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[#] Mon Feb 22 2021 14:04:43 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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My wife said at the start that Covid is going to change the workplace forever. Offices are going to realize the cost savings and other benefits with remote workers and that their FEARS about the abuses of WFH roles were exaggerated. 

WFH will often create an increase in productivity - because smart workers will put in their own time, when an inspiration hits them, if they can do it from home in their PJs while getting OTHER things done. It is a real Work Life Balance issue. 

There has been so much resistance to this in the workplace - but across the board, it increases productivity and decreases costs, overhead, liabilities. It is stupid that the workplace has resisted it so hard until now. 

Just the amount of time lost in COMMUTING that WFH offsets is *insane*. Allowing employees to WFH basically gives them an instant raise in reduced fuel costs and allows them to regain their own personal time. 

Bosses are idiots. 

 



[#] Mon Feb 22 2021 15:48:46 EST from Nurb432

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My manager was dead set against it. he lives in the 50s.  Good guy in most all other ways, but he felt he had to 'be there' with us.  Few years ago he caved to peer pressure, and let us work from home one day a week. Then Covid = full time.  Tho he tried to fight it, met in the middle at 50% in office, but even that never happened due to director level decisions.  Now that we have been gone a year, he realizes we can still do the job.  Several others went thru the same growing pains.  ( some, were all for it at the start )

Some of our 'business units' even turned in their floors late last year, with no intent to come back, ever. No more rent for them. ( tho its sort of funny money, we own the building.. but there is a BU that changes us all per square foot to use the place. That covers AC, heat, water, etc.  If most all left, not sure how that would work.  Might raise the charges as the building HAS to stay and be open. We have public facing BUs. Instead of departments, were independently funded and functioning business units, so its sort of an odd situation. Anyone that was in a remote building that we didnt own that was not 'regional need', was ordered back to save costs ( we lost 20% of our budget last year across the board due to the virus ). And since some left to go home, there was room for them now.

We still have some micromanagers who have their people there and only let them go home when it was *mandated*.  So they can sit and stare at them all day. Right down to the second. "person x just got off a call, they were on it for 12.3 seconds".  I would refuse to work for a person like that.

And yes i totally agree. aside from more abstract benefits like reduced stress and increased happiness ( for most.. some struggle at home all alone ), you get back time in your day for not having to commute, or deal with lunch. Travel saved me 2+ hours a day..Lunch now is walking the dogs to the park, not hiding somewhere at the office to eat and not be bothered. I still drive around my side of town for food and stuff and other things when needed, but i dont think i put 1k miles on my car since shut down.  I go weeks before i buy gas now. And i normally drive a jeep, which is not known for MPG.  Clothing, while we went causal some time ago, i'm sure helps a lot of other people that had to be more formal at the office.  Not worn a watch in a year..  Earbud batteries, dead as door nail :).  

About the only thing i miss out on is that i used to walk to/from my desk start/end of day, and after lunch, and often one break. 10th floor.  No elevator unless i was running late. Walking the dogs does not replace that level of exercise.

Mon Feb 22 2021 14:04:43 EST from ParanoidDelusions

My wife said at the start that Covid is going to change the workplace forever. Offices are going to realize the cost savings and other benefits with remote workers and that their FEARS about the abuses of WFH roles were exaggerated. 

WFH will often create an increase in productivity - because smart workers will put in their own time, when an inspiration hits them, if they can do it from home in their PJs while getting OTHER things done. It is a real Work Life Balance issue. 

There has been so much resistance to this in the workplace - but across the board, it increases productivity and decreases costs, overhead, liabilities. It is stupid that the workplace has resisted it so hard until now. 

Just the amount of time lost in COMMUTING that WFH offsets is *insane*. Allowing employees to WFH basically gives them an instant raise in reduced fuel costs and allows them to regain their own personal time. 

Bosses are idiots. 

 



 



[#] Tue Feb 23 2021 14:45:36 EST from LoanShark

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Would be really nice to ride out the next 5 years or so i have left,
at home.  Going into the office every day just to sit behind a
monitor is overrated for many of us. Greatly overrated.

I've got mixed feelings about that. I don't miss my daily commute; it was expensive and time consuming. I do miss the proximity to NYC bars and restaurants. I also don't miss the proximity to bars and restaurants; too easy to drink overpriced alcohol to excess.

Being home all the time is a bit of a downer.

Ultimately it doesn't matter what I think: the CEO has made it clear that at some point, things will go back to normal, and at that point, he will no longer be interested in being a work-from-home shop.

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