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(NPR)   "I feel like it's a little bit of companies' civic duty to return to the office," says the commercial real estate broker. Hey, stop laughing, this is serious   (npr.org) divider line
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2020-09-01 1:13:31 PM  
Oh fark off
 
2020-09-01 2:37:55 PM  
Actually it's the real estate company's civic duty to give companies a break on their rent so they can ensure their employees are paid and safely at home until the pandemic is over.
 
2020-09-01 2:39:44 PM  
Employees: We like working from home.
Management: Reducing office space requirements is nice on the bottom line.
C-Suite: We're prime age demographic to die of COVID. We'll dial in from our yachts.
 
2020-09-01 2:44:18 PM  
He'll look good behind the counter at Burger King. If he works hard some day he can upgrade to McDonalds.
 
2020-09-01 2:50:37 PM  
I know companies are worried about how teams are going to work together now that people are more remote. I have an idea to throw out there- the company retreat should make a come-back.

For big companies, they should essentially buy their own resort that can host 200-1000 (or whatever #) of people at a time. Hotel rooms, conference rooms, etc. Each year, fly people in at least once, have them stay a week. Rotate the teams so people get to come with a variety of other teams. Do annual training, bonding, etc. Have a nice cafeteria, maybe even some wine/beer with dinner.

For smaller companies, same deal, but you'd just work with a resort and pick a week for your entire company.

Why?
1. cheaper than renting office space in big cities.
2. who doesn't want a week away from home every now and then? As long as its once a year or something, most people should be able to get babysitters/etc.
3. better bonding experience than just being forced to be in the same office with people, especially larger offices where you may never end up seeing anyone anyway.
4. a way better deal for workers than having to go into the office every day.
 
2020-09-01 2:52:43 PM  
btw, my suggestion is obviously post-covid.
 
2020-09-01 3:16:51 PM  

Katie98_KT: I know companies are worried about how teams are going to work together now that people are more remote. I have an idea to throw out there- the company retreat should make a come-back.

For big companies, they should essentially buy their own resort that can host 200-1000 (or whatever #) of people at a time. Hotel rooms, conference rooms, etc. Each year, fly people in at least once, have them stay a week. Rotate the teams so people get to come with a variety of other teams. Do annual training, bonding, etc. Have a nice cafeteria, maybe even some wine/beer with dinner.

For smaller companies, same deal, but you'd just work with a resort and pick a week for your entire company.

Why?
1. cheaper than renting office space in big cities.
2. who doesn't want a week away from home every now and then? As long as its once a year or something, most people should be able to get babysitters/etc.
3. better bonding experience than just being forced to be in the same office with people, especially larger offices where you may never end up seeing anyone anyway.
4. a way better deal for workers than having to go into the office every day.


So an office party you can't leave. Sounds ducky.
 
2020-09-01 3:17:58 PM  
I'll tell you this much, you can take my remote work from my cold dead hands. I never needed to be in the office. I never need to be in the office again. If they make me go back, I'll just quit.
 
2020-09-01 3:37:59 PM  

ThighsofGlory: So an office party you can't leave. Sounds ducky.


what's worse- weekly birthday "parties" and "happy" hours with your coworkers plus a commute and being cold/hot/uncomfortable and the cubicle getting smaller and smaller.... or 1 week of that?
 
2020-09-01 5:19:22 PM  

Katie98_KT: ThighsofGlory: So an office party you can't leave. Sounds ducky.

what's worse- weekly birthday "parties" and "happy" hours with your coworkers plus a commute and being cold/hot/uncomfortable and the cubicle getting smaller and smaller.... or 1 week of that?


I vote "no" on all those options.

I'm really glad the places I've worked for did very minimal birthday celebrations and no one expected anyone to show up for the happy hours unless THEIR particular clients or vendors were going. I go to work to work, not to schmooze with my coworkers. And a week away from home to promote "bonding"? Lol. I'd find a new job.
 
2020-09-01 7:08:19 PM  
Jeff Blau: "Whether it's finance, media, law firms, private equity, hedge funds ... I feel like it's a little bit of companies' civic duty to return to the office."

Translation: "If the offices remain empty, then my clients will realize that they don't need to rent from me. Thus, they will not renew their leases."

The proper response to Mr. Blau:

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2020-09-02 6:37:00 AM  

OutsmartBullet: I'll tell you this much, you can take my remote work from my cold dead hands. I never needed to be in the office. I never need to be in the office again. If they make me go back, I'll just quit.


Soooooo much this.
 
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