Boots bosses ‘encouraged’ staff to work at head office despite UK government advice

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Emails show senior managers ‘expecting’ attendance at Nottingham HQ despite big spike in local cases

Boots told staff they were “encouraged” to come in to its headquarters in Nottingham, where Covid-19 infection rates are the highest in England, even after the government advised people to work from home where possible.

Employees said messages from senior managers – seen by the Guardian – indicated they were expected to be at their desks for at least part of the week. Boots verified the messages, including one from its UK boss, Seb James, but denied that staff were put under any implicit pressure to be in its Nottingham office.

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