Australia’s richest property developer shuns working from home and says bosses that allow it are ‘parasites’

  • Australia’s richest property developer has called bosses allowing WFH ‘parasites’
  • Meriton founder Harry Triguboff made comments at Sydney industry breakfast
  • Mr Triguboff, 88, claimed working from home would cut productivity in half

The richest property developer in Australia has called bosses who let their employees work from home ‘parasites’.

The founder of hotel giant Meriton Harry Triguboff slammed companies who provide flexible working arrangements at a business breakfast on Wednesday in Sydney.

The 88-year-old said employees are only ‘working half the time’ at home during an Urban Taskforce industry breakfast on migration.

Property developer Mr Triguboff said remote working was wasting office space in the city, which would stall Sydney’s recovery from Covid the Daily Telegraph reported. 

‘We have to also stop this work from home,’ Mr Triguboff said.

‘The bosses of the banks cannot tell me anymore that they are very careful, that nobody gets sick.

‘Nobody’s sick and nobody got sick in their lousy banks so, forget about that. They should stop being parasites – they have to work.’

A survey from June last year found 86 per cent of Australians want to work from home

A survey from corporate communications firm Redback Connect from June last year found 86 per cent of Australians want to work from home at least part of the time.

Of the 1000 employees who spent at least some time working from home during the pandemic, 28 per cent never want to come back to the office.

Another 39 per cent want to work from home one or two days a week, and 20 per cent for three or four days a week.

Staff were confident they could pull it off with 73 per cent believing their employer would be open to them working from home.

Younger workers were more worried about raising the issues and with good reason – just 15 per cent of staff under 30 have been offered the option while double that number of over-50s have.