Why companies want employees back in the office

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In my experience this drive to get people back to their desks is not because of poor performance but because its scaring management and HR. Its showing that a decentralised empowered workforce can be efficient and there's a lot of fat that can be trimmed. Im in management too but I much prefer the collaboration organisation approach to the command and control style.
 

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I find it surprising when people claim they are lonely because of working from home. It must be a sad life if you are dependent on people who are forced to be around you (your co-workers) for companionship / human interaction.
 

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In my experience this drive to get people back to their desks is not because of poor performance but because its scaring management and HR. Its showing that a decentralised empowered workforce can be efficient and there's a lot of fat that can be trimmed. Im in management too but I much prefer the collaboration organisation approach to the command and control style.
Yep, many roles are being made redundant. Some low level ones and some management ones. It's no longer a popularity contest when you don't have a chance to get into people's faces.

If you don't have the skills to contribute to the output, you're basically useless. This realisation has scared many Dunning-Kruger types into a panic...
 

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Slow delivery service
People not working
People who become complacent and lazy
correct

In my wife's section, out of 12, 2 do zero work. (which they have complained about)
She works some nights and it is irritating me.

8 till 4 and then switch off from work.
I have work people calling me at night, that now i put my phone on silent and ignore

I do more work, but instead of doing nothing lunch hour, i am doing some DIY stuff at home when i am not in the office (when i need be there)
But the real reason? Many of these companies spent millions and hundreds of millions on fancy offices, desks, etc where it looks cool for their staff to work. Some even charge their staff parking. And now with the staff working from home, they loose out on it. Actually it saves them electricity, water, coffee, etc But heck, we loose out on building costs and charging our staff for parking.
hahaha.
And business cant fully keep track of staff
 

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Unfortunately my company is one of those ''If we don't see you, you aren't working'' types.

The irony? We specialise in office automation and managed print services. For the office-bound staff, not a single moment of our working day involves direct contact with any of our clients with the very rare exception of a site visit or meeting, but then you can just as easily come in to the office/visit a site as and when required. Half of our clients aren't even in the same province. Not even our support staff need to be at the office unless its the technical staff picking up parts. So what the hell difference does it make whether I am in the office or at home?

We could literally rent a warehouse with small office space, hot-desk and save huge amounts of money.

But no. They are now consolidating two branches so we can cram every idiot in Gauteng in to one building and it means driving an extra 80/90 km a day to do what I can from home.

Dinosaurs.
 
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stoymigo

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Can't let go of the traditional business model.

Agreed.

Imo it's management of some companies that want to see ppl in the office to feel they are managing them.

It might gave them a psychological feeling of superiority....can't feel superior when you are not regularly walking past employees sitting in their cubicles.
 

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Unfortunately my company is one of those ''If we don't see you, you aren't working'' types.

The irony? We specialise in office automation and managed print services. For the office-bound staff, not a single moment of our working day involves direct contact with any of our clients with the very rare exception of a site visit or meeting, but then you can just as easily come in to the office/visit a site as and when required. Half of our clients aren't even in the same province. Not even our support staff need to be at the office unless its the technical staff picking up parts. So what the hell difference does it make whether I am in the office or at home?

We could literally rent a warehouse with small office space, hot-desk and save huge amounts of money.

But no. They are now consolidating two branches so we can cram every idiot in Gauteng in to one building and it means driving an extra 80/90 km a day to do what I can from home.

Dinosaurs.
For an 80 to 90km journey I would seriously start looking for another job.
 

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I find it a little hard to believe companies would want their employees back in the office if lockdown had proven them to be more productive working from home.

Which implies WFH is not the universal silver bullet, there are cases where work performance is decreasing from simply changing the work location.

That aside, the companies doing WFH for client facing services really need to improve the equipment issued to employees. There have been numerous times I've called into a support center (banks, online store, etc) or a sales department, and the WFH person answering is either on horrible loudspeaker and difficult to hear, or has background noise (music, kids/baby, other people conversing), or has static interference from a bad quality connection, or a combination.
 

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Which implies WFH is not the universal silver bullet, there are cases where work performance is decreasing from simply changing the work location.

That aside, the companies doing WFH for client facing services really need to improve the equipment issued to employees. There have been numerous times I've called into a support center (banks, online store, etc) or a sales department, and the WFH person answering is either on horrible loudspeaker and difficult to hear, or has background noise (music, kids/baby, other people conversing), or has static interference from a bad quality connection, or a combination.

Nail! Head!

We've got a hideous VOIP system, surprised customers don't go elsewhere.
 

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I am more productive working from home.
Why?

I control my own room temperature.
I have my own water cooler.
I have my own coffee machine.
I have my own chair.
I have my own desk.
I have my own office.
I have my own window.
I have my own light switch.
I have my own space. I am not stuck in some god forsaken 1.5m x 2m cubicle.

It is heaven. To maintain heaven, i prove my effectiveness working from home. Or suffer the life of the masses. Stuck in some sht environment full of noise and distractions.
 

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Fun days. Used to work for a massive insurance corporate a few years ago. Just started working from home 1 day, then 2 days, then 3 days a week. No one said anything as my output was alway way above average. Eventually I used to come into the office just to relax and socialise - think I stopped everyone else working! Eventually got it sorted so I disappeared overseas for weeks at a time working remotely. Don't think anyone else managed to pull that off as far as I know.
 

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Unfortunately my company is one of those ''If we don't see you, you aren't working'' types.

The irony? We specialise in office automation and managed print services. For the office-bound staff, not a single moment of our working day involves direct contact with any of our clients with the very rare exception of a site visit or meeting, but then you can just as easily come in to the office/visit a site as and when required. Half of our clients aren't even in the same province. Not even our support staff need to be at the office unless its the technical staff picking up parts. So what the hell difference does it make whether I am in the office or at home?

We could literally rent a warehouse with small office space, hot-desk and save huge amounts of money.

But no. They are now consolidating two branches so we can cram every idiot in Gauteng in to one building and it means driving an extra 80/90 km a day to do what I can from home.

Dinosaurs.
The days of doing that sort of commute to the office are over and should be for anyone still having to be forced to do it. We are not in 2019 anymore.
 

Solitude

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I get far more work done from home. Don't have to waste my time driving to the office and back. Don't have to chat with everyone at the office. The coffee here at home is ten times better than the instant coffee at work.

And I'm just so much more comfortable at home. Here I've got everything set up the way I like it.

If we have to work from the office again then I'll look for a different job. Chances are we'll start working from the office one or two days a week and I'm fine with that but if it's back to a full week then I'll actively look for something else.
 
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