Want healthy employees Singh slams claims working from home is damaging for children

GMB: Ranvir Singh discusses benefits of working from home

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Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh held a debate between Chairman of Women into Business’ Tina Knight and business owner Geeta Sidhu-Robb on whether working from home sends the wrong message to children. Singh was critical of Charlie Mullins who has condemned the working from home approach as she insisted it could help employees have a healthier lifestyle. She added working from home can also help to ease financial pressure.

Singh began: “If you are on a lower wage, the cost of transport getting in and out of work, wherever you work can be quite a burden.

“Rail prices are high, you’re trying to insure your car, we saw with petrol prices going through the roof.

“So there is an economic benefit isn’t there for people being able to work from home?

“In a sense it releases some of the stress people feel financially.”

Later, Singh noted working from home gives employees the chance to have a healthier lifestyle.

“It’s interesting you say Richard about going for a jog,” Singh continued referencing her co-star.

“I actually think going for a jog in the middle of your day, you are clearing your head.

“You want healthy employees rather than those who…

“When I have worked 12 hour shifts, you end up eating biscuits are two o’clock and having a bit of an afternoon slump because of the carb loading.

“I just think there’s something about working from home and being able to manage your hours.”

“The problem is people don’t like to hear the truth, it has to be sugar coated,” Knight argued back.

“I think he is absolutely spot on. The only thing I think he has got wrong is it’s not the next generation, it’s here with us now.”

“Explaining to us how it’s doing damage,” Madeley asked.

Knight replied: “If you were to ask somebody what they would like to do, everybody would like to work at home, do an hour in the morning, a nice long lunch to go on their Peloton or in the garden, and an hour in the afternoon.

“But we have to deal with the reality. Business is to make money, to make a profit, which the government taxes, which then makes the wheels go round.

“Profit seems to be a dirty word now in business but for profit, you’ve got to have productivity and in the first few months of lockdown there was this sort of euphoric Dunkirk spirit, let’s all work together from home and we’ll really get down to it.”

However, Sidhu-Robb dismissed the idea working from home sets a bad example for children.

She argued: “I think it’ quite an offensive approach which is yet another stick to beat women with when they’re really just trying to do the best they can do.

“I’ve been working from home for 18 years because my eldest son was very very ill and I had to make the money to pay the bills and I had to look after my children.

“There just wasn’t another way to do it. It is incredibly outrageous and offensive to say I work an hour a day

“I put three kids through expensive private school and have built a business and employed loads of people and I get dressed in the morning, I come downstairs and treat it as an office.

“I work from home and I will put in eight, 10, 12 hour days as my business needs it.

“The trouble with this kind of approach is it’s all very well for people being wealthy but for everyone else we’ve had such a hard time, we are doing the very best we can and this sort of thing is trying to make you feel bad.

“I want you to not feel bad, I want you to feel amazing about what you are doing.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV from 6am.

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