As we come out of the pandemic, millions of americans are starting to question what they found during the time spent indoors with their loved ones, and what they potentially could have lost in the most catastrophic of situations.
More people quit their jobs in April than any other month in the history of the US tracking work statistics as companies that have survived and in some cases thrived during the pandemic make the short sided decision to compel their employees to return to the office.
Instead of recognizing the value add of a more rested and happy workforce, some companies like JP Morgan are putting out public threats to their employees about what happens if they dont return to the commute and grind of daily work life we were accustomed to a year and a half ago.
So whats the deal? Are these “old school” companies so arrogant that they feel like losing 10-20% of their white collar work force is a drop in the bucket, or that they can be replaced easily, and there will be no consequences? Are they banking on people becoming desperate when extended unemployment benefits turn off?
Why the short sidedness now? The future of work is remote, and we have over a year of data now showing that it works. Are they cutting off their nose to spite their face simply for the ability to control the lives of their workers and force these unneeded commutes and office hours upon them?
Are there any business owners here that are planning to make a permanent switch to remote work? Why or why not? I would love to get some input from that side, because I currently dont see an argument for this push to return to the office for non customer facing roles.