‘You can’t do your lunch break workout’

An Atlanta woman who like many has been working from home since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic decried the prospect of returning to the office because it will take time away from house chores and self care, including a lunchtime workout.

A TikTok user who goes by the handle @taylorrosee11 posted a video lamenting how going back to the office will have a negative impact on her overall well-being.

“Wfh is crucial to my mental well being and therefore my productivity,” wrote the woman, who works in tech sales.

The TikTok video, which has gone viral since being posted over the weekend, features her wearing a downcast facial expression.

“When you have to go into the office which means you can’t do your lunch break workout, make your healthy lunch, do some laundry, bare face it all day and work in your sweats/cozy tube socks,” the caption reads.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the video has been viewed more than 132,000 times and generated nearly 7,000 likes.

The outcry from the TikTok user joins a chorus of workers bemoaning return-to-office edicts as many private and public sectors push to bring back their employees full time after Labor Day.

Workers have relished the comfort afforded by not having to go into the office.
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Wall Street investment behemoth Goldman Sachs is planning to lift all COVID protocols as part of an overall plan to bring workers back to their cubicles five days a week, The Post was first to report Tuesday. Morgan Stanley sent a memo to its employees with a similar message, according to Fox News.

Last week, public health officials in California reported hundreds of cases of COVID at Google offices in Los Angeles — prompting employees of the search engine to privately complain about the company’s three-days-a-week in-office mandate.

Apple employees unhappy about the return-to-office mandate launched an online petition which cited the “exceptional work” done by staffers remotely.

The petition was circulated after the iPhone maker’s higher-ups required workers to report to the office three days a week — up from two.

According to a Gallup poll, 60% of workers who have grown accustomed to doing their jobs from the comfort of their own homes said they would look for other opportunities if their bosses called them back into the office full time.

Kastle Systems, the office security firm which compiles data on the number of employees who swipe into corporate buildings, conducted a study which found that office occupancy rose 20% in the first four months of this year.

Working from home lets employees get household chores done during the workday.
Working from home lets employees get household chores done during the workday.
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The study, which was cited by The Washington Post, shows that while more employees are going back to the office, it still falls short of pre-pandemic levels.

As of April, office occupancy stood at 44% compared to the period just before the spread of the coronavirus in the United States prompted lockdown measures.


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