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Anyone else bothered by all these “100% WFH” post pandemic advocates?

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Gonna have to agree with OP. 100% WFH blows for the younger, single crowd.

- 7 AM-11PM “always on” time (with travel we at least had moments to disconnect and breathe while commuting).
- About $12-20K/yr in comp lost via points, expensed food, flex travel, etc.
- Contrary to most people here, I ate much healthier on the road since I didn’t have to worry about money ($100/meal) and could choose healthier options; nowadays don’t even have time to cook a good meal and skimp out on quality due to personal cost
- Can no longer visit friends for free or go int’l for a weekend via flex travel
- Probably won’t be able to renew my Diamond, Ambassador, and Globalist statuses
- Client relationship building taking a huge hit
- Spending more time coaching analysts when it would be MUCH easier in person (seeing noticeable drop in new analyst quality lately)
- Many friends leaving bc workload has become much worse than before due to some of the above

These are just a few reasons off top of my head. Actively looking to leave to industry bc don’t think we’ll come back to normal anytime soon.

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Oh wow those statuses those statuses !!!

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My position is one where I am more productive at home away from constant interruptions in the open office by people who want to chat. When I do need to collaborate with team mates we do that over Teams whether in the office or at home as we share documents and detailed information. Even in the office we don't go look at the computer screen of the person next to us. My team actually communicates better as we have a larger team chat with managers and team members, a smaller team chat with direct manager and a chat with just our small team and everything is there for us to refer back to later (like shared files and answers to questions). I can see how some work could suffer but I think it's specific to the role and tasks.

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We’re bothered by people who would rather commute for an hour each way just to do the same type of work. For “culture”

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Our office is starting to open up and they are a few advocating to come in. But the masses are not following and personally, unless it is required, I’m all about this WFH life.

In the beginning, it was tough and yes my days were long. A year later, I’ve like others, figured out the balance and have realized there are more important things in our lives than small talk and banter with coworkers. Love not commuting to work.

I’ll come in a few times per month for social events but I can let go of the daily water cooler experience.

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I can't wait to get back on a plane and travel every week. However, in no way would I want to force others who don't. If this last year has taught us anything, its that we can be much more flexible and can accommodate a wide array of working models. I hope that I and others who want to travel get to, and those that want to work from home or some mix are able to.

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Um I make friends at work. And it’s awesome to be able to meet people in various walks of life from across the world and country at work. If I’m going out at home to make friends it’s not as diverse a group of people.

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I’m bothered by people like you. Travel and commuting blows objectively

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Team Dinners may be the worst thing ever.

“Hey we just worked from 7-7, let’s go talk about work for 2 more hours.”

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I’m bothered by both 100% WFH and 100% office. I’m an advocate for flexibility and prefer the hybrid approach. If wfh works for you and the team then cool if not, adjusted as needed

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@SA2 - 100% with you. I think we may see the aggressive return of the old "Suburban Office Park" as this develops.

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Best part of why 100% optional WFH: if I need to come in for a meeting, I can go back home after, or stay in the office until I want to go. Rush Hour Traffic? No thanks. Crowded metro? Pass. Waking up at 6:30 to get ready and out the door by 7 to commute for an hour and arrive by 8 to work far 30 minutes then prep for a meeting at 9? Gross.

Waking up at 8:30 to be online by 9, logging off at 5, getting a full hour workout in by 6 and dinner by 7? 8pm onwards to do a couple more hours of work, BD, or chilling?
That's the dream.

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Pre-covid my BU leader already would only be in the office 10-3 to avoid rush hour. I’m just going to take after his leadership and not come in at all

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I hope we NEVER go back. I work for douchebags who only allowed wfh for extenuating circumstances

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S5 message me im curious to see if you guess right 😂

Our firms always talk about the “future of work” or the “workplace of the future”

The data says costs are down, productivity is up and this is evidently what the future looks like and yet our firms say “whoa, whoa, whoa. I know I trusted you to get your crap done during ‘Rona but now I need to keep an eye on you because the future is not what I expected”

C’mon. Pivot. Adjust. Adapt!!

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Sounds like something Deloitte would do. I hope I'm wrong though.

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I'm never going back to the office!

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If we go back to work, I'm buying this.

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We need to return to the office because OP’s mad men cosplay is useless without a captive audience

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This. I cannot stand the people who think their life is a Showtime or HBO series

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I’ve throughly enjoyed not having to go to an office or travel. I’m down to go in for some key meetings, but to say I need to be there X days per week is pointless

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No one is forcing you. Go ahead and adopt the ways of life that works for you. Many will chose to move forward with better ways to manage WLB that doesn’t hold employees hostage to the whims and fancies of the old school mentality

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My quality of life has skyrocketed since we went remote and I’m definitely looking for another job if we go back to anything resembling weekly travel.

I agree with the “let people decide for themselves” in spirit, but the snag is that once your team lead says they’re gonna travel it’ll be a domino effect and everybody’s gonna start booking flights

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You and I need to be on a team D14

Also why would you be bothered by these people. Have fun going into the office

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QOL is higher with free time not spent sitting in a car commuting or in airports.

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OP thought everyone was gonna agree with them 😂😂😂

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If they end travel, wouldn’t a good amount of people leave consulting since it seems some mainly do it for that?

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I don’t think you would gain that many people at the entry levels, probably 90% plus of undergrads see it as a perk and 70% of mbas with the remainder preferring no travel...you maybe can switch a few people who wouldn’t have considered consulting due to travel, but that will be outweighed by the people for whom the value proposition isn’t there anymore and will do something else (finance/tech/etc.).

It depends a lot on age, life style, marital status etc.
A married person with kids would love to be at home and a young intern is more likely to enjoy office culture.

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Agreed - I think the younger you are the more you benefit from the structure, exposure to colleagues and “culture.” I’m single and approaching 40 but really don’t find much value in office life... been there, done it, both as a consultant and in industry. I am happy to go in to meet with the team but it’s an obligatory function to enhance collaboration where needed. I am on calls much of the day and don’t need to be in a formal office to do that. In fact I find my work life balance has improved with the flexibility and I’m more able to focus and set boundaries.

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I’d prefer to be 100% WFH. I can concentrate better at home without distractions. No one is stopping the rest of y’all who want to go in. By all means.. just won’t find me there lol.

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I actually work fewer hours from home, I’m way more efficient and productive without being crammed into an open space with no barriers with 50 of my closest friends

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Nah, just you. Others are enjoying WFH.

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