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(Slate)   When asked about returning to the office, one person admitted "I don't trust anyone the same way and I don't think I ever will again." Seems not everyone is mentally prepared to return to the old 9 to 5   (slate.com) divider line
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2021-04-12 7:29:43 AM  
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2021-04-12 8:00:28 AM  
The thought of sharing a bathroom with her co-workers again has my wife horrified. Plus the fact that she has a bunch of anti-maskers that refuse to maintain any sort of distance has her anxious. At least they aren't making anyone go back until after July 4th.
 
2021-04-12 8:13:51 AM  
I never got to work from home, so I guess I'll just have to brace to have a few more people around.
 
2021-04-12 8:15:31 AM  
I returned to the office last June because my boss can't bear the thought of not monitoring everyone on security cameras all day.

And yes, my filthy coworkers are trying to kill me. One stupid biatch in my office, as we sat around a conference table in a meeting, removed her mask to farking COUGH.
 
2021-04-12 9:06:16 AM  
Yeah, welcome to my world in the middle of the pandemic.


aimtastic: I returned to the office last June because my boss can't bear the thought of not monitoring everyone on security cameras all day.

And yes, my filthy coworkers are trying to kill me. One stupid biatch in my office, as we sat around a conference table in a meeting, removed her mask to farking COUGH.


I actually checked your profile to make sure you are not in my office.
 
2021-04-12 9:55:33 AM  
Some of us have had to go into the office the entire time, even though the job could easily be done from home.  And yeah, don't trust anyone.  Even people who you might assume aren't idiots, are.
 
2021-04-12 10:06:59 AM  

ltnor: The thought of sharing a bathroom with her co-workers again has my wife horrified. Plus the fact that she has a bunch of anti-maskers that refuse to maintain any sort of distance has her anxious. At least they aren't making anyone go back until after July 4th.


Just tell her everyone poops
 
2021-04-12 10:08:10 AM  
I've been going to the office on campus more than anyone in my department since this started. The main reason is because I do NOT like "working" from home; however, I also didn't mind going in because hardly anyone has been here. Most of the folks I work with really like working from home, though. Now that we're starting to "phase in" a gradual return it's weird to see so many people protesting it...I mean, we've all been lucky enough to still have jobs and people are still complaining.

The downside is that years ago the powers-that-be turned my department into one of those open floor plan designs which was stupid from the get-go. The PtB, however, kept their own private offices so they don't have as much to worry about. I'm lucky enough to have my own private (mostly) area so I'm okay. But I can see why so many others don't want to come back in: they'll be in the middle of the petri dish while those calling the shots can do so from seclusion.
 
2021-04-12 10:08:30 AM  

aimtastic: I returned to the office last June because my boss can't bear the thought of not monitoring everyone on security cameras all day.

And yes, my filthy coworkers are trying to kill me. One stupid biatch in my office, as we sat around a conference table in a meeting, removed her mask to farking COUGH.


Welcome to used car saleman capitalism
 
2021-04-12 10:14:50 AM  

Linux_Yes: ltnor: The thought of sharing a bathroom with her co-workers again has my wife horrified. Plus the fact that she has a bunch of anti-maskers that refuse to maintain any sort of distance has her anxious. At least they aren't making anyone go back until after July 4th.

Just tell her everyone poops


That's part of the issue. Some of the women she works with have some aiming issues.
 
2021-04-12 10:28:50 AM  
I don't look forward to going back to the office. I was hired just as WFH started and I feel comfortable in my little groove working at home. I guess I'll just lock myself in my office and avoid as many meetings as possible....  "oh yeah, these allergy symptoms. I don't know if they are covid or just allergies.... cough.cough..... should I just stay in my office while you folks go into the conference room? Oh I should go home? Ok, if.you really think so...."
 
2021-04-12 10:35:51 AM  

Linux_Yes: aimtastic: I returned to the office last June because my boss can't bear the thought of not monitoring everyone on security cameras all day.

And yes, my filthy coworkers are trying to kill me. One stupid biatch in my office, as we sat around a conference table in a meeting, removed her mask to farking COUGH.

Welcome to used car saleman capitalism


This comment is extra funny because I work in the office of a car dealership.
 
2021-04-12 10:52:14 AM  

ltnor: The thought of sharing a bathroom with her co-workers again has my wife horrified. Plus the fact that she has a bunch of anti-maskers that refuse to maintain any sort of distance has her anxious. At least they aren't making anyone go back until after July 4th.


We don't have a return date yet (Oregon, still super slow on vaccinations), but I can relate. Even pre-pandemic, I rarely heard any of the women in the office wash their hands on their way out of the bathroom, and heard the men were just as bad if not worse (like, it was a joke around the office...). We have locked doors into most places too, so I was already a hand sanitizer user.

Add in that these people just LOVE potlucks - they tried to schedule one last November (2 weeks after Halloween), and then rescheduled it for December (2 weeks after Thanksgiving) before finally giving up. They're already trying to plan the next one whenever we're forced back into the office. I was already leery of my coworkers, but now I'm full on repulsed by being anywhere near them.
 
2021-04-12 10:57:38 AM  

Linux_Yes: Just tell her everyone poops


Everyone may poop.  But (except maybe twice), I haven't had to poop without the benefit of a hot water bidet seat for a year now.  Not going to lie, that'd be a serious loss in quality of life.

MelGoesOnTour: The downside is that years ago the powers-that-be turned my department into one of those open floor plan designs which was stupid from the get-go. The PtB, however, kept their own private offices so they don't have as much to worry about. I'm lucky enough to have my own private (mostly) area so I'm okay. But I can see why so many others don't want to come back in: they'll be in the middle of the petri dish while those calling the shots can do so from seclusion.


Worse than that, now that we've gotten over a lot of the hurdles of Zoom/Teams/etc, those open plan offices will inevitably have 10 people yakking loudly on some web chat or another from their desk, while they're wearing a headset.  Phone calls were annoying enough.
 
2021-04-12 11:00:27 AM  
Many years of janitorial work at a wide variety of large corporate office buildings and such.

Yeah, offices are like human rat cages. We clean the bathrooms good but those toilets are getting sprayed by diarrhea EVERY SINGLE DAY. It's usually just one or two people, I don't know what's wrong with them, it gets on the walls. I've also noticed some of you have worms.

Those cubicle farms? You might as well all be human-centipeding each other.

Also, some of the disgusting things I've done, to get revenge...I'm glad I'm the only one who knows. ;)
 
2021-04-12 11:06:03 AM  

ltnor: That's part of the issue. Some of the women she works with have some aiming issues.


This is EXACTLY the problem here! A disgusting toilet seat.
 
2021-04-12 11:15:49 AM  
I'm  convinced that twenty years from now, there will be a segment of the population that will continually chastise people for not remaining in a 2020 style quarantine.  The world will never be safe enough for them to return to pre-covid life.
 
2021-04-12 11:16:42 AM  
Every time I've gone into the office, I've seen the dumbest behavior: People pulling their masks down to talk to each other when they are only 3 feet apart, people gathering in small spaces to watch someone else present their PowerPoint slides, meetings about outdoor things that would have literally made more sense to have outdoors.

I'll feel 90% better about being in the office two weeks after my second shot, but having seen how people behaved during this pandemic, I don't trust them to have basic hygiene.
 
2021-04-12 11:22:00 AM  
Put me in the "don't trust anyone" camp.

I've beenworkong remotely since mid-March 2020 and dread going back.

Why?

Well, I don't like people popping by my desk constantly and am more producitve at home.

I don't miss the morning routine of getting ready for work or the commute, even though it's short.

But most of all, I've noticed WAY too many people I work with don't wash their hands before they leave the bathroom.
 
2021-04-12 11:35:51 AM  

bumblefuss: Put me in the "don't trust anyone" camp.

I've beenworkong remotely since mid-March 2020 and dread going back.

Why?

Well, I don't like people popping by my desk constantly and am more producitve at home.

I don't miss the morning routine of getting ready for work or the commute, even though it's short.

But most of all, I've noticed WAY too many people I work with don't wash their hands before they leave the bathroom.


A few galloping the mule too.
 
2021-04-12 11:38:06 AM  

mrmaster: ltnor: That's part of the issue. Some of the women she works with have some aiming issues.

This is EXACTLY the problem here! A disgusting toilet seat.


Girls!!

Be like Mother
Not like sis
Lift the lid
Before you piss!
 
2021-04-12 11:41:12 AM  

JRoo: Many years of janitorial work at a wide variety of large corporate office buildings and such.

Yeah, offices are like human rat cages. We clean the bathrooms good but those toilets are getting sprayed by diarrhea EVERY SINGLE DAY. It's usually just one or two people, I don't know what's wrong with them, it gets on the walls. I've also noticed some of you have worms.

Those cubicle farms? You might as well all be human-centipeding each other.

Also, some of the disgusting things I've done, to get revenge...I'm glad I'm the only one who knows. ;)


Yea

Murcans are going back to the future in alot of ways.

Also they enjoy "getting back at" their employer owners by spraying the toilet seat.

They arent smart enough to know that the owners arent cleaning shiathouse walls.
 
Juc
2021-04-12 11:47:50 AM  
My workplace is going to go to a mix of in person and work from home, some folks work from home situation really really really sucks, and I do miss the actual people I work with, but that said it's a million times more comfortable to work from home so long as my kid isn't doing school from home at the same time.
hah ah ah ah ah ... it's misery.
 
2021-04-12 11:51:22 AM  
Seriously, where the fark do you people work?  Your coworkers don't wash their hands after using the restrooms, and apparently spray the walls with diarrhea.  I'm assuming they would also deep-throat the water-fountain, spit in the coffee filters, and publicly urinate all over the conference tables.
 
2021-04-12 12:01:56 PM  

v2micca: Seriously, where the fark do you people work?  Your coworkers don't wash their hands after using the restrooms, and apparently spray the walls with diarrhea.  I'm assuming they would also deep-throat the water-fountain, spit in the coffee filters, and publicly urinate all over the conference tables.


I've never been in a public restroom that didn't have at least one stall where someone's anus must have resembled a illegally short sawed-off shotgun.

This has never personally happened to me, but it's apparently a Thing. Maybe it's colitis or IBS or something, but it's definitely around.
 
2021-04-12 12:04:38 PM  
since the stay at home orders were issued only 7 of us had remain in office. Rest of company- roughly 140 got to WFH. This past year has?been glorious.
l got 6 years until retirement. I'm hoping this lockdown lasts that long. Never want to see those people again!!!
 
2021-04-12 12:28:10 PM  

NikolaiFarkoff: v2micca: Seriously, where the fark do you people work?  Your coworkers don't wash their hands after using the restrooms, and apparently spray the walls with diarrhea.  I'm assuming they would also deep-throat the water-fountain, spit in the coffee filters, and publicly urinate all over the conference tables.

I've never been in a public restroom that didn't have at least one stall where someone's anus must have resembled a illegally short sawed-off shotgun.

This has never personally happened to me, but it's apparently a Thing. Maybe it's colitis or IBS or something, but it's definitely around.


I once again question the restroom habits of the places you live.  I've had some pretty epic instances of diarrhea in my often misspent life ( Think Taco Bell party packs following a drunken bender fueled by Miller Light and Jack Daniels, don't judge)  But never in my life, even during my lowest points, have I ever managed to spray past the edges of the bowl, much less coat the wall.
 
2021-04-12 1:48:58 PM  
Work just let 60% staff back and I feel nervous about it, we have separated them and nobody is next to each other but still too many new people not reading the signs we put up. But we are still on our one week on, one week off rotation just in case we have an outbreak like in one of the other buildings.
 
2021-04-12 2:28:51 PM  
My current dead-end job is going full remote, which was a massive relief when I first heard it. On the other hand, I've just been offered a far better opportunity, but there's no remote work allowed. It really is superior in every other way, but I'm still wavering on whether to take it because of that.
 
2021-04-12 3:16:21 PM  

Scythed: My current dead-end job is going full remote, which was a massive relief when I first heard it. On the other hand, I've just been offered a far better opportunity, but there's no remote work allowed. It really is superior in every other way, but I'm still wavering on whether to take it because of that.


Get vaccinated, wear a mask, hopefully they do too.
 
2021-04-12 3:22:03 PM  
I've been working from our office since LAST MAY. Most people on this floor have not returned, it's basically a case-by-case basis plus there were furloughs, many of which turned into straightup layoffs, I guess, plus some people just quit because the clusterfark made everything more difficult.

I am fortunate not to have to work too closely to anyone and not to have to deal with the public. All those people who do have my sympathy. I don't wear a mask in the office (it's just not necessary most of the time), but I do avoid people as much as possible, so that's been a nice fringe benefit, the ability to NOT have lots of people around all the time. Pre-pandemic, the office was fine, it's an "open" office, so that always blows, but coworkers were generally OK to be around, except for a couple of annoying people, one of whom is a nosy, yappy biatch and she's one of the 2 other people on this floor now. Lucky me. I try to avoid any sort of conversation with her that isn't absolutely necessary and she REALLY hates that. She LOVED having people around all the time, so this shiat must be really bugging her. (shrug)  People who need people that much are ... sad.

No idea when people who used to be here are coming back. Or IF they're coming back. I know many who still work from home. I don't need to know why and I don't really care. I could probably work from home if I wanted but it was kinda boring. As it is now, I have about 25% of a large office space to myself, which doesn't suck.
 
2021-04-12 4:47:13 PM  
Awww, poor babies. Healthcare workers, retail workers, first responders, garbage collectors, truck/delivery drivers, agricultural workers, warehouse workers, and millions of other people in thousands of other occupations who have been working as usual this whole time (but probably with a bunch of annoying and tiresome extra requirements) will string up their violins and play you a sad tune.
 
2021-04-12 4:48:23 PM  
They've proposed 3 days in and two flexible per week. It's an hour and a half commute one way for me, so I'm not thrilled, and I have said so. I am happy to come in if necessary to do my job, but "collaboration" doesn't seem to be a valid reason. Especially since they have taken the opportunity to go to hot desking. And, of course, it's an open plan, bare concrete floor office. So, hard to make it any more distracting. Contrast that with my quiet, well lighted basement office, and my introverted self feels like stansing my ground on this one.

As I am planning on retiring at the end of this year, I think I can get away with it.
 
2021-04-12 5:55:46 PM  

RadicalEd: ltnor: The thought of sharing a bathroom with her co-workers again has my wife horrified. Plus the fact that she has a bunch of anti-maskers that refuse to maintain any sort of distance has her anxious. At least they aren't making anyone go back until after July 4th.

We don't have a return date yet (Oregon, still super slow on vaccinations), but I can relate. Even pre-pandemic, I rarely heard any of the women in the office wash their hands on their way out of the bathroom, and heard the men were just as bad if not worse (like, it was a joke around the office...). We have locked doors into most places too, so I was already a hand sanitizer user.

Add in that these people just LOVE potlucks - they tried to schedule one last November (2 weeks after Halloween), and then rescheduled it for December (2 weeks after Thanksgiving) before finally giving up. They're already trying to plan the next one whenever we're forced back into the office. I was already leery of my coworkers, but now I'm full on repulsed by being anywhere near them.


My office is the same.  I just don't understand the fascination with potlucks.
 
2021-04-12 6:09:49 PM  

HempHead: RadicalEd: ltnor: The thought of sharing a bathroom with her co-workers again has my wife horrified. Plus the fact that she has a bunch of anti-maskers that refuse to maintain any sort of distance has her anxious. At least they aren't making anyone go back until after July 4th.

We don't have a return date yet (Oregon, still super slow on vaccinations), but I can relate. Even pre-pandemic, I rarely heard any of the women in the office wash their hands on their way out of the bathroom, and heard the men were just as bad if not worse (like, it was a joke around the office...). We have locked doors into most places too, so I was already a hand sanitizer user.

Add in that these people just LOVE potlucks - they tried to schedule one last November (2 weeks after Halloween), and then rescheduled it for December (2 weeks after Thanksgiving) before finally giving up. They're already trying to plan the next one whenever we're forced back into the office. I was already leery of my coworkers, but now I'm full on repulsed by being anywhere near them.

My office is the same.  I just don't understand the fascination with potlucks.


Most of my coworkers are shiatty cooks. I think they schedule potlucks so I'll cook them something good. But their behavior over the past year has guaranteed that I will never again do anything nice for them that isn't a required part of my job.
 
2021-04-12 8:39:37 PM  

aimtastic: HempHead: RadicalEd: ltnor: The thought of sharing a bathroom with her co-workers again has my wife horrified. Plus the fact that she has a bunch of anti-maskers that refuse to maintain any sort of distance has her anxious. At least they aren't making anyone go back until after July 4th.

We don't have a return date yet (Oregon, still super slow on vaccinations), but I can relate. Even pre-pandemic, I rarely heard any of the women in the office wash their hands on their way out of the bathroom, and heard the men were just as bad if not worse (like, it was a joke around the office...). We have locked doors into most places too, so I was already a hand sanitizer user.

Add in that these people just LOVE potlucks - they tried to schedule one last November (2 weeks after Halloween), and then rescheduled it for December (2 weeks after Thanksgiving) before finally giving up. They're already trying to plan the next one whenever we're forced back into the office. I was already leery of my coworkers, but now I'm full on repulsed by being anywhere near them.

My office is the same.  I just don't understand the fascination with potlucks.

Most of my coworkers are shiatty cooks. I think they schedule potlucks so I'll cook them something good. But their behavior over the past year has guaranteed that I will never again do anything nice for them that isn't a required part of my job.


Mine are 'look I made Mac & cheese isn't it delicious!!' Or 'aren't my biscuits really tasty, I used real lard'.
 
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