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- The CEO told his employees to “go work somewhere else” if they wanted to work from home
- Many employees were hired remotely and were asked to move to a city with a company office
- The employees took the suggestion seriously and there was a flurry of resignations within a month
The pandemic has taught us that is possible to not be physically present at the office if you just have to sit in front of the computer all day. While many companies have embraced the work from home model, others are eager to switch back to working from office as soon as possible.
When a CEO told his employees to “go work somewhere else” if they wanted to work from home, they simply quit.
An employee at the unnamed food delivery app took to Reddit to explain that the staff was not comfortable returning to the office amid the pandemic.
“For a short while last year, I worked as a team lead for one of the app development teams for one of the food delivery apps. The entire team had been working from home since the start of the pandemic and had a bunch of remote -only people join, so they were spread across several time zones, but we made it work because we thought this was how things were going to be going forward,” the employee wrote.
But the senior team then decided “we would all be heading back to the office part time, gradually increasing to full time.”
“We had been told when we were hired that any return to work policy would be super flexible and it turned out it really wasn’t,” the employee said.
Those employees, who were working from cities where there was no company office and were hired as remote workers, were asked “to come up with a 1-year plan about how they were going to move without any assistance or compensation to a city with an office.”
People who were working remotely were not happy about this as they didn’t want to relocate their whole families. During a Q&A session, one of them asked the CEO whether the company would be flexible for people in their situation.
The CEO apparently said, “Look. This is what we’re doing and what we think is best for the company. If you want to work from home, my suggestion is to go work somewhere else.”
And the employees took the CEO’s suggestion seriously.
“What happened next was the digital equivalent of the air being let out of a balloon. The company Slack channel conversations ground to a halt and became virtual ghost towns, going from spirited conversations to the bare minimum of functional courtesies. wide meetings fell by half and within a month, there was a veritable flurry of resignations, including mine,” the employee added.
They said that their team initially had eight people and only two decided to stay and comply with the new policy. And six months later, the company are still trying to find people.
“I got a 50% pay bump for less responsibilities and work just a few hours a day instead of tons of unpaid overtime trying to put out fires,” the employee concluded.