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  1. I am in charge of six people. I’d say four of them have done an excellent job working from home throughout the pandemic, while the other two appear to be preoccupied and less productive than their friends. Everyone is unique. Some people require constant monitoring of their work.

  2. I always see companies and people say that productivity has either stayed the same or increased since most people started working remotely, but all my friends I know that work from home barely do shit and are usually playing gaems or something at the same time. So I’m starting to question if that’s true.

  3. I enjoy working from home as well, but I’ll be honest: I’m fucking lonely.

    Outside of work, I’m a middle-aged man with no real pals in this city. In the last two years, I haven’t touched another human’s skin. I’m willing to return if it means reuniting with humanity.

  4. “We require your presence on-site so that we can respond to our users.”

    “However, half of your project team is based in India.”

    “………….. All we need is for you to come here.”

  5. Return to the office. If you are paid to work from home, they will pay someone a tenth of your wage to work from another location.

  6. What about collaboration, though?

    Dave, how do you feel about it? Collaboration is a buzz word used by people who want to do meetings all day instead of doing the damn work.

  7. I have the impression that whoever built Teams at Microsoft was the world’s biggest micromanager. Essentially, this comic, but on the internet. Not going to lie, it was probably a wise option.

  8. ecstatic During the epidemic, I started working for a company that was based out of state. They can’t or won’t ever invite me to come into the office.

  9. Personally, I’m looking forward to returning. Being alone at home all day makes me antsy, and I’m easily distracted while I’m meant to be working. I won’t be able to bill the firm for the time I was distracted and wandered off, so I end up working late to compensate. I’ve reverted to some of my old bad habits from when I was more of a homebody. To be honest, lockdown has messed me up.

  10. I’m obviously more productive at work, but having this structure in place that allows me to work from home has made things a lot easier for when I HAVE to remain home, such as when a member of my family becomes ill and I need to care for them.

  11. Middle management wants you in the office so they can keep their jobs, and high management wants you in the office so they can feel like they’re working.

  12. “We can’t wait to get everyone back in the office to enhance collaboration and cut down on all that distracting screen time,” my managers said.

    My job: 95% screen time working in databases and photoshop, 3% check-in meetings with company employees in the same geographic area, 2% collaboration with company employees on another continent…

  13. So weird, my company is all “well, you’re working from home, so…. Stay working from home, and we can sell all our office real estate, and own a small building with a few meeting rooms for the rare time one is actually needed”

    Despite this, the company employs 20,000 people.

  14. I was moved to home office “indefinitely, potentially for months,” only to be brought back a week later because the supervisor couldn’t stand not having complete control over us. Which was fun when I was in the thick of covid, commuting 3 hours a day by bus and worrying if I’d become infected this time…

  15. “We haven’t seen a drop in productivity.”

    “Yes, but I’m going to have to check over your shoulder to make sure.”

    Simply state the obvious. “I don’t trust you, and I’d like to keep my shaky micromanaging power over you as your boss,” said.

  16. Should commute time be compensated? This is a serious subject.

    It clearly provides value for the employer and there’s a cost to the employee to deliver it.

  17. The year 2021 will be remembered as the year when the ability to work from home became a deal breaker for employees. I’m a programmer, and all I need is an internet connection to complete my tasks. What gives that I have to physically reposition myself five times a week? Some of these comments date back to the early twentieth century.

  18. Alternatively, they might hire people with your abilities in underdeveloped countries halfway around the world to do the same work remotely for a fifth of the price.

  19. Returning to the office is futile if productivity hasn’t actually decreased.

    Personally, I feel that having my work space distinct from my personal environment allows me to be much more productive.

  20. There’s no reason to keep a closer eye on production if it hasn’t dropped. These executives simply want to keep their power and control.

  21. “In addition, the property worth of this office building is plummeting, therefore we’ll need you all to return to commuting for two hours a day to justify our investment.”

  22. The real reason they want you back in the office is because corporate real estate is collapsing in value.

    Because of plummeting corporate property value, most medium-large corporations stand to lose more than their typical annual profits.

  23. Let’s be fair, shall we? Some of them also want to work while standing uncomfortably near to the new 20-year-old hire, so they can explain that bisexuality isn’t real.

  24. “We can’t wait to get everyone back in the office to enhance collaboration and reduce all that distracting screen time,” my employers say.

    My profession entails 95% screen time spent working in databases and photoshop, 3% check-in meetings with coworkers in the same geographic area, and 2% collaboration with coworkers on another continent…

    Correction: the word “and” is missing.

  25. If my boss tries to persuade me to return to work, I’m going to get a temp job and go back to school online for the next two weeks.

  26. Now, let’s be reasonable. Some of them also want to stand uncomfortably close to the new 20 year old hire while they’re trying to work so they can explain that bisexuality isn’t real.

  27. Businesses had a genuine opportunity to go completely virtual and save money on rent, internet, electricity usage, meals, and water, only to become so preoccupied with power-tripping over employees that they would rather spend money on all of those things than have them work from home.

  28. omg omg omg omg omg I’m truly sorry, OP. Also, I’m curious if those who bought homes here who previously lived in the Bay Area will be able to work entirely from home? Because if you don’t, that traffic will be insane again shortly.

  29. I can’t believe how many bosses try to rationalize everyone coming into the office by saying, “I just like seeing everyone.”

  30. We’re missing out on those rapid hallway talks, according to one of our top people, which are critical for obtaining quick answers and getting things done. The thing is, that’s only a problem for CEOs who are really busy. If I have a question, I send an IM and get a response in five minutes or less. Getting up and knocking on someone’s door would take me longer.

  31. I’ve observed three basic sorts of people who wish to return to work:

    1. The elderly who are afraid of computers because they do not know how to utilize them.

    2. People who feel compelled to legitimize their employment by employing others.

    3. Those who wish to stay away from their relatives.

  32. For us, it’s been the polar opposite. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been pushed into the workplace, and the management have been working from home and haven’t set foot in the office once.

  33. “Return to the office as soon as possible. There is literally no rationale for my position without you folks here, and it’s evident that there never was.”

  34. My boss is just interested in inflicting her suffering on others. When our CEO ordered her to close the office last year, she sobbed in front of us all. In September, I will return. As soon as I can find a new job I’m out!

  35. My employer expects me to return to work. My team consists of myself and two Indian contractors. My boss is based on the other side of the country as well. They keep repeating the “collaboration” mantra to me, as if they can’t comprehend the reality that I’ll be sitting at a computer by myself, still contacting literally everyone through teams. So much nonsense

  36. Making middle managers redundant and reducing office space would save companies billions. I have no idea why they’re dumping money into a furnace.

  37. Maybe it would be easier to motivate people to come into the workplace if we didn’t have so many dreadful open office situations?

  38. This summer, they’ll have more than just the usual busy season turnover…

    But there’s also a particular “I’m resigning since I can’t work remotely any more” message. to top it off, there’s a turnover

  39. A hybrid system, in my opinion, offers the best of both worlds.

    Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I love working from home but, it does get a bit boring, commuting to work 1-2 times a week gives that change of scenery.

  40. During wfh, I’ve had the following nonsense:

    – Do the laundry – Work out – Brazenly troll on Reddit
    – Play Dota 2 – Relax with Netflix – Watch porn
    – Taxes – Trip to Philadelphia – Trip to New York – Made some killer baby back ribs
    – Played Dota 2 – Made IKEA furniture – Bought a bunch of crap on Amazon

    It’s entirely my responsibility, so please accept my apologies.

  41. The main issue is the value of the property.

    Companies have been investing millions in real estate for decades and are still reaping the benefits. At addition, crews are needed to maintain it whether or not individuals are in the office. My assumption is that by September, my company will be back to butts in chairs, and I for one am not looking forward to the incoming HR reports flying back and forth.

  42. Despite my team’s receiving additional office space this week, my boss is entirely supportive of me working from home as much as I like, despite senior management’s “tempered recommendation” that I be physically present in the office. I wish that everyone has the same chance.

  43. I’m able to view it now.

    Hybrid WFH/office will be embraced by my department.

    They will “demand” 2-3 days of presence in the office. You’ll need to reserve a cubicle, which could be located anyplace in the department. You’ll probably be far from your “team,” and you’ll either work alone all day… or waste time chatting with coworkers. Then, over time, wfh will be gradually squeezed out.

  44. My senior manager finally said “Maybe” regarding working from home after our office opened up after a year and a hectic season.

    That means I’ll be returning to the office full-time.

    I simply want the option of working from home or coming to the office. I don’t think I’ll get it. 🙁

  45. I like my previous line of work, but I needed to be accessible to go into the office every now and then to conduct a procedure that required a specific workstation, so I recently switched to a different line of work that I can do entirely from home.

    I’m thinking of going back to my hometown until they contact us back. They shouldn’t, hopefully.

  46. Every time I see a post on this sub, I consider myself fortunate to be a part of such a great division…

    Because of how amazing management is, I can never relate to most things.

  47. It’s all about maintaining control and keeping the peons in line. It’s not possible for individuals to be comfortable and happy while also forgetting that they are owned.

  48. However, I am aware that my productivity has decreased, and I am eager to return in person because I have been sending several emails.

  49. For a long time, Wfh has been known to boost productivity, save overhead expenses, and help businesses hire the finest people.

    Only those who are willing to adapt to change will survive. The future belongs to Wfh.

    Brlow’s source

  50. The treasurer’s office told me that we have a strong desire to return to the office, even if just for a short time. The job is slowing down, as is productivity; some people are not keeping track of their hours, and so forth.

    Because everything happened so quickly, I’d have to put it in place first, with a smoother transition.

  51. For a long time, Wfh has been known to boost productivity, save overhead expenses, and help businesses identify the best personnel.

    In the future, only those who are willing to accept change will survive. Wfh is the way of the future.

    Brlow’s source:

  52. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that my productivity has dwindled. I’m in the minority of individuals who want to return, but I don’t put pressure on others.

  53. Guys, it’s a pain to wfh for fresh hires.

    I haven’t been able to find work yet, but I’m too worried about how things will turn out.

  54. a hundred percent At 5 p.m., my boss will video call me on MS Teams. Just to make sure I’m not sitting at my computer.

    Do the same thing to the rest of the team. Ridiculous microaggressions as well when someone doesn’t answer

  55. My manager never even worked in the same physical office as us so working from home hasnt changed much for us that way. I have renewed my contract to work from home for another year, so great!

  56. It’s a pain to wfh for new hires.

    I haven’t been able to find work yet, but I’m already worried about how things will turn out.

  57. I’ve heard other managers remark about wanting to get back to the office so they can perform the walk-around so many times that it makes me sick. If you can’t manage employees remotely, you might not be an effective leader.

  58. Employers who maintain a telework program will attract a large number of talented individuals. I’m grateful that my department continues to allow it.

  59. However, as a new management. He’s not doing anything wrong. Also, managing is a nightmare. There’s always a larger mess to deal with….

  60. The choice to return to the office is once again made by the deputy minister. Managers have discretion, but they are not in charge of the ship.

  61. Employees’ mental health suffers as a result of telecommuting. For many, working as a single person was their only means of social contact. I’ll allow myself a little hyperbole: it would be dangerous for society to continue doing online work indefinitely.

  62. Why not combine the two? WFH has helped me focus on things that need a lot of concentration and has eliminated my commute. Working with my team, informal banter and talks, and “indirect” knowledge transfer, on the other hand, have been missed. Working remotely with large clients has proved tough as well, with many reroutes.

  63. For a long time, Wfh has been known to boost productivity, save overhead expenses, and help businesses identify the best personnel.

    In the future, only those who are willing to accept change will survive. Wfh is the way of the future.

    Below is a link to a source:

  64. Unfortunately, home offices only work in a small percentage of businesses in Brazil.

    In general, Brazilians have low productivity, accountability, and technological knowledge.

  65. My boss changed my contract after the pandemic, so if I have to travel to the office, it will just be twice a week, and negotiating directly may not be necessary.

  66. Consulting requires a large number of employees with medium-high to extremely high performance levels.

    For us, productivity is sufficient.

    On the client side, where they have a slew of low-to-medium-level employees performing back-office tasks? Productivity has plummeted off a cliff.

    Sure, each office, department, and team is unique, but the notion that “productivity is the same!!!” isn’t supported by most employer data.

  67. Make a written request for your supervisors’ non-telework justifications. Fight it with numbers. When they say “No,” always ask “Why,” and never lose up when they offer you a vague answer. It’s a good idea to bring it up in meetings and other locations where they’ll be visible. Inquire as to who said “no” when they say “higher management.” Make a note of everything. Then take it to Human Resources.

    Be the Karen that your company need.

  68. Home Office pode até funcionar no Brasil, mas nos EUA vão acabar substituindo os caras tudo por Indiano e Filipino. Pra que pagar $150k por ano pra um cara trabalhando de casa quando pode pagar $30k pra um cara lá na Índia fazer o mesmo trabalho?

  69. Personally, I prefer a combination of the two. I’m only in my early thirties, so I can’t picture staying in my house for the next thirty years. I prefer to communicate with individuals in person. Mornings in the office and afternoons at home are what my coworkers and I have been doing. It’s the ideal combination. We live in a rural region, so that plays a significant role in our ability to do this.

  70. What organization is it that keeps folks coming back? Everyone I know who began teleworking has continued to work from home and has reduced the size of their respective state office real estate footprint, indicating that there is less of a demand for office space.

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