as Lord Sugar unleashed his fury in a series of tweets after telling one social media user they’re a “burden on the NHS” and another he branded “ugly” after they criticised him.

Social media user’s took aim at Lord Sugar’s tweet, as one wrote: “The world is moving on, and buisinesses have worked out things can be done differently, while still being productive. Work force being given choice of flexible home/office working. Less commuting, less stress, better work/life balance.”

Another commented: “So what you’re proposing is for the local shops which have done well with people working from home to be abandoned and return to spending in big cities with big corporations?”

A third added: “I have a sneaking suspicion that they, like most people, would really rather not anyway – why work for an employer who still thinks it’s 1985 when you can work for a modern organisation that prioritises well-being, work life balance as well as productivity?”

However, others appeared to agree with Lord Sugar as one commented: “You’re absolutely right about the local shops who rely on office worker trade. We just need to get back to business. Ok some of us are now home workers and that’s fine, but I’m lucky (and the business suits what we’ve adapted to) but it doesn’t suit everyone and every business.”

Another said: “Yep… stop binge-watching Netflix and get your backside to work.”


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Lord Sugar’s comments come after he recently explained that his central London property investments are “suffering” due to office workers staying home and City-based companies finding out they “don’t need” pre-pandemic size premises.

The Apprentice star is a long-term investor in prime City property through real estate venture Amsprop.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Lord Sugar said: “As a landlord, we are suffering with our tenants struggling to justify the premises that they occupy.

“We are trying to be mutually reasonable with them and help them out with any kind of payment plans that they can have.”

He added: “Some finance companies are not losing out [due to Covid-19] but they are finding out they don’t need the people, and they are taking advantage and using Covid as an excuse.”

Mr Johnson plans to lift Covid restrictions on July 19 putting an end to lockdown restrictions.

The Prime Minister has since urged businesses to reopen their premises as Britons are urged to live with the virus.

He explained that we must “balance the risk” of the disease and the harm of remaining in lockdown and continuing with legal restrictions which “inevitably take their toll on people’s lives and livelihoods, on people’s health and mental health”.

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