held back plans to insist employees come in for at least eight days a month in AugustCivil servants could face a fresh push to return to their desks this week after renewed calls from Whitehall against working from home. A report in the Times newspaper today (11 October) suggests there will be an announcement this week that could set targets for government departments to end working from home. Cabinet secretary Simon Case has already written to central government departments to urge them to get as many staff back to the office as Covid rules would allow. Last week’s Conservative party conference repeated a message that workers should return to physical workplaces where possible. Prime minister Boris Johnson said in his speech to conference that “a productive workforce needs that spur that only comes with face-to-face meetings and water-cooler gossip”, and even suggested that workers who continued to operate from home would be gossiped about.