New mom praised for demanding boss bluff, returns to office

A new mother returning to work has been hailed as a “rascal” after she was duped by her boss who demanded the woman return to office or resign.

One of the few positive aspects of coming out of the COVID pandemic was a marked change in the attitude towards work from home. Once dismissed by skeptics as an excuse for laxity, COVID-19 has forced many employers to re-evaluate such practices.

With many businesses facing little disruption as a result, some companies have opted to create a sustainable alternative for work-at-home workers who are more comfortable and productive at home. Work from home for the employees has greatly improved their condition.

A 2022 Pew Research Center survey of people who are now working from home at least some of the time, rarely or never before the pandemic, found that 64 percent had balanced their work and personal lives. found it easy to do.

Additionally, 44 percent of respondents said that working from home made it easier for them to work and meet deadlines, while just 10 percent said they found it difficult.

But despite many employers keeping an open mind where work from home is concerned, still some companies are hesitant to adopt such practices in the post-pandemic world.

A notable example of the kind of struggle she faced recently surfaced on Reddit, where a new mom detailed her experiences dealing with an employer who didn’t want her to continue working from home. Keep it

In a post that has been upvoted more than 22,000 times under the handle Dinfinity18, she detailed how, in her current job that started in January 2020, she is working from home and “quickly became the top performer on the team.” “I have the biggest account in the company,” she wrote.

The poster states that she was previously told that she would have to start coming back to the office in early v4 2021, despite the fact that, as she says “we didn’t need to be there and we all worked from home.” Did a better job.”

Despite his protests, the company line was that he was “not hired to work from home.” A few months later, however, the woman learned that she was pregnant with a development that delayed her return to office.

After giving birth, she returned to work from home with many new employees grappling with workloads as “team falling apart” by her boss.

Everything was going well until a few days after returning to work, when she received an email asking her to decide that she would return to the office two days a week.

She replied, “I’m not comfortable, willing, or physically able to come into the office.” A day later, however, her boss’s boss called her and said without congratulating her: “It’s company policy to be in the office 2 days a week. If you don’t come, we’ll consider it your resignation.”

The new mom said she initially “froze” on the warnings but after talking to her husband they agreed she would not back down and leave. She emailed her boss to confirm that she would not resign and would instead “continue to work at home unless they said otherwise.”

Though it was a bold call, the decision was praised on social media.

Watchensis commented: “You’re a badass and they hate it. Let them fire you… better companies than you deserve.” GamingDevil said: “You can’t force someone to resign. You either fire them, or they keep working and you keep getting paid.”

SB_90s wrote her employer’s approach “selfish and manipulative”: “They’re banking on her recent pregnancy making her desperate to keep her job… to get employees to do what they want.” This tactic of bullying and coercion has probably worked more often than not.

Meanwhile, user Gnork said: “I’m sure they’re trying to figure out what’s more important: their business or firing employees that don’t crumble.” User cool____lad commented: “They seem unable to manage a team remotely. It’s a new world. Time to learn new skills for management.”

Buffalo Jackalope also wrote: “If the pandemic has proved anything beyond any doubt, it is that 90 percent of office jobs do not require an office.”

newsweek Dinfinity18 has been contacted for comment.

A new mother has taken a stand demanding her boss return to the office. Stock image of woman working from home.
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