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Jun 2 - Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home
 

 

The drive to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work as the new normal.

A six-minute meeting drove Portia Twidt to quit her job.

She’d taken the position as a research compliance specialist in February, enticed by promises of remote work.

Then came the prodding to go into the office.

Meeting invites piled up.

The final straw came a few weeks ago: the request for an in-person gathering, scheduled for all of 360 seconds. Twidt got dressed, dropped her two kids at daycare, drove to the office, had the brief chat and decided she was done.

“I had just had it,” said Twidt, 33, who lives in Marietta, Georgia.

With the coronavirus pandemic receding for every vaccine that reaches an arm, the push by some employers to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work as the new normal.

While companies from Google to Ford Motor Co. and Citigroup Inc. have promised greater flexibility, many chief executives have publicly extolled the importance of being in offices.

Some have lamented the perils of remote work, saying it diminishes collaboration and company culture. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon said at a recent conference that it doesn’t work “for those who want to hustle.”

But legions of employees aren’t so sure. If anything, the past year has proved that lots of work can be done from anywhere, sans lengthy commutes on crowded trains or highways.

Some people have moved.

Others have lingering worries about the virus and vaccine-hesitant colleagues.

And for Twidt, there’s also the notion that some bosses, particularly those of a generation less familiar to remote work, are eager to regain tight control of their minions.

“They feel like we’re not working if they can’t see us,” she said. “It’s a boomer power-play.”

It’s still early to say how the post-pandemic work environment will look.

Only about 28% of U.S. office workers are back at their buildings, according to an index of 10 metro areas compiled by security company Kastle Systems.

Many employers are still being lenient with policies as the virus lingers, vaccinations continue to roll out and childcare situations remain erratic.

But as office returns accelerate, some employees may want different options.

A May survey of 1,000 U.S. adults showed that 39% would consider quitting if their employers weren’t flexible about remote work.

The generational difference is clear: Among millennials and Gen Z, that figure was 49%, according to the poll by Morning Consult on behalf of Bloomberg News.

“High-five to them,” said Sara Sutton, the CEO of FlexJobs, a job-service platform focused on flexible employment. “Remote work and hybrid are here to stay.”

The lack of commutes and cost savings are the top benefits of remote work, according to a FlexJobs survey of 2,100 people released in April.

More than a third of the respondents said they save at least $5,000 per year by working remotely.

Not having to commute is the top benefit for remote workers.

Jimme Hendrix, a 30-year-old software developer in the Netherlands, quit his job in December as the web-application company he worked for was gearing up to bring employees back to the office in February.

“During Covid I really started to see how much I enjoyed working from home,” Hendrix said.

Now he does freelance work and helps his girlfriend grow her art business.

He used to spend two hours each day commuting; now the couple is considering selling their car and instead relying on bikes.

One of the main benefits, he says, is more control over his own time:

“I can just do whatever I want around the house, like a quick chore didn’t have to wait until like 8 p.m. anymore, or I can go for a quick walk.”

Of course, not everyone has the flexibility to choose.

For the millions of frontline workers who stock the shelves of grocery stores, care for patients in hospitals and nursing homes, or drop off packages at people’s doors, there are scant alternative options to showing up in person.

But among those who can, many are weighing their alternatives, said Anthony Klotz, an a*sociate professor of management at Texas A&M University, who’s researched why people quit jobs.

Bosses taking a hard stance should beware, particularly given labor shortages in the economy, he said.

“If you’re a company that thinks everything’s going back to normal, you may be right but it’s pretty risky to hope that’s the case,” he said.

At least some atop the corporate ladder seem to be paying attention.

In a Jan. 12 PwC survey of 133 executives, fewer than one in five said they want to go back to pre-pandemic routines.

But only 13% were prepared to let go of the office for good.

Alison Green, founder of workplace-advice website Ask a Manager, said she’s been contacted by many people with qualms about going back, citing concerns about unvaccinated colleagues and Covid precautions.

Some have said they’re looking for jobs at companies they feel take the virus seriously, or will let them work from anywhere.

Some things are indeed lost with remote work, Green said, like opportunities for collaboration or learning for junior employees.

But, she added: “I think we need to have a more nuanced discussion than: hustlers only do well in the office.”

For Sarah-Marie Martin, who lived in Manhattan and worked as a partner at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. when the pandemic struck, the months at home gave her time to redraw the blueprint of her life.

“When you have this existential experience, you have time to step back and think,” Martin said.

“In my previous life, I didn’t have time to get super deep and philosophical.”

The mother of five moved her family to the New Jersey shore.

And once the push to get back to offices picked up, the idea of commuting hardly seemed alluring.

This spring, Martin accepted a fully remote position as chief financial officer of Yumi, a Los Angeles-based maker of baby food.

Gene Garland, 24, unknowingly opened the floodgates to people’s frustrations about office returns. After his employer, an IT company, in April told people they needed to start coming in, two of his close colleagues handed in their resignation letters. Garland, who lives in Hampton, Virginia, tapped out a tweet:

Hundreds of people responded, with many outlining plans, or at least hopes, to leave their own jobs. Garland says he himself has no plans to quit, but empathizes with those who do.

“Working inside of a building really does restrict time a lot more than you think,” he said.

“A lot of people are afraid of the cycle where you work and work and work -- and then you die.”

Twidt, the compliance specialist in Georgia, had already lined up a new job by the time she handed in her resignation letter: a role at a Washington-based company.

The recruiter that approached her, Twidt said, asked what it would take to get her on board. She replied that she would prefer something 100% remote.

“They said, ‘we can do that for you immediately.’”
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 2 months ago '07        #2
yola  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x56 OP
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cracks in the plantation
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 2 months ago '05        #3
EMPATHY  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x55
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Work from home covids>>>>
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 2 months ago '11        #4
Broseph Stalin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 SweezyDeuce said
fu*k an office if I can get it done at home.

Also never going to a doctors office again without a mask. Think of how stupid we were for years going there and just breathing each other’s hot sick virus/bacteria infested breath and even worse for exposing our loved ones and children

Pandemic been a blessing to my life. Lost weight. Focused on family and knowledge. Exposed the stupid fu*ks publicly. Lots more too!
Bro pandemic high key been in a blessing in my life. Prior I was working 2 entry level jobs and blowing all my money on going out partying, a n*gga was starting to look old and unhealthy.

Since, I’ve been able to sit down and get my IT cents and jump into a dev net job from home where I’m managing a couple projects on my own time so I’m sleeping more. Saved hella money from not going out, at first I was looking into just upgrading my apartment but I’m actually at the point of looking at homes.

Long story short, pandemic was a sh*tty era for most people but I’m blessed, it honestly gave a n*gga a chance to stop a breath and reevaluate life. switched my diet up, dropped 8 pounds, got my education up, already eyeing another cert to get more gigs/raises. Still smoking an ounce a month but no more drinking and it’s a big difference. Never ever ever in my lifetime getting on a fu*king airplane without a mask again. Same for the doctors.
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 2 months ago '13        #5
Facts B  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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My job met us halfway and said we have to do 2 days in the office and 3 at home.
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 2 months ago '05        #6
projectd06 
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Sounds like anyone looking for one of these jobs has a better chance now, I'm a*suming they ain't the best jobs if you can up and quit like that.

Lucky I cant work from home and dont have to go from chilling at home back to the office.
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 2 months ago '07        #7
varun313 
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Jobs are paying a record level low right now cuz of this stupid pandemic
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 2 months ago '18        #8
ibarackedyomama 
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 Facts B said
My job met us halfway and said we have to do 2 days in the office and 3 at home.
Most people would take that over being in the office everyday, these companies need to learn to be more flexible.
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 2 months ago '04        #9
focused313 
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I've been going to work this entire time, but I'm not mad at anyone who doesn't want to do that sh*t. There are entire industries, such as Finance, I have no idea why they have to be at a physical location, especially more than once or twice a week.

If an employee can't get the job done, then by all means, "make" them come back. But if output is the same, fu*k that building.
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 2 months ago '18        #10
Thanos 
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 Facts B said
My job met us halfway and said we have to do 2 days in the office and 3 at home.
My job is doing pretty much the same thing....sh*t sucks for me though because for this past year I was literally the only one in our office lol..I'd have my feet up watching movies and sh*t and now some of these fu*ks are slowly coming back

Also this past year as been maybe the most productive for our company but the president wants everyone back for "morale"....hardly anyone wants to come back though


Last edited by Thanos; 06-02-2021 at 03:01 PM..
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 2 months ago '18        #11
addth3sauce  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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But what other jobs are they getting is the switch really that easy. Those resumes must be strong
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 2 months ago '05        #12
pippen33 
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 projectd06 said
Sounds like anyone looking for one of these jobs has a better chance now, I'm a*suming they ain't the best jobs if you can up and quit like that.

Lucky I cant work from home and dont have to go from chilling at home back to the office.
Or they are the best jobs so people have money saved and can quit. And they know it will be fairly easy for them to find another job because their great candidates.

Its when you are living paycheck to paycheck that you cant just quit.
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 2 months ago '16        #13
Novii  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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What are they gonna do? Send you home?


Plenty of places hiring remotely
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 2 months ago '16        #14
debo1k 
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Caught a blessing off indeed a lot of remote jobs hiring rn.. my last job tried to play me!! Mfs was catching COVID left n right they ain’t care the pandemic showed me a lot of mfs r slaves!! Still going in that bi*ch it’s crazy how ppl r institutionalized n don’t even know!

I worked my move n got outta there stayed positive n sh*t going up

My best advice is get into cyber security all you need is a few certs n work ya move with the right ppl this sh*t wide open right now change ya situation by changing ur thoughts if u see ya self making a bag at the crib then u can do exactly that!
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 2 months ago '04        #15
deziking  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Man it's bullsh*t working in office. Listening to other people's bullsh*t a*s stories.
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 2 months ago '04        #16
ddash 
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 projectd06 said
Sounds like anyone looking for one of these jobs has a better chance now, I'm a*suming they ain't the best jobs if you can up and quit like that.

Lucky I cant work from home and dont have to go from chilling at home back to the office.
I been said its plenty of jobs out there. PLENTYTTTYYYYY

All I see are hiring signs
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 2 months ago '16        #17
BraveSoleXIII 
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 SweezyDeuce said
fu*k an office if I can get it done at home.

Also never going to a doctors office again without a mask. Think of how stupid we were for years going there and just breathing each other’s hot sick virus/bacteria infested breath and even worse for exposing our loved ones and children

Pandemic been a blessing to my life. Lost weight. Focused on family and knowledge. Exposed the stupid fu*ks publicly. Lots more too!
i'm literally sitting in the doctor's office with strep and EVERYBODY else is there with a different ailment. stupid, just stupid.
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 2 months ago '06        #18
Brian 
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anyone can be replaced lol... keep it moving
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 2 months ago '05        #19
crazyquicks  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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This week is my first week back full time and I'll be quitting soon. Just wrapping up some interviews now. No way I'm gonna ever go back to the office full time, it makes no sense.
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 2 months ago '15        #20
majorpain1963 
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Work from home gang WAY before the pandemic

Welcome to the party naggas

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 2 months ago '13        #21
Mr K  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Before the plandemic one of my companies that I work for bought a building at a record high amount to have us in, and we work two or three days in the office always asking why the hell are we in the office when we could do everything at home.

The damn owners lived in a whole another country anyway. A lot of these companies are just leaking money for dumb purposes. Hire responsible employees and just let them work in at home and save money in the back end
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 2 months ago '10        #22
jbn2233 
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Yeah I'd work in an office 1 day a week tops if not pound sand. Your dumbass managers can track your work output anyways so whats the fu*king diff. Also they blow millions on rent for fancy building in cities,how about just giving that money to your employees in the form of higher wages.
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 2 months ago '18        #23
WeedCanuckman  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x18
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 SweezyDeuce said
fu*k an office if I can get it done at home.

Also never going to a doctors office again without a mask. Think of how stupid we were for years going there and just breathing each other’s hot sick virus/bacteria infested breath and even worse for exposing our loved ones and children

Pandemic been a blessing to my life. Lost weight. Focused on family and knowledge. Exposed the stupid fu*ks publicly. Lots more too!
Word I’m probably at my healthiest and fittest so far
Gyms shut down and I had to adapt and started running outside and worked out at home.
I’m at my fastest and strongest right now. I probably will not go back to the gym like its already a waste going there and going back.
At home I work out hop in the shower and go on with my day. And if needed I can run before going to work and shower at the same time before work.

But yeah I’m probably doing that for the doctors office or clinic too


Last edited by WeedCanuckman; 06-02-2021 at 03:23 PM..
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 2 months ago '05        #24
Truth33 
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People are so soft that it’s sad
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 2 months ago '08        #25
Ridah  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Im glad this sh*t happening they created this hoax, didn't think it all the way through & now nobody wanna work idk who's worse
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