The acronym that is the title of this post is WFH - Working From Home.
I don't know if the acronym predates COVID, but it has definitely come into its own since the beginning of the pandemic some 18 months ago.
Many companies, after sending folks home in the beginning, brought folks back after a few months. Some have done it more gradually. Some have developed hybrid models, with a combination of working in the office and WFH. Others have maintained the WFH model.
I find it fascinating to observe. The fact is, a lot of folks like WFH. They claim it saves them all kinds of commuting time and gas money. It helps with family life.
All of that is understandable.
Consequently, these folks would like to continue WFH. Some employers, however, want their employees on site.
What is especially interesting to observe is the standoff between the employers who say, "Come back to the office" and the workers who say, "I don't want to."
I'm old school, so I tend to be of the opinion that WFH is not an entitlement. If your employer wants you on site, I suppose that's where you need to be if you want to keep your job with said employer.
Or, if WFH has become a non-negotiable for you, perhaps you need to seek employment with an employer that will allow it.
But therein lies a bit of the rub. We are at a place in history where employment is a seller's market, meaning many skilled employees have the upper hand, and many employers desperately need workers.
"I'll see your 'you can't work from home' and raise you with 'see if you can find someone to fill this job that has my qualifications.' "
Who is bluffing whom? It's hard to tell.
But these are interesting times in the workplace.