Manchester United staff offer bonus if they quit before deadline

Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants everyone to return to the club offices.

Some Manchester United staff are understood to have enjoyed working from home since the world was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, staff have been offered the early payment of an annual bonus if they resign before next Wednesday, as part of Ratcliffe’s edict for all employees to come to the club offices.

A United spokesperson told The Guardian that this is not a voluntary redundancy program and said: “This is not a voluntary layoff program. “The club recognizes that not everyone wants to work from the office full time, so has provided options for staff who do not wish to return to the office to leave now.”

This is expected to help reduce the workforce, as United will make it mandatory from June 1 to work from the club offices in Manchester or London instead of at home.

An email sent to club staff said: “While many have welcomed our new approach, we are aware that a number of colleagues prefer not to commit to this new way of working and are interested in understanding their options. Taking into account this feedback and the fact that we respect each colleague’s right to choose their approach to work, we will allow those who wish to resign now to claim their early bonus for this season if they are unable to work from our offices from 1 June ”.

The offer is believed to be open to those working exclusively from offices, as they may wish to take the opportunity to walk away with a reward.

United employees have until next Wednesday to confirm whether they want to resign.

Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag’s future is up in the air as the club carries out an end-of-season review before deciding whether to change managers.

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