Someone sent us this r/accounting thread on returning to the office the other day and wanted to make sure we call out one comment in particular. You’ll see why in a second. The question of what would motivate you to go back to the office has been asked before, in a multitude of ways, and each time the answer(s) are along a predictable spectrum ranging from “nothing, I’m not going back” to “let’s see the partners return to office first.” This thread is no different, it just contains a little bonus Kool-aid chugging.
694 comments. Do you think partners who scan Reddit to see how the serfs are feeling will read all of them? I’ll save them some time: your people do not want to go back. The ones who do — exhausted parents who need a break, for one — are already doing so. The ones who are not are not some client needing to be won over, they have made their decision.
Well if partners speed read past most of the comments they’ll be interested in this one for sure. Here we have OP, a manager with an extremely high Blood Kool-aid Concentration of 0.30%, which can be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.
You know what makes people quit their jobs? Their jobs. Being shoved back into carpet-lined cubicles and forced to interact with people you never really liked anyway when you could be doing the same thing in your comfiest sweats from the comfort of home is not going to get people to stay. As evidenced by those 694 comments and nearly three years of people saying “I will quit if I ever have to go back to the office,” the opposite will happen.
So what do you think? Does remote work make you think this is just work for a paycheck (which it literally is so what’s the issue)? Would being in the office more foster that sense of community and belonging that you crave so much in your life and can’t get from people you get a say in choosing such as friends and your spouse? Do you miss being crammed in a closet at the client site with your colleagues, inhaling the human fumes?
Has OP tried pizza for the team? I heard that works.