Corporate America Doesn't Learn

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Here's a thought, why not analyze what positions and employees have done well working from home and those that haven't. Those who did well and want to continue working from home, should continue to do so. Those who didn't, or just want to return to the office, have them back in the office. WFH has been a HUGE source of enjoyment for me. I'm more productive, less stressed and happier overall. My management is happier with me. Thankfully my team has the flexibility to continue to work from home if we wish (or come back to the office, or work hybrid). I think the days of mandating a position that can be remote to be strictly in the office is a losing proposition.
 

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I really liked working from home. I only NEEDED to be in the office once a week to "touch stuff". Most of my work isnt dont physically handling equipment, so I could just schedule it all for one day.

But I did notice teamwork was harder.
 

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Gonna be great until said corporations figure out a WFH in India or China is a third the cost or less. I see this as no different than the cashiers that are happy their workload was reduced by self checkout and cannot see how easily they are replaced.
Outsourcing has been an issue for years, and will continue to be. It's no different now. Economics has always mandated that a worker have "specialized skills (as my high school econ teacher taught)" in order to survive the modern economy.
 

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I have only been into the office about 5 times this yr. I typically work out of hotels or suppliers offices while on the road, so why do I need to be in the office?
 

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I have only been into the office about 5 times this yr. I typically work out of hotels or suppliers offices while on the road, so why do I need to be in the office?
I've been in our facility one time since March of last year, and that was just because my CAC card needed to be renewed. I don't miss it a bit.
 

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Gonna be great until said corporations figure out a WFH in India or China is a third the cost or less. I see this as no different than the cashiers that are happy their workload was reduced by self checkout and cannot see how easily they are replaced.

Companies have and are still doing so. Some are finding out it's not as good a deal as they'd thought.
 

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I've been out of the office since March 2020 and I'm loving it.
Similar here. I never really went to our office anyway but did spend a few days a week at my customer's site. Customer's not really back on site en masse yet and I'm actually more productive at home.

Also used to have to travel a time or 2 a year and don't really miss that too much either.
 

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Similar here. I never really went to our office anyway but did spend a few days a week at my customer's site. Customer's not really back on site en masse yet and I'm actually more productive at home.

Also used to have to travel a time or 2 a year and don't really miss that too much either.

Yep, I don't miss going into the office or traveling either. Hoping it stays like this for me.

I hated working from home. Too many distractions, network issues and unable to access share-drive data. After two weeks at home, I volunteered to work everyday in the office, in order to provide program continuity.
Sorry to hear that. As I said, it's definitely not for everyone.
 

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I assure you, corporate America is learning. They're just waiting to deploy the lessons when it benefits their needs, not yours. Currently WFH mostly benefits people established in their careers, with skill sets fully perfected. So far they've been able to keep their money while staying home, because it's a sellers' market, so they get the best of both.

The big problem for companies is hiring/developing/retaining early-in-career talent. Although WFH is a draw for young folks, the problem for companies is how do you onboard these folks and get them mentored up to a level of _effectiveness_, when the rest of your team wants to stay home? MS Teams sucks, and everybody knows it.

WFH may be boffo for you. But, even in a sellers' market, it isn't all about you.
 

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I worked from home before it was cool. Have been teleworking full time since 2014. As long as I have my current job, I would not consider any job where I have to leave my house unless the pay was damn near double what I make now, and maybe a business vehicle provided. I feel bad for those who still have to drive back and forth to work, only to have to deal with actual people in person.

I can see where it would be hard to get any work done if one was prone to being distracted, but that's thankfully not the case for me. And my schedule is flexible enough to split my day, if I need to mow the yard or run to the store in the morning or afternoon.

Me, go back to the office?

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Companies have and are still doing so. Some are finding out it's not as good a deal as they'd thought.

Companies only care about the next quarter report to Wall Street. If they can show labor savings they will, the long term consequences are the next reports problem. They probably will get bonus money in the short term.

Logic and long term thinking are not even on the table...
 

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Gonna be great until said corporations figure out a WFH in India or China is a third the cost or less. I see this as no different than the cashiers that are happy their workload was reduced by self checkout and cannot see how easily they are replaced.
It's a whole lot easier to let faceless people go than someone you cannot help but look in the eye.
 

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I hated working from home. Too many distractions, network issues and unable to access share-drive data. After two weeks at home, I volunteered to work everyday in the office, in order to provide program continuity.
Out of curiosity, why no share-drive access? Our VPN lets me access everything from home that I can access in the office, including the shared drives.
 

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And my schedule is flexible enough to split my day, if I need to mow the yard or run to the store in the morning or afternoon.
Same here, although I usually don't leave to go to the store (unless it's just up to the corner to get some smokes). If things are slow at work though, or if I'm running jobs that take some time to complete, I've mowed my yard while I'm working. I just do a couple of laps, check email, etc., do a couple more laps, etc. until I'm done.

And before someone wants to get on me about doing that on "company time", I typically start an hour early (off the clock) so that I make sure they're getting a full day's work for a full day's pay. I also typically check in from time to time on my days off and work (off the clock) if needed. Just keeps my conscience clear.
 

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Outsourcing has been an issue for years, and will continue to be. It's no different now. Economics has always mandated that a worker have "specialized skills (as my high school econ teacher taught)" in order to survive the modern economy.
Outsourcing fears are overblown in my opinion. People are far more likely to lose a position to advances in technology. Whether that be automation or looking down the road, AI.
 

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