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Take This Office and Shove It "You Want Me Back? I Quit"

Despite a rise in Covid Delta cases, companies are starting to summon workers back. Employees prefer more flexible office schedules.
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Percentage of Workers Who Have Returned to the Office

The Boss Wants You Back in the Office. Like, Now.

The WSJ article The Boss Wants You Back in the Office. Like, Now is an interesting take about forced return to the office

Many CEOs say their companies function best when employees can interact in person. Workers have indicated in surveys they want greater flexibility about where and how they work.

Complicating return efforts is that many employees have gotten used to working at home, and have replaced time spent commuting with additional work or new personal routines. Some workers are juggling child-care duties, with vaccines still unavailable for younger children. 

People are already saying: ‘You want me back? I quit,’ ” said Mark Ein, chairman of Kastle Systems, a security firm that works with companies across the U.S. and monitors how many workers are swiping into office buildings in major American cities each day

Some companies are demanding all workers return to the office now. Here are a few examples. 

  • Abbott Laboratories executives told corporate employees to return to the company’s headquarters near Chicago this month.
  • “I don’t need to be wishy-washy,” said Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage, which went public as UWM Holdings Corp. earlier this year. “I have never wavered on this. We are better together. If you have an amazing culture, and great people that collaborate and work together, you want them in the office together.”
  • Office attendance at CenterPoint Energy Inc.,  a Houston company that delivers electric power in Texas, is back to pre-pandemic levels. The company told all corporate employees to return to its headquarters downtown in June after asking some senior-level employees to return last year.

Due to the Delta variant, Apple has delayed return to the office until September. But in general, return to the office demands are centered around Labor Day.

Average Commute Times

Average Commute Times by State

Resistance is easy to understand. Commute times can take a couple of hours out of every day for some workers. The average commute time is 26 minutes so that's nearly an hour lost.

Child care also comes into play as does fear of Covid as kids don't get vaccinated.

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There is so much demand for labor that people can switch jobs to resist a demand to return to the office.

Requested Job Perks

Which Benefits are Most Valued

Following health care benefits, flexible work hours, more vacation time, and work-from-home options are the most sought job perks.

There is so much demand for labor that people can switch jobs to resist a demand to return to the office.

Whether companies like it or not the 9-5 and 8-5 jobs are going to be increasingly hard to fill.


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