Data from Public Health England shows that there were more outbreaks in offices compared with other workplaces over the current lockdown period.
The figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request by a BBC investigations team shows there were more than 60 suspected Covid outbreaks in offices in January this year.
The data from Public Health England reveals that there were more than 500 outbreaks, or suspected outbreaks in offices in the second half of 2020, which was more than in supermarkets, construction sites, warehouses, restaurants and cafés combined.
This is a sign that firms have to enforce rules for employees to work from home more decisively.
A report published by building technology company Honeywell earlier this year stated that the majority of the UK workforce (71 per cent) does not feel completely safe working in their employers’ buildings.
This number is even higher for remote workers (78 per cent), who are especially sceptical about the safety of work sites, states the research.
Almost a quarter of remote workers globally (23 per cent) would look for a new job rather than return to a site that did not implement necessary safety measures, (22 per cent in the UK).
Furthermore, only 35 per cent of workers in the UK have received safety training from building management, compared with 41 per cent globally.