My Experience Visiting the Office for Collaboration
Now that companies are done laying people off to save money, time to waste money on flying people to visit the office
We’re not even fucking two months removed from the layoff madness that started towards the start of this year. Seriously, check all the dates on layoff articles. Tech workers at least get lube before being fucked.
This isn’t another layoff rant today. It’s about my time flying back to the office, not even three months removed from a massive layoff. It must be super important that I sit in a different room with a computer in front of me to be productive.
At least I had a good slice of pizza.
The Good, Bad, and The Single Ply Toilet Paper
I exaggerate a lot in this blog of mine. It doesn’t always accurately reflect my exact reaction to a thing but a general sentiment.
With that being said, I did enjoy some aspects of being put back into an office environment outside of ruining my butt with single-ply toilet paper and sparkling water.
I liked having more ad-hoc discussions rather than scheduled ones. I don’t need constant 1:1’s or status meetings. While this is possible in the remote world, many companies have relied heavily on status meetings to hash out everything. The office makes that a little bit easier with visual accessibility to people. It’s kind of a weird phenomenon that I have a mental block around. Oh well…
Now, my list of grievances.
My biggest problem is every corporate employee is beholden to one single person’s will. They oversee an entire organization and want whatever they feel will generate more profits. Fly back to the office on a week's notice? Great, who can stop you?
But remind me why unions are bad for everyone again. Sure, people have families or plans made. However, have you ever thought about the company?
Besides my rant, I got jack shit done in the office. Everybody coming up and talking to me made it extremely difficult to be productive in writing software. Working on the one feature I wanted heads-down time on was a nuisance.