What's with the recent push from upper/middle management to get people back in the office. I don't understand why this has become a new battlefront. I have also seen a lot of articles in the media from right wing pundits about “getting back to the office” the sentiment being that employees are better off and happier working in the office. I don't know who has been apart of this research but that hasn't been my personal experience from speaking to colleagues and friends. Literally no one I have spoke to wants to go back full time, part time yes maybe.
My company has an all staff meeting tomorrow whereby the general theme will be getting staff back into the office, however they have considerably downsized our office and expect most staff to be in a very small and compact room, which will be hell in terms of keeping focused. I think my work rate will actually suffer because of it.
I can only think that the reason for the big push is for middle managers to justify their role and also justify the amount of rent the company is paying for the office space.
What are your thoughts ? Any feedback on arguments I can construct around my role staying entirely or even partly WFH ?