The Apprentice’s Lord Sugar: Working from home is ‘not really my cup of tea’

Working from home is a “fashion” and workers get more done in the office, according to Lord Sugar.

The businessman and host of The Apprentice said the idea was around before Covid struck, but had taken hold as a result of the pandemic.

His own employees worked from home when it was mandated by the Government but returned as soon as possible, he added.

“When there’s been a justifiable reason to work from home, my loyal staff have put themselves out and have worked very hard and diligently,” he said.

“Having said that, as soon as it was not necessary to do so, my loyal staff were very happy to come back to the workplace, where they realise they can get more done than you can from home.

“I’m a bit old-fashioned, of course, [but] working from home was not just a Covid thing. It was a fashionable thing that started pre-Covid, where you had all these ‘hot desks’ and things like that.

“It’s not really my cup of tea, but then I’m an old fart, so you can imagine it doesn’t really go down too well with me. But I understand the necessity of it.”

The Apprentice returns

Lord Sugar was speaking at the launch for the new series of The Apprentice, which returns to BBC One this week after a two-year hiatus.

Lord Sugar and the current contestants of The Apprentice

Credit: Ray Burmiston

He joked that the Covid protocols during filming were “harrowing” and said: “At my last count I think I’ve done 79 tests. I haven’t got Covid but I’ve got a broken septum in my nose.”

Lord Sugar, 74, dismissed reports that he plans to quit The Apprentice, saying he intends to carry on for the next four years.

“I really want to make it 20 years. This one is 16, so I’ve got four more to do to achieve that goal. 

“I’ve already worked out the final task will be to arrange my funeral, to see what kind of coffin they’d get for me.

“I’m going nowhere, and the programme’s going nowhere.”

Lord Sugar was asked if any current members of the Cabinet would make it through The Apprentice rounds. 

He replied: “They wouldn’t pass the audition test, not one of them, including our great leader – and that’s on his hair alone.”

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