The majority of workers have enjoyed working from home mainly because it's given them more control of their day.
At the start of the pandemic when lockdowns were implemented, employees were asked overnight to start working from home and it has changed the dynamic of the work environment ever since. Many industries have work that can be done from home, and management and workers have adapted to the change. A majority of employees have enjoyed working from home, not least because it's given them more control of their day, including scheduling work around their home life. As a result, people have been able to spend more time with their families and their kids. Before the pandemic, people were spending a chunk of their time commuting to and from work and this inconvenience was completely eliminated after people started working from home.
Now, with Coronavirus cases drastically reducing some are calling for people to return to work. Some offices have mandated if, while some are being egged on by the government to re-open offices despite work from home working out perfectly for many. “It’s time for America to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again with people,” said President Biden recently. “People working from home can feel safe and begin to return to their offices.” Not everyone was pleased with Biden's comments.
WFH has allowed people to have more of their lives back. Like, if I start at 8, I don’t need to wake up at 6am. I don’t need to worry about packing lunch because I can make something fresh everyday. At 5pm, I’m finished work with no traffic on the way home +— Sharlene ⚯⚡ (@sfergs_) March 21, 2022
+ so at 5:01 I actually have real freedom. As long as the work is getting done, what’s the issue? Lmao like WFH has been a blessing for SO many people— Sharlene ⚯⚡ (@sfergs_) March 21, 2022
More and more employees want to continue working from home. One person detailed how work from home has helped us regain control of our lives yet again. They explained how the work from home option had given employees a sense of freedom they deserved but never had. "WFH has allowed people to have more of their lives back. Like, if I start at 8, I don’t need to wake up at 6 am," they broke it down in a viral tweet. "I don’t need to worry about packing lunch because I can make something fresh every day. At 5 pm, I’m finished work with no traffic on the way home. So at 5:01, I actually have real freedom. As long as the work is getting done, what’s the issue? Lmao like WFH has been a blessing for SO many people."
Here are some of the tweets in the thread that vouched for work from home and blamed the real-estate for pushing the workers to return to their buildings:
WFH has changed my life!! No commute, i stopped having breakfast and lunch, i have brunch instead. Can use my own bathroom anytime! Dealing with my period is so much easier now. No more anxiety about what to wear. Can clean, receive deliveries, cook, etc... I'm never going back.— VANI 🇭🇹 (@whoavani) March 22, 2022
ugh i’m on my period now and being able to work in bed with a heating pad on me instead of uncomfortably cramping around a million people i vaguely dislike is LIFE CHANGING— moon girl jesse (@tinderdistrict) March 22, 2022
Workers should be paid for commute time and reimbursed for transit costs like gas or bus but it’ll never happen at least not at a meaningful scale— Where’s the materialism sis? 💅🏻☭ 🥭 (@deliciousdumper) March 22, 2022
It lets me use my own bathroom. That is priceless.— RoscoepColetrane (@rptrane) March 22, 2022
It's more than life changing. It's life embracing! More sleep, healthier food, time to take a walk, saves money (gas, car maintenance, tolls, parking, food, clothing), less stress (traffic, rushing, getting home on time for kids. More living!— merever (@merever3) March 22, 2022
Agreed. This is the "claim" from senior leadership to get folks back 3 days a week, with NO vax requirement. I save at least 2 hours a day in commute time, less stress, more efficient. I don't even like most of those people anyway. WFH rules.— 🇺🇦 🌻 MimiVaz 💙💛 🇵🇷🇺🇸 💉💉💉 (@oceanside999) March 22, 2022
SPEAK ON IT! Working from home has really allowed me to put myself first! I love it here! pic.twitter.com/OdpH90z4PW— ADD YOUR NAME (@alexactivated) March 22, 2022
I start in 42 minutes 8am my workday, in like 15 minutes I have a quick shower, make myself another cup of my own delicious coffee, switch the machines on and off I go. Totally chilled - At 4pm I switch everything off, and take my doggies out for a loong run - I love it!— HotelMikeNB (@HotelMikeNB) March 23, 2022
It’s been such a huge boon for my ADHD brain. No more forgetting things at home, no more miscalculating how long it’s going to take to get to the office, no more 30m delay because I can’t find my keys/badge/charger.— Ted DiNola | virtually @ GDC 💻 (@esdin) March 23, 2022
Offloading all of that has made it easier to start my workday
I’ve lost 45lbs since I WFH. I’m able to exercise in place of the time it would take me to commute to downtown Chicago & I’m able to 3 healthy meals without breaking the bank.— ☆ 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚍 𝙺𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚜 𝙷𝚎𝚛 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚢 (@x_xiaaaaaa) March 22, 2022
100% all the mid managers whose only job was to be in other people's business are now figuring out they aren't worth keeping if people work well from home.— Thee GAY Tree 💛💙🇺🇦 (@TreeWill303) March 22, 2022
Happy employees will always perform better.
I never realized how deeply my anxiety, depression, and energy levels were worsened by being in an office every day. I'm a completely different person when I work from home--in the best way. I can never go back.— Elizzzabeth (@thebronzey) March 22, 2022
Same. I was beginning to have panic attacks at work in 2019 from the stress of it & the in-your-face management. My counselor suggested WFH, which wasn't an option. Then Covid changed it to basically permanent WFH & my mental health has never been better. The only silver lining.— Author T. M. Lowe (@TiffanyMLowe) March 23, 2022
Same. I save £200 on fuel and parking alone. I work my contracted hours. No need for the extra 2 hour a day commute. No more pointless miles on car. I’m comfortable and if im sick, I can still work ! I sleep better. My personal relationships are better. WFH is the future!— ϟ Sophia ⚯͛ △⃒⃘ (@S0_Loo) March 22, 2022
I seriously blame banks and other large financial institutions. Commercial real estate in Toronto usually means a 10 year lease, so a lot of companies are stuck with offices they can't get out of. Those buildings are mortgaged...and it's harder to write off an empty office— ThisIsRochelle (@RR416) March 22, 2022
I worked in a pretty run-down building. There was only one elevator, and the staircases both fell apart at different times while I was working there before the company was willing to repair them. Not to mention all of the parts of the building that were constantly being repaired.— Peren Liadon (Rey)🇺🇦✊🤝✌️☮️ (@perenthebamf) March 22, 2022
Hard agree. Works out great for everyone. Can't tell you how much MORE time and freedom disabled people have gotten back as a result of WFH as well!— Katastrophe (@ImKatastrophe) March 22, 2022
I have an interview for a WFH role that is less than what I’m making but it’ll be worth it to save almost 2 hrs a day so I’ll have more time to spend with my daughter— Wax Melt Lady (@TieshaNae) March 22, 2022
WFH is literally a lifesaver for someone like me. My work hours are 8:30 PM until 4:30 AM. The fact I don't have to drive home dead tired in the early morning makes life safer for me and anyone else on the road. 4:31 I'm in bed.— Craig Morancie (@CraigJetMetFan) March 22, 2022
my new traffic is sometimes my dog is asleep on the floor and slightly blocking the way— 🛸Galactic Federation Ambassador🛸 (@DerekJameson18) March 22, 2022
NOT TO MENTION THE MONEY SAVED.— p (@p00320401) March 22, 2022