The sudden shift to working from home was an unexpected change for millions at the start of the pandemic. But, after years of working remotely, the pressure to get workers back to their offices has been rife with shutdowns and restarts, marked by the threat of new virus variants and employee outcry. Now, as more companies blast the proverbial back-to-office conch, many are taking a harder line on time in the office, upending the routines people have built up over the past couple of years.
Some find that everything from babysitting to dog walking needs to be overhauled when they get back to the office. Workers returned to offices and meeting rooms and found that commuting can still be as harrowing as ever. And others just don’t feel safe in the work environment and want to choose for themselves.