The work-from-home routine was quickly embraced by people when the lockdown began. Many people in Western countries already had some experience of working from home and now seem to have fully adapted to it. Even people and students in Eastern parts such as in Asia have gotten a taste of WFH and feel lackluster in going back to their offices.
There are companies willing to embrace the change and are committed to giving options to their employees to work as they like. Some of these are given on this website. It includes many prominent names such as Amazon, American Express, Facebook, Dropbox, Infosys, Microsoft, Quora, Twitter, Spotify, etc. We can sense a commonality among these companies and can understand that they have things in common such as the type of work which allows them to allow their employees to work from home.
But there are also companies where working from home is not an effective option and the chief executives want to bring employees back to work. JP Morgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon seems off on the idea, saying that “it doesn’t work for those who want to hustle.” But people aren’t fools either, many of these banks want to enforce a ‘hustle culture’ only to make their employees compete harder. Banks are infamous for making their analysts work more than 100 hours a week, the safe limit is 55 hours. A similar bank Citigroup has promised to provide greater flexibility to their employees.
Those who went back to work complain about the transportation and commuting costs. And also about other factors such as taking care of children and paying for childcare, etc. There are people across the world handing in their resignations because their employers want them to come back to dull offices. Employees and the senior management differ completely in perspectives on WFH. For those companies forcing their employees to come back in the name of maintaining ‘company culture’ are being handed resignation letters en masse.
People advocating for worker’s rights are happy that the shift is occurring. Among Gen Z and Millennials the numbers are as lofty as 49% meaning nearly half of all consider quitting if forced to be called back to work. Employees report saying that they have improved perspectives on their life and have gained direction as they got time to sit back and introspect. The constant cycle of going to office is something the new era wants to minimize and to be done only when necessary.