The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Our London Tenants Remain Reluctant to Return to Work, says Security Provider

Our London Tenants Remain Reluctant to Return to Work, says Security Provider
23 September 2020

Following the government’s changes to working from home guidance, some are questioning the economic future of our cities if such advice continues. 

Fawad Ahmad, Co-Founder and Director of SmartSec Solutions, a London-based front of house corporate security provider feels that the UK can ill afford the quietness of the initial lockdown. 

Instead, he is calling for changes to city transport operations and additional workplace measures to safeguard the future of the capital city and its businesses.

Ahmad told ThisWeekinFM:Businesses operating in the heart of London, from cafes, restaurants, retail outlets or large corporations, have had a carrot dangled in front of them which has now been snatched away. 


“Make no mistake about it, we risk losing a large number of commercial real estate properties in the heart of the capital.” 

–Fawad Ahmad

Co-Founder and Director, SmartSec Solutions

“We fully support any measures to keep people safe during these challenging times. But we need to start asking some serious questions about the future of London. What will be done to ensure people continue coming back to work in the City?

“The UK cannot afford to see London head back to the eery quiet it experienced at the height of lockdown. We speak to our tenants on a daily basis and many of them were already understandably reluctant to get onto the tube to come to work.”


Fawad Ahmad

Picture: a photograph of Fawad Ahman


Congestion Charge Waiver and Free Parking may Help


Ahman continued:

“Now, with the latest advice, they will simply work from home. To help overcome any fears about coming back to work, the government should seriously consider reviewing the congestion charges and other parking fees to then allow people to drive to work at their convenience, at least for a set period of time. 

“Businesses should also be encouraged to introduce shift patterns to ensure their operations are kept fluid. This will play a huge role in safeguarding the future of a business and its workforce, and keep London’s heart beating.”


The Effect on Commercial Real Estate


“Make no mistake about it, we risk losing a large number of commercial real estate properties in the heart of the capital.” 

One of our corporate buildings with a capacity of 3,000 was recently operating to a maximum occupancy of 200, which it was hitting. Now, we are sure to see that number decrease. Landlords will seriously consider their options if their buildings remain empty. 


The Impact on Physical and Mental Health of Security Staff and other Key Workers


Ahman firmly believes that we cannot underestimate the impact this is having on the mental health and wellbeing of security officers who are managing near-empty buildings on a day to day basis:

“Many, along with other key workers, are using the tube to come to work because they don’t have another option. If they don’t work then they don’t get paid. 

“They are putting both their physical and mental health on the line to help us all come out the other side of this mess. Not only must this be recognised, but they should have more support to allow them to get to work safely.”

Picture: a photograph of the London skyline at night

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 23 September 2020


Related Articles

Security Officer in Assault at Formby Train Station

A security officer working for Carlisle Support Services was involved in an assault at Formby Train Station. A spokesperson for British Transport Police told The...

 Read Full Article
A Guide to Conflict Resolution for Security Workers

Steve Johnson from outlines several de-escalation tactics that are a vital part of security work. Steve has spoken with many security...

 Read Full Article
The Hidden Effects of Verbal Abuse in the Security Industry

A recent study of violence against security workers uncovered some shocking truths regarding the volume and frequency of attacks against security guards in the...

 Read Full Article
51% of Security Guards are Attacked Every Time They Work

Levels of verbal and physical abuse towards security professionals have been revealed in a new survey. In a survey of over 1,000 security professionals by...

 Read Full Article
Emotional Intelligence Training for the Security Industry Launches

The International Foundation for Protection Officers has announced a mental health training programme for the security industry this week, focussing on an empathetic...

 Read Full Article
Co-Op Collaborates With Mitie to Provide Forensic Spray for Staff

Co-op is the first major supermarket to see security guards equipped with a new forensic spray, designed to deter attacks on frontline shopworkers and curb rising levels...

 Read Full Article
Editorial Review | Cleaning & Security Staff – Key Worker Status and Mitigating Coronavirus Risk

Join the Editorial Team for their February FM review. Daisy, Bailey and Ella discuss the key worker vaccination debate, in light of calls for cleaners to...

 Read Full Article
COVID Vaccine – Have Frontline Cleaning and Security Staff Been Missed?

The FM industry is urging the government to prioritise cleaning and security staff in the COVID vaccine rollout. In the current programme, drawn up by The Joint...

 Read Full Article
The Reputation of Security Officers “Must Be Addressed Urgently”

The perception of security officers as essential workers is ranked only “slightly ahead of traffic wardens”, according to a recent YouGov...

 Read Full Article
Security Officer Appreciation Week – #ThankYourSecurityOfficer

A security services provider is hosting a series of thank-you visits to their colleagues to mark Security Officer Appreciation Week. Corps Security, a security...

 Read Full Article