"when was the last time Voyager 2 actually showed up in the office?"
IBM's FOSS unit, Red Hat, has publicly said its staff don't need to come back to the office – ever. And if they do decide to return, they'll find collaborative "neighborhoods" await them. This stance was outlined in a memo this week from senior veep and chief people officer Jennifer Dudeck, who said more than 30 percent of …
About 50% of those people "working from home" are only pretending to work, but still getting a full paycheck while those of us who actually go to work have to carry the load for the slackers. It really comes down to a management problem as no one is held accountable or metrics tracked for the work they do and people will and do take advantage of that.
I know what you mean. I enjoy the flexibility of WFH, especially the ability to start/stop/break when I like (within reason) ... but when I do take a long lunch, I'm always careful to give the time back. In fact, I enjoy giving it back at the weekend when nobody bothers me. I'm actually more productive that way. But -yeah- there are those who take the p*ss. And it's REALLY REALLY hard to come-up with sensible metrics that can prove this. Everybody on the team knows who the slackers are, but ... just try proving it in a way that doesn't involve you shooting yourself through the foot. Or indeed the head. To conclude: I F*CKING HATE lazy people.
Nothing to do with WFH.
There have always been people who don't bother doing their jobs and rely on their colleagues and/or underlings to do the work.
In some ways WFH actually gives the slackers less chance to hide, as they can't rely on pointless presenteeism or buttering up the boss quite as much.
From the article...
> "Not being limited by location when hiring provides a much broader opportunity to attract and retain great associates"
Admittedly "great associates" is a novel way of spelling "cheap workers", but that's definitely more cost savings that the bean counters are factoring in.
I wonder how this is going to play out long term. I learnt a lot in the various offices I worked in and I'm working with grads who did two years of uni at home and are pretty f-ing useless.
It's my job to bring them up to speed with 30 mins of teams meetings a week.
Posting anon not to offend. They are friendly folk. But if they _never_ spend a frenzied push in the office surviving on Coca-Cola and pizza you kinda wonder if they might spend their entire careers mediocre.
I spend many a happy 16 hour day at the faculty and many more in offices around the world. Working directly with great people.
I asked if we could have a get together for a week but they all live two hours from any major city.
In short: wfh is great, but it's a shitty learning experience.
It's already been playing out long term for 30 years. Like the article says, about a third of RHers have always worked from home anyway, and we seem to have done pretty well so far.
And if your work culture depends on "frenzied push[es] in the office surviving on Coca-Cola and pizza", it is broken. You need to fix it. That way of working burns people out and makes them leave.