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  • Silicon Valley Bank Employees Think Remote Work Contributed to Collapse

    03/20/2023 4:23:34 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/20/2023 | Lucas Nolan
    In the aftermath of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the 16th biggest bank in the country, many are left wondering what went wrong. Both current and former employees have stated that the bank’s support of remote work is a contributing factor. Axios reports that current and former employees of Silicon Valley bank have mentioned the bank’s support of remote work as a contributing factor to its recent collapse. SVB stood out in the banking sector for its commitment to remote work. “If our time working remotely has taught us anything, it’s that we can trust our employees to...
  • POLITICS House to vote on plan to end telework for hundreds of thousands of federal workers

    02/02/2023 3:34:35 AM PST · by blueplum · 11 replies
    The House of Representatives is expected Wednesday to pass legislation requiring hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return to federal offices and shutter many of the telework arrangements permitted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the measure is unlikely to be passed into law, the proposal raises new debate over whether telework by public employees is squandering taxpayer money or is preventing a shortfall of the civil servants needed to operate the sweeping U.S. government. Republican Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said services at the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration and Department of...
  • End D.C.

    01/13/2023 5:00:48 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 40 replies
    Snip: Remote government by Zoom might be the best way to break this monoculture. If all the official proceedings of the legislature were conducted virtually, this would keep the officials in the states that they represent. Not only would they be more aware of the situation in their home states (since they’d no longer spend much of the year far away), they would be more accessible to their constituents. Regular physical contact with the people who elected for them would increase the accountability of officials as they serve out their terms. This would also impede the formation of close friendships...
  • Editorial: Return to the office, for Downtown Pittsburgh's sake

    12/11/2022 7:03:48 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 10, 2022 | The Editorial Board
    The beating heart of the Pittsburgh region is the Golden Triangle, and people are its lifeblood. For the sake of the social and economic health of Downtown, and of the entire city and region, employers in the urban core should encourage as many workers as possible to return to the office, at least a few days each week. It’s not just about maximizing the number of warm bodies in office chairs: More workers mean more lunches and happy hours, more shopping and catering, more cycling and transit riding, more haircuts and shoe shines. In other words, more people mean more...
  • GM delays return-to-office after employee uproar: ‘General Motors is doomed’

    09/27/2022 2:59:48 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 84 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 27, 2022 4:24pm | Thomas Barrabi
    General Motors pushed back the start of a return-to-office plan after facing fierce resistance from employees over its handling of the rollout. The Detroit-based auto giant rankled corporate employees by announcing in a memo last Friday afternoon that they would be required to work onsite at least three days per week beginning later this year. But GM executives reversed course in an update to staffers on Tuesday – saying the plan won’t be implemented until the first quarter of next year at the earliest. The company also apologized for the manner in which employees learned of the change. “We acknowledge...
  • Enough, Bosses Say: This Fall, It Really Is Time to Get Back to the Office*

    09/03/2022 3:22:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 117 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 3, 2022 | Chip Cutter and Katherine Bindley
    Labor Day marks the line in the corporate sand. Many company leaders say the end-of-summer holiday represents the best chance to finally lean on workers to return to the office this year. After months of encouraging white-collar employees to return, or attempting to coax them back with free pizza, warm cookies and catered lunches, many executives now say they feel emboldened to take a tougher stance. No longer can workers merely come to the office if they so choose; this fall, executives say, attendance is expected and the office resisters will be put on notice. Employers including Apple Inc., Prudential...
  • Goldman Sachs lifts all COVID protocols, orders staff to return to office full-time

    08/30/2022 4:58:58 PM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 30 August A.D. 2022 | Lydia Moynihan
    Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs will lift all COVID protocols that have kept some workers away as it pushes all employees to return to the office five days a week after Labor Day, The Post has learned. In a memo sent Tuesday obtained by The Post, Goldman Sachs told workers it will no longer require vaccines, COVID testing or masks — a signal it won’t accept excuses for employees who claimed COVID as a reason for working from home. “There is significantly less risk of severe illness,” the memo stated. “In line with [the CDC’s] updated protocols, if you have...
  • Federal Court Upholds Onerous Education Requirements for D.C. Day Care Workers

    08/14/2022 9:27:52 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 20 replies
    Today, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit challenging an Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) requirement that day care providers obtain a college degree before taking care of kids. Ilumi Sanchez, a D.C. day care provider who has cared for dozens of children since 1995, challenged the requirement in 2018, along with a parent and another provider. Their lawsuit, in which they are represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ), alleged that the college-degree requirement imposed huge costs on day care workers without teaching them anything useful about caring for...
  • Hybrid Work Is Doomed

    07/07/2022 7:01:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 103 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 6, 2022 | Ian Bogost
    I noticed the shoes first. That I was wearing them. Real shoes, the leather kind, with laces. After a year and a half, I was finally returning to the office, and that meant giving up the puffer slippers and slides that had sustained me for so long. Real shoes, I quickly remembered, are terrible. Likewise pants. Likewise getting to work, and being at work. Whew. That was summer 2021. I’ve since acclimated to the office once again: I don the uniform; I make the commute; I pour the coffee; I do my job; and then I go back home. There...
  • The idea of working in the office, all day, every day? No thanks, say workers

    06/07/2022 6:22:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 136 replies
    NPR ^ | June 5, 2022 | Andrea Hsu
    To Jonathan Pruiett, it just didn't make sense. A geospatial analyst who updates Google maps for a living, Pruiett had been called back to his company's offices in Bothell, Washington, five days a week, starting June 6. Like many on his team, Pruiett had only worked remotely, having started the job in the pandemic. He'd adapted well to it, finding efficiencies such as multitasking during virtual meetings, using the time to process data. And yet, now he was being told to report to office. Anyone who failed to report within three days of the return date would be processed as...
  • 'If you don't show up we will assume you have resigned': Elon Musk doubles down on his new WFH ultimatum to Tesla executives telling staff they must be in the office with their colleagues

    06/02/2022 12:51:24 PM PDT · by DFG · 112 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/02/2022 | ALEX HAMMER
    Outspoken Elon Musk has doubled down on his new work-from-home ultimatum sent to Tesla staff Tuesday, sending out a second email to say 'if you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.' 'Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,' Musk, 50, wrote in a second email sent to staff just hours after the first, which was leaked and reported by Teslarati. The message, shared by Twitter user @SamNissim, bears the subject line 'To be super clear' and was sent to an email list labeled 'Everyone' at 10:51 pm....
  • Frustrated Apple employees reject CEO Tim Cook’s hybrid plan by threatening to quit

    04/04/2022 10:30:40 PM PDT · by libh8er · 117 replies
    Fortune ^ | 4.4.2022 | Chloe Berger
    “I don’t give a single f--k about ever coming back to work here,” a self-described Apple employee posted on a message board called Blind. Once April 11 comes around and brings this new rule into effect, they added, they will be resigning from their job. This worker was not alone, the New York Post was first to report on the message board, citing anonymous messages from other employees. ‘I already know I won’t be able to deal with the commute’ Apple’s plan is to introduce a hybrid schedule, adding days in office after April 11, enforcing two in-office days weekly...
  • The modern workplace: Will remote tech workers tolerate being monitored?

    01/28/2022 11:52:44 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 44 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 28 January 2022 | Tom Foremski
    The Omicron surge has forced businesses to again delay a date for a return to the office. And that means a delay to an inevitable showdown: between workers and managers over remote or office-based work. To a degree, every business will have by now adapted to the reality of a hybrid workplace and the fact some staff will remain home-based while others will come back to the office. Any business that cannot offer a hybrid workplace will face problems in recruitment during this worker shortage. And problems in developing in-house, the skills of managing a modern workforce.HOME MONITORSFor work at...
  • Monster Thread — Tech companies are dying from the inside…

    01/15/2022 10:44:05 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 68 replies ^ | 1/13/2022 | Hazard Harrington
    I work in Big Tech. A name you would know and have probably used before. Wanted to give a rundown of what it's like from the inside right now.
  • The Labor Shortage Isn’t Just Closing Small Businesses, But Shattering Entire Retirement Plans

    09/23/2021 11:52:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 23, 2021 | Kylee Zemple
    It's time to sell the business and retire — but that's easier said than done.Gary and Judi Eubanks are one of a kind. Both in their 60s, Judi is a skilled pianist and Gary can often be found playing pick-up basketball with the young people he used to coach. They have two sons and a handful of grandkids, and they’re heavily involved in their local church, where Judi is one of the piano players and Gary is almost always either leading worship or fixing the heating or air conditioning. That’s because the duo also owns All Temperature Systems, a heating,...
  • Opinion: Working from home is great — except for productivity

    07/07/2021 11:29:33 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 70 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 2 July 2021 | Matthew Lombardi
    After 15 months of tumbleweeds blowing through near-abandoned commercial and financial centres, major North American cities are poised for a gradual downtown renaissance. The traffic that once flowed into downtowns by foot, bike, train, tram, and car and then up, up, up into the embrace of commercial office towers like arterial blood to the heart has already started to return.In parallel, a debate rages about whether white-collar workers, who have proven they can work remotely, ought to return to the office at all. Should companies expect a return to the pre-COVID default of five days per week office “presenteeism”? Will...
  • Employees are feeling burned over broken work-from-home promises and corporate culture ‘BS’ as employers try to bring them back to the office

    05/22/2021 5:29:23 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 157 replies
    The Conversation ^ | May 19, 2021 | Kimberly Merriman, David Greenway, and Tamara Montag-Smit
    As vaccinations and relaxed health guidelines make returning to the office a reality for more companies, there seems to be a disconnect between managers and their workers over remote work.A good example of this is a recent op-ed written by the CEO of a Washington, D.C., magazine that suggested workers could lose benefits like health care if they insist on continuing to work remotely as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. The staff reacted by refusing to publish for a day. While the CEO later apologized, she isn’t alone in appearing to bungle the transition back to the office after over a...
  • Taxing Workers for Staying Home: A Policy Rooted in Envy

    12/15/2020 1:03:08 PM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | Chloe Anagnos
    A new report estimated the US government could raise $48 billion a year by taxing remote work. But is making remote work more expensive a good idea? ==================================================================== ver since the beginning of the pandemic, working from home is the new normal. In 2018, just 5.4 percent of the US's working population worked remotely. By mid-2020, it had turned into reality for 56 percent of the workforce. While not all workers forced to stay home were quick to welcome the change, many learned to enjoy it over time. With state governments beginning another round of lockdowns, it isn’t shocking to...
  • Salesforce extends work-from-home option until at least August 2021

    08/28/2020 6:57:05 PM PDT · by Vendome · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronic ^ | August 19, 2020 | Roland Li
    Employees, which include over 9,000 in San Francisco, were previously allowed to work remotely until the end of 2020. Salesforce joins other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Uber, which all extended working from home until the end of June as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. The company occupies three towers in San Francisco’s Transbay district, including the city’s tallest building, Salesforce Tower. Downtown merchants worry that the prolonged absence of office workers will cripple the local economy, and many stores and restaurants in the area remain shut. Salesforce will offer an additional $250 for office supplies to each worker,...
  • Gundlach: A 'wave' of layoffs is coming for $100,000/year white-collar jobs

    06/09/2020 6:24:48 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 54 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | June 9, 2020 | Julia La Roche
    Billionaire bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach, the CEO of $135 billion DoubleLine Capital, sees the potential for a "wave of more higher-end unemployment' hitting white-collar workers making more than $100,000 per year as employers increasingly question the value these employees bring. In 11 weeks, more than 42 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance as the COVID-19 pandemic wrecked the economy. The bulk of these job losses hit lower-income households the hardest. "A lot of times it's not the earthquake, it's the fire," Gundlach said on a webcast for the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund (DBLTX), later adding that he could "easily...