Mainly just monitoring us, micro managing if you want to call it that. My company is calling it as “our company was built on socializing, so we think everyone should come in most days to do this and get familiar with the new people.” All while not changing any rules for the pandemic until maybe next month. (Includes access to a single door going in, temp checks, and masks 24/7)(Hellll, they only got rid of having written approval from HR at Thanksgiving if you wanted to go anywhere that wasn’t your usual week to week routine)
@Ribird, and on the flip side, all of the higher management knows how easy it is to roll out of bed and log onto the computer, without having to drive into work, *then* getting ready for work. Or having to pay a sitter. Most people won’t come in if asked if their projects needs an approval (for the people forced to work in the office). (Btw my company didn’t compensate for being forced to work during the pandemic like other places did. They just told us to shut up and work and be happy we didn’t lay you off)
@Ribird, sounds like you can help to sink that ship for them that they’ve put so many holes in themselves
@Ribird, I mean, most did. My old job offered unpaid layoff and that was it. Typically, from a support standpoint, it's just more efficient to have people working on-site (see my comment below)
@theshadosnipe, exactly! They now have an IT person on site now and roster who it is. Turns out the 25 people who can’t work from home are one of the groups that keep the company functioning and catching everyone’s mistakes, but higher management doesn’t ever see that, or have info related to them
@Ribird, I got the same speech. Our competition just let their employees go you should he happy you have a job thats forcing you to work overtime.
@payton manning, lol they don’t want us working overtime. They just want us working with the bare minimum support
As a business owner whose main customer source is office workers (I own a coffee shop in an office complex), I say send everyone back to work!
@12345654321, depends on the business so
In fairness, it's also usually tied to being on corporate networks. I can't tell you how many emails I get a day of "I can't access my folders!" "I can't change my password!" "I can't access my programs!". All because it's tied to the company network and people don't know how a VPN works
@theshadosnipe, they also need to justify the office space.
@wynaut, yup. Doesn't look good to the higher ups if a ton of unused space is laying around
My wife(desk job RN) and me (cartographer) have both been working from home since last March. Both our companies made it permanent (if you want to) work from home this month. I miss socializing with my coworkers and in my field it’s really hard to train new staff, but no I don’t think I’m going back in the office when it officially reopens. Sleep in, no commute, no childcare costs. No going into the office on weekends working OT, It’s awesome!
I don't understand it. My company wants us back in the office but all meetings will still be virtual and we can't go to each others desks. So there is literally no point other than to control us.
how dare they! What, they think I roll out of bed a minute before i have to log in and just start working in my PJ’s? Pft, preposterous! They should be confident that I’m waking up an hour and a half before start time and getting ready just like it was before I worked from home!
As a essential worker, all you non essentials stay home and leave the good traffic for the rest of us.
I told my boss that I was quitting if they ever made us work from home. We’ve all been working at the office this whole time, and no one got sick.
@Bobaganusche88, Why though?
@goforthe2, because we are fuse to bend the knee to this blatantly oppressive government power grab. It amazes me that so many people are completely fine with the government restricting almost every aspect of their lives for over a year, especially when they were promised that it would only be two weeks. A free people would’ve been storming government buildings and stringing up politicians in the streets, but instead we have all collectively bent over with spread cheeks and said “go as deep as you want!”
@Bobaganusche88, just a suggestion, try googling “history of (or current) oppressive governments” before using that phrase again. Might be surprised at what you see.
@Bobaganusche88, This isn't so much aimed at you but I don't see this sentiment enough and I think it needs saying. I lost 2 grandparents to covid. I mean that's still only half so we're good, but I keep thinking what if this person wore a mask, or that person just stayed home. Do I do enough? Should I have stripped down outside my house and bathed in sanitizer before coming inside? I understand the frustration. I want things to go back to normal too. It sucks, I'm scared, and that sucks too. I don't have a conclusion to this, just some random thoughts I wanted to get out lol.
@Bobaganusche88, my compliance isn't out of want for the government to come fist my tender supple little asshole, it's out of a desire to make things normal again. Then when things have picked up and we're all either immune or accept this is one more thing that kills people these days, we can get back to marching and being angry at the government.
Unpopular thought... "Why do we need to come back to the office?" "Because we write your paycheck and we said so!" Doesn't make it right or even smart, but that's how it is...