After working from home for two years, we are being “encouraged” to return to the office. Most of us see no point in returning to the office and suffering through long commutes again. I expect it to get ugly.

What about you?

I work in a tech company in Europe. They want to force us to come to the office every two weeks because “we need to create bonds, don’t forget we are a big family”. For me, that entails 4 hours of commute every day, and they don’t even cover all the expenses. So far, I’ve been able to tell them to piss off. Let’s see how long this lasts.

“we need to create bonds, don’t forget we are a big family”

I audibly chuckled

I work in tech and the CIO convinced the CEO to allow the IT department to work remotely full-time forever because we’d lose already hard-to-retain talent, but all the other departments are required to come back into the office.

Our company took the same approach. Tech was able to demonstrate better productivity by staying remote. It’s good to have the data for the business case.

The insanity of being forced to commute, at a basic level, and producing 8 figures of profits for higher ups that then take credit while I was paid less than the going rate for my services (which was itself low), is precisely why I became self employed 15 years ago.

It’s kinda nice that people are waking up to how much we are being exploited but I kinda feel like it’s 2 generations too late. Maybe 3 if you count those who aren’t of working age yet and were born into this dystopia.

This isn’t just a failed system, and failed economy, it’s been failed for 30 or so years.

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