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Friday, June 9, 2023

"Attendence Effects a Percentage of Your Grade.": Google Treat Employees Like Third Graders

Behind the Curtain: The Real Reasons Companies Want You Back in the Office

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Why are large corporations mandating a return to the office?  Real Estate investment(ROI) and a survival instinct. 

If  #WFH worked during the fear of Covid, why not now? Control? Rationalization? Relevancy? When there are no employees in an office, why do we need managers? And without managers, why do we need a C-Level? 

Now throw in AI. 

AI allows two people to do the work of 10 -programmers, writers, etc. - Why office space for programmers, Marketing, H/R, Chief People Office, or general administration?

AI analyzes mountains of data. LLMs present the analysis in an unbiased(maybe) and efficient manner, eliminating human-based spreadsheet and financial analysis, resource management, all the way down to human resource content. 

Why does an owner need a CFO? or COO, H/R, Accounting, Payroll, Marketing, Product Development Manager, or CMO? Track it all the way back to the stockholder. Eliminating the costs of empty office buildings, redundant managerial levels, and bloated C-Level salaries - would the stock value go up or down?

No. The back-to-the-office mandates aren't about culture, they are about the survival of the C-Suite and beyond.

Google has been staring into the Abyss for a very long time - The Abyss stares back.  To ensure employees are getting back to class, attendance will be taken, keycard scans monitored and behavior documented for yearly reviews.  Good luck with that 2% raise.

Check out our quick reaction force to an article from CNBC, "Google to crack down on office attendance, asks remote workers to reconsider".



three bullet points:

  1. Post-pandemic office returns are driven more by survival instincts of managerial and C-suite roles and maintaining real estate investments than fostering productivity or culture.
  2. AI advancements are challenging the necessity of traditional roles in business, potentially leading to leaner, more efficient business models.
  3. Companies such as Google are increasingly enforcing office attendance, despite the proven feasibility and potential benefits of remote work.

As companies across the globe steer their way through the aftermath of the pandemic, a tug-of-war between the traditional office setup and the rising trend of remote work has ensued. At the center of this discourse, we find tech behemoth Google enforcing a return to office mandates, revealing a larger, more complex narrative woven with threads of real estate investments, the survival of managerial positions, and the growing capabilities of artificial intelligence.

Google’s latest hybrid work policy update aims to ensure that most employees clock in physically at least three days a week, even tracking office badge attendance and including it in performance reviews. The tech giant has already asked approved remote workers to reconsider their work arrangement, emphasizing the "irreplaceable" nature of in-person interactions (“Google to crack down on office attendance, asks remote workers to reconsider,” June 7, 2023).

"The company updated its hybrid work policy Wednesday and it includes tracking office badge attendance, confronting workers who aren’t coming in when they’re supposed to and including the attendance in employees’ performance reviews, according to internal memos viewed by CNBC. Most employees are expected in physical offices at least three days a week."

But what are the real motivators behind these policies? While companies like Google claim that there’s no substitute for "coming together in person," a closer look reveals underlying concerns about the real estate investments tied up in sprawling office complexes and the threat to the very existence of managerial and C-suite roles.

Advancements in artificial intelligence have started to question the need for traditional business structures. AI’s ability to handle tasks usually requiring large human teams, from data analysis to human resource management, has companies reevaluating their workforce strategies. AI isn't just replacing roles; it's reshaping the workplace landscape, putting a spotlight on the necessity of certain job roles and the spaces they occupy.

In this climate of rapid technological evolution, the role of the CFO, COO, and other managerial positions come under scrutiny. If AI can efficiently analyze financial data, manage resources, and even handle HR tasks, why does a company need an army of analysts, a fully staffed HR department, or even a CFO?

The consequences of these shifts don't stop at the company's front door. They extend to shareholders as well. If businesses can reduce costs by eliminating empty office spaces, doing away with redundant managerial levels, and cutting down inflated C-suite salaries, wouldn't that positively affect the company’s bottom line and potentially boost stock value?

What is touted as a measure to bring back "magical hallway conversations" and in-person synergies may, in fact, be a fight for survival. Managers need teams to manage; the C-suite needs tiers of staff to oversee. Empty cubicles and vacant conference rooms question the need for their roles. By pushing the workforce back to office spaces, are these companies trying to maintain the status quo, protecting investments and jobs at the expense of potentially more efficient, more flexible work arrangements?

The narrative of returning to the office is more nuanced than just resuscitating pre-pandemic work norms. It's a crossroads moment where tradition intersects with innovation, raising probing questions about the structure of work, the real value of physical workspaces, and the impact of AI on future work models.

Source: CNBC, "Google to crack down on office attendance, asks remote workers to reconsider"

Date: June 7, 2023


Tweet: "Back-to-office mandates are about survival, not culture. As AI redefines productivity, the future questions the necessity of bloated C-suites and empty office spaces. #FutureOfWork #AI #OfficePolitics"

LinkedIn introduction: "Are the back-to-office mandates really about improving culture or is it about protecting real estate investments and the jobs of managers and C-suite executives? As AI capabilities surge, we need to reconsider the structure of our workplaces."

Keyword list: "Work from home, AI in the workplace, Return to office, C-Suite, Management, Real estate investment, ROI, Survival instinct, Office culture, Google, Hybrid work, Remote work"

Image prompt: "A split image: on one side, a large empty office space with numerous vacant desks and chairs. On the other side, a small team collaborating in a modern, compact office space with computer screens displaying AI interfaces."

Search question: "Why are companies insisting on employees returning to the office post-pandemic?"

Title: "Behind the Curtain: The Real Reasons Companies Want You Back in the Office"

Funny tagline: "Back to the office: Because AI can't enjoy the water cooler chats, yet."

Song suggestion: "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy - It captures the traditional office culture that is being questioned in the modern, AI-infused work environment.

Summary: In an attempt to return to pre-pandemic normalcy, tech giant Google recently tightened its hybrid work policy, emphasizing in-office attendance for its employees. This move, however, raises questions about the true motivations behind such mandates. 

Are they about nurturing culture and fostering productivity, or are they merely a survival strategy for protecting C-suite jobs and maintaining the value of office real estate investments? With advancements in AI enabling smaller teams to handle the workload of traditionally larger ones, and even potentially replacing entire departments, the necessity of extensive office space and certain managerial roles comes under scrutiny. 

AI's ability to analyze vast amounts of data more efficiently than humans questions the need for roles such as CFOs, COOs, and even entire departments like Accounting, Payroll, and Marketing. If businesses could cut costs tied to office spaces and redundant job roles, would it benefit stockholders and the overall value of the company? ("Google to crack down on office attendance, asks remote workers to reconsider," June 7, 2023)

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