Sorry Capitalist Overlords, but No One Misses Working in an Office
No commute? No problem!
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.
COVID, for one. Commuting, for another.
But also the abuse & assaults of owners & managers who have nothing else to do to prove they're in charge.https://t.co/iUevztPFNz
— Get vaccinated. Against COVID & fascism. web rant (@web_rant) January 6, 2022
The idea of an office is almost offensively stupid. The business place. You come here to get on the computer
— I'm a streamer now (@InternetHippo) August 10, 2020
young employees are missing out on wasting hours of their day commuting to the job they hate. you can't really put a price tag on that. https://t.co/1RCzLCsy5T
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 6, 2022
"Losing out" on control freaks who take themselves too seriously, risky office romances/politics/power plays, shitty workspaces, misogyny, racism, and other assorted bigotry?
Nah, my young employees are just fine at home. https://t.co/LpHmQQYKzn
— USDAB33f (@USDAb33f) January 8, 2022
The sources for this are hilarious. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that working remotely “does not work” for young people or “those who want to hustle.”
I’m sure outstanding Chase loans for failing commercial real estate isn’t a conflict of interest. https://t.co/r8CYcQ3x9p
— Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) January 7, 2022
young employees are losing out on catching covid and paying $5 for gas https://t.co/UOArOLi3PR
— alexa (@mariokartdwi) January 6, 2022
FTFY: “Young employees cannot be surveilled for productivity when they don’t go to the office, business experts say” https://t.co/CDuJqUb69w
— Deondre A. Smiles, Ph.D. (@DeondreSmiles) January 8, 2022
Young employees are losing out 'on a lot' by not smoking cigarettes, marlboro say https://t.co/264HeMLEqO
— Shreksbunghole (@shreksbunghole) January 6, 2022
Young employees who haven’t had to endure a commute or catty insults or micromanagement or casual harassment or demeaning language or unpaid team obligations really don’t mind. https://t.co/qqH8JAhW1B
— Tur-Brandon Latham 🦃 (@blathamNH) January 7, 2022
(via The Information, image: 20th Century Fox)
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