Maybe this is /r/maliciouscompliance, but figured everyone would appreciate it here.
My office is opening for 3 days/week starting in March. Each VP & Director was told to work with their team to make sure that everyone was coming in on the same days for better “collaboration and team building.”
Due to everyone having been working from home, there's been the inevitable “calendar creep” for everyone. Meetings starting right at 8 AM, being back-to-back through the day, etc. It's been tolerated while WFH because most people (myself included) would roll from bed to computer at 7:55 for the first call.
Well, the VP of my team thinks the idea of suddenly waking up earlier to shower, get dressed, commute, etc. to be in the office for 8 AM is stupid. So when he picked the 3 days a week, he put in place a “stand-up meeting” that starts at 8:15 (everyone lives within a 30-40 minute commute). He encourages everyone to take it from the car, and they rarely take longer than 20 minutes, but he scheduled them for 30. The day is starting on time, most people are in the office by 9, and then he encourages everyone to leave by 3:30 and do an “inbox cleanup” from home to end the day.
Meanwhile, other departments are being told “8-5” in the office.