In my last post, I commented on some of the intricacies of the WFH (Working From Home) environment, specifically the impasse that seems to have been reached between some employers who want their employees back on site, and employees who would rather continue to work remotely.
In some cases, employers will eventually say (and some have already said), "This gig is up. Come on back."
But those employers who do that, do so at the risk of losing folks. As I previously said, right now good employees have the upper hand.
And I suppose some employers are fine with that. Nobody is non-replaceable, they say. And I would agree with that.
But then again, employers need good workers and even if they are saying they're not doing the WFH thing, how long will they be willing to see good employees leave and have to rehire and retrain?
My blog friend TB had an insightful comment on my WFH post, explaining how he is a project manager and feels as productive -- even more productive -- working from home as he does if he were in his office.
I am much the same way. TB also said, as part of the WFH world, we have had to become better communicators, and I couldn't agree more. But with everyone being available online, it is not overly difficult.
Many companies were planning to bring folks back, at least part of the time, after Labor Day. But with the delta variant and increased cases, in many cases those plans were postponed. Some of us are now 18 months into remote working.
If we have learned anything from the pandemic, it's that we don't know what we don't know, and I would not begin to predict anything.
But I'll say this. If vaccination rates increase and we see a pattern of cases decreasing, say, over a period of 90 days, I think we'll see companies gearing up their "come back to the workplace" themes around the first of the year. But I've been wrong before.
Of course bad apples spoil it for everyone, and there will always be folks who try to game the system.
There are instances where WFH folks are holding down two jobs! I no longer have the link, but there was a WSJ (Wall Street Journal) piece a few weeks ago that reported on about a half-dozen folks who are managing two different positions. In return for confidentiality, they described to WSJ how they do it.
They say they are able to manage their calendars and phones and strategically manipulate days off, with neither employer being the wiser. And they, of course, pleased to be receiving two salaries. Apparently there a more than a few folks out there doing it.
Although incredibly deceitful and dishonest (you have to lie like cray to make it work), supposedly it's not illegal.
But even if I could sink that low on a moral level, I couldn't handle the stress.