Elon Musk has made the sentiment famous (or infamous), but I do find it interesting that the same CEOs and high-level managers who are growling, "People need to start working at their offices, in person!" are often the very same ones who bemoan that they can't find anyone for their midlevel and lower "knowledge worker" jobs -- like IT types, who spend their entire day on the phone and online, resetting passwords for forgetful users and helping find lost files or figuring our where data is getting jammed up between one machine and another.
It's one thing if your job involves manipulating the physical world, but those workers, everyone from fry cooks to spacecraft assemblers, farmers to butchers to chemical engineers, were the last to go home during the pandemic and the first to return to work (if they ever left). What do I care if Customer Support is in the office in Duluth, home laying on their couch, or some cubicle warren in Mumbai? What does their boss care? He sure didn't when Mumbai was cheaper! (And hey, that lovely VOIP phone app? It's keeping track of their work, no matter where they are.)
Some jobs don't need to go back to the office. So why should they? So everyone can compare body odors? To line up every morning and sing the corporate song under the watchful eye of their ever-lovin' boss? --Small wonder a lot of the minions are saying Screw That.
Things change. Jobs change. The nature of work changes, and it's not only the workers who must scramble to keep up. Yeah, hey, Mister Boss Man, it's right painful at times, ain't it?
Tough. I've been told that from above often enough; now the cry comes from below. It's still valid.
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