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Friday, July 30, 2021

Cuomo Begs for Return to the Cube-Farms

#BackToTheCube movement has nothing to do with culture, productivity, or promotions - those excuses are red herrings. 

Supporting what I've been saying for weeks, the Governor himself proves my point, 

"Remember, we have to get people back and we have to get people back in volume. If you were to see a 15% decline of people coming back to New York City, that would have a devastating impact on the commercial market,” Cuomo said. “We need people coming back,” he reiterated later on. “Say to your workforce, ‘By Labor Day, everyone is back in the office.’” “We need that volume to support the restaurants and the shops, the services,” Cuomo continued. “It’s not just about your business. It’s about all the spinoff effect *affect* (my correction) economic activity that your workers bring to the surrounding community.” 

"Workers" = field hands 
"Volume" = taxes 

It's even worse. 

Not only do city officials worry, but middle and upper management are either oblivious to or terrified by the possibility of pure #WFH strategies. Consider this: when folks were sent home and told to work from home, we did this with little or no direction from HQ. 

Granted, this had never been done before so there were no chapters on "Work from home" in the corporate handbook, so we had to make it up on our own as individual 'workers'.   Productivity skyrocketed. The businesses that remained open, thrived. Office work, from H/R, Marketing, and accounting continued. All this WITHOUT BEING MANAGED. 

I'll say it again this way: Productivity went up without a manager sitting 12 feet away, without physical Monday morning meetings, in-person Friday afternoon get-togethers, and without Managers. No walk-around management and I bet most middle and upper management types did more home improvements during the Covid lockdowns than any other segment because they had nothing to do.
The Big Fear - 

Take a look at the above graphic showing the basic hierarchical structure of an organization. You're probably in the blue area. Now think about what the management level does all day in the office. Managers manage employees. 

Who do you manage if nobody is in the office? If a manager can lead a team of 20 onsite, can he or she manage 100 #WFH employees remotely? 

They fear more than losing their job. Middle and upper management are staring at losing their purpose. 

I've said before, saying it again, the cube farms or the 21st century are akin to the plantation fields of the 17th century. Middle and Upper management are like the plantation bosses and owners.

 Radical change removed that business model, will #WFH remove this one?

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