This is the latest in a series of major companies having made similar announcements, including Microsoft. But Synchrony’s proposal appears to be more radical in that it:
Allows all its US employees to work from home permanently.
Requires some employees to work from home all the time with no access to an office.
Requires all employees to work from home at least some of the time.
Requires even management with “assigned seats” to work from home at least 1-2 days a week.
In a memo to employees, reported by Bloomberg today, CEO Keane and Synchrony President Brian Doubles explained that Synchrony will have three types of offices:
Virtual offices: employees will work from home permanently, and there is no office they can go to.
Hoteling offices: employees work at home permanently, but if they need to, can book a desk at a nearby office location.
Hybrid offices: employees can work from home but they have an assigned seat at a nearby office where they can work at least three days a week.Synchrony Financial Disclosed Radical Work-from-Home Plan, Layoffs, and “Office Footprint” Reduction — https://wolfstreet.com/2020/10/20/consumer-finance-giant-synchrony-disclosed-radical-permanent-work-from-home-plan/
I have been a WFH (work from home) warrior since 2006. There is absolutely nothing radical about the plan outlined above. I’ve been patiently waiting all these years for the business world to come around to my way of thinking. To be be clear, a lot of businesses would not adopt WFH without a nasty virus driving the agenda.
Too bad I’m currently a W2 worker. If I was still consulting I would make a MINT advising companies how to do the WFH thing effectively.
And what not to do when you’re on a Zoom call.