January 18th, 2023: WFH & the 8th Commandment
Updated: Jan 20
I was fascinated by the recent "time-theft" ruling: Working from home? Experts say trust is key after ‘time theft’ ruling. Over the past few years, I have been tracking the work from home culture that has overtaken the US workforce and have been convinced it was only a matter of time before employers started to demand productivity or lay-off headcount to recession-proof.
Some people I know are straight up moonlighters that take advantage of every ounce of trust given to them. Others are often well-intentionally dressed in balance, rest, parenting, and mental health; the reality is their job often doesn't get done. There is absolutely no way America can compete with BRICS+ with this approach to work. We will lose to people like this who are producers:
I love to work in person, and I believe in Proverbs 10:4, "Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.". As a matter of fact, I naturally wake up at 4am ready to get after it...likely the Viking agricultural and trading DNA running in my veins and I agree with Bob Iger (Disney), Jane Fraser (Citi), Larry Fink (BlackRock), James Gorman (Morgan Stanley), etc. who all have concluded that working from home "has not worked."
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Looks like days of watching a Netflix movie on your couch while doing laundry and answering emails on your smartphone are coming to an end, as they should. If you don't own the business and/or aren't on the hook for the fiduciary responsibility of the company, you are literally stealing from the people who are if you aren't pulling your weight. And shout-out to the people who over perform! Also, people like computer programmers, writers, etc. should be exempt from this as they produce best in isolation, commuting is a waste of time, and you want that guy with blasting Thievery Corporation at 3am to maximize output.
Work From Home Under Fire As Disney CEO Sets Office Mandate (investopedia.com)
Citi's Jane Fraser is bringing underperforming staff back into the office | CNN Business
Home Depot's cofounder — who retired in 2002 — says he doesn't want the 'woke generation' leading business because of their 'laziness' (yahoo.com)