Why Workers Don’t Want to Go Back to the Office

Rose Bak
4 min readMay 17, 2022

Connection and collaboration are awesome, but there are other benefits to staying at home.

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I have to admit, before the pandemic I was a hardened cynic about teleworking. I assumed, like many managers, that the best way to manage people was to have them right where I could see them.

When everyone went home, I continued to come into the office anywhere from four to five days a week. Then I accepted that we weren’t going to “flatten the curve” in thirty days and fixed up a home office. I dropped to two office days a week, then finally to one.

The truth is, once I got into teleworking, I really got into it. At first, I struggled with all the video calls. It really ratcheted up my anxiety and what I suspect is a case of adult ADD. But gradually, I came to accept it. Even appreciate it.

Staring at the computer for hours of meetings still bugs me, but I’ve learned how to make it work. I have the type of job where I typically am in anywhere from eight to twelve meetings a day. I won’t lie, it’s still exhausting and sometimes anxiety-provoking but I’m now at the point where the benefits of teleworking greatly outnumber the benefits of being in the office.

And that’s why so many people have grown to love working from home.

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In discussing people’s desire to at least maintain a hybrid work environment, there are many reasons people don’t want to go back to the office.

Teleworking gives us all more time.

Although working from home makes it easier to blur the lines between your workday and your personal life, it also creates more time. Time you can spend doing something more fun. Without spending time on a commute — which for some people can be an hour or more each way — you suddenly have more time in the day. Time you can spend doing things like playing with your kids, baking bread, gardening, engaging in a hobby, walking your dog, and watching Bridgerton.

Teleworking saves us money.

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Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance non-fiction writer as well as the author of more than 50 books. Find Rose's books at bit.ly/AuthorRoseBak .