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'Fridays are not what they were' in Manchester and it's changing life in the city centre

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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Three days in the office bookended by two at home. It's a pattern of working that, post-covid, has become de facto for many.

In fact it's now so common it's even got its own acronym, but it's too crude to print in a family newspaper like the M.E.N. Read more: Behind the bar with the couple who run the Rembrandt - the pub that brought Pride to Manchester A recent survey found just 13% of staff go into the office on Fridays.

And with severe staff shortages in many industries, some bosses say they have to offer flexible working to attract and keep workers.

But as employees adopt the new routine, it's changing the way we socialise and having a major impact on businesses in Manchester city centre. "Thursday is like the new Friday," says Alan Hudd, licensee of the Briton's Protection, one of the city centre's oldest pubs. "You used to be able to guarantee Fridays and Saturdays would be busy and that would cover you for the rest of the week.

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