Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home – The drive to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work as the new normal.

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There is no less valuable time than commuting and just sitting in traffic. All of it is negative, pollution, stress, wasted time, risk of accidents, all so you can get to the office, put on headsets and not talk to a single person around you (in many desk jobs).

Adezar

People realized they could get shit done around the house and get all their work done. Infinitely better than trying to smash cleaning and chores into the time you aren’t stuck at an office.

NinjaEnt

We’re considering adjusting the way our employees use the office. Having it become more of a “getaway” or new “open” office, where people can come and go as they please. No requirement to be there part time, full time or any time. I’ve used this concept just to break up my day a bit, or get out of my home office for a day. I think it honestly helps me with my productivity throughout the day/week. Edit: Very happy to see this generate a lot of discussion. Wanted to clarify a few things I’ve seen in the comments. First off, there are cost savings involved with the adjustment of the amount of space needed for this. This time last year we had double the square footage rented as we do now. However, we have everything spaced in a way that allows for distancing and comfort for those who come into the office. In fact at this point in time its almost an open market for “real estate”. Yes this is similar to “hoteling”, the biggest difference being our company size is just enough that people can have their own space and won’t have to share. So everyone can “claim” where they’d like to work, or adjust it if it doesn’t’ work out. I’ve moved my work space twice since starting to revisit the office. I’m not sure if this rotation will last but its nice at this time. Some people have asked about if we are hiring. At this point in time, we’re looking for Digital Marketers with expertise in Google Ads, Microsoft Ads, Facebook/Instagram. As well as Software Developers. If you fit any of these please DM me and we can talk further. Lastly, if you work at a company who have shown no issues during the pandemic with remote work and yet want everyone back. Start a company wide petition, I know its corny but seriously, be the change you want to see. If the business as a whole knows they can run with more remote, or rotational office time, the employees pushing for this will eventually spur change.

jmalone1187

On the fed level they put in a new rule that you get 30 days notice if their making you work from home currently, but are planning on bringing you back and generally it seems to be a push to allow us to keep working from home. I’d be miserable if they made me go back. My productivity is way higher at home, morale is better, they basically gave me a raise without having to pay me more (no gas, tolls, oil changes, tires, brakes). I’m a big fan of my wife, so getting to see her more is pretty sweet. ​ EDIT My wife is now terrified of the internet.

MaverickDago

I used to work for a big game developer in a *really expensive* city. Every employee knows they want us back in the office and are taking their time to tell us that because they want to dangle the WFH carrot in front of us to keep us from quitting. I have been looking to move my family out of the city (by about two hours) in order to save money on rent and eventually buy a house. Well, after waiting more than a year for them to tell us anything, I decided to call it quits. I have changed studios that pays me more and I am moving to the Midwest where I can work from home for my new studio. With cost of living taken into account, I am making almost twice as much and will be able to work from the comfort of my own home. It isn’t just the removal of the WFH that is an issue, it is the lack of commitment either way. I couldn’t even think about moving until my previous studio “yes” or “no” to working from home being permanent. If I moved and they said no, I’d be forced to quit, or move back into the city. There is no way I want a two hour commute everyday. So I took matters into my own hands, searched for a new job, got an offer with permanent WFH option, accepted and we move next month. *edit- I’m not going to say the studio, but some of you have guessed it already.

DarthFett