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Sorry Capitalist Overlords, but No One Misses Working in an Office

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The pandemic has taken so many simple pleasures from us: going to the movies, drinking at a bar, seeing the lower half of people’s faces. But few, if any of us, complain about no longer going to the office. The shift to work-from-home has done away with long commutes, dress codes, and signing birthday cards for Pamela in Human Resources. While some folks may miss the camaraderie of the office, the benefits of working from home far outweigh being a part of office culture.

But according to a new article from The Information, young employees are losing out on a lot by not working in an office. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said young workers were missing out on “the largest career-learning cycle” of their lives, adding “If I had one piece of advice for younger people in their 30s: Go back to work, … Even if your company doesn’t let you come back, create your own working environment and invite some people over.”

Wait, so a wealthy CEO wants workers to get back to work, regardless of their personal safety? Color me shocked. And he’s not the only one: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that working remotely “does not work” for young people or “those who want to hustle.” Ah yes, the hustle. Must keep hustling, never stop hustling. Because who cares about a global pandemic when there’s networking to be done!

But lest you believe these corporate overlords, according to recent studies, remote work does not hamper productivity. In fact, many workers feel happier and more valued working remotely.

But will no one think of the billionaires, whose offices sit empty? And what of the managers and low level bosses who now can no longer subject their employees to power plays and pressure? Who will care for the Bill Lumberghs of the world and their Hawaiian shirt Fridays!?! WHO WILL UNJAM THE PRINTER IN THIS PAPERLESS WORLD?!

Many took to Twitter to rip these disconnected CEOs and the supposed benefits of working in an office.

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(via The Information, image: 20th Century Fox)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.