It was an interesting start to the morning. My Google news feed sent me this article:
Fed-up managers declare WFH is over, as 77% say they’d fire you or cut your pay for not coming back to the office
Then as I scrolled down, I was given this to chew on:
Gen Z & Millennials Would Rather Be Unemployed Than Unhappy at Work
So it looks like we're going to be approaching some showdowns, sooner rather than later.
Many moons ago, when I was a young accountant still working out my reconciliation skills, I worked for a large computer company. My co-workers were lovely people, but the amount of time the we all wasted standing around chit-chatting about nothing, wasn't lost on me. There was no point not wasting that time though, because if all of your work was completed, you couldn't leave the office anyways. In fact, we were told to "just look busy" if we had nothing to do.
I had responsibilities at home so I can't tell you how frustrating it was to be made to sit for several hours, play typing, instead of being able to use that time productively for my own life.
It was that, combined with 2 hours a day commuting, that pushed me into an entrepreneurial lifestyle. This has allowed me to manage my hours in a way that bests suits my lifestyle.
Whenever anyone tries to claim that people who work from home will slack without a manager hanging over their head, I ask them "Why, is that what you would do?"
Humans are hardwired to be productive. Study after study has shown that working from home actually increases productivity. How much better are you at the start of the day if you haven't just fought through morning traffic hell? How much more work gets done when you're not distracted by the office gossip of the day?
My advice for any employer in 2022 is to save yourself the money on office rent, do some good for the environment, and keep your employees happy and productive. Let them work from home.