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HeartlandNews.net Requiring Employees to Return to Office


HeartlandNews.net recently announced that all office employees will be required to return to their office locations on June 1st. The memo read in part, “All employees at both the Missouri and Hawaii locations must return to work on their original full or part-time schedule starting June 1, 2021.” It went on to say, “We look forward to the comradery and productivity that our office employees bring to our mutual work environment.”


It seems some are not thrilled with the directive. Sources close to the company have said that many employees have gotten used to working from home and the benefits that come from virtual work. Several have said they will need to again find childcare, pet care and adult care solutions for their families. One said “It is going to put a strain on my work life balance.”


The decision to return was made after research indicated the company will see increased productivity. Patrick Gahagan, President and Fellow of the Heartland Research Institute, a subsidiary of HeartlandNews.net said, “We conducted research on our own organization as well as across industries and the findings are quite clear. Most employees like working from home but overall work productivity has declined. It seems, only a small percentage of workers have the ability to compartmentalize the work day from their personal and family obligations. Most tend to blend them and the balance weighs heavier on personal rather than work.”


HeartlandNews.net is not alone in requiring employees back to the office. Most organizations have started pulling people back in though some are requiring only some office time. They claim it is all about company performance. Michael Hardass, Senior HR Consultant said, “The dirty little secret is that productivity has cratered. Our findings indicate that dedicated work hours per employee have dropped near 20%. The often-cited adage that employees do their laundry at lunch is just not true. They are doing laundry, going to the post office, having lunch with friends, picking up their kids early from school and taking Scruffy for a walk during work hours. All with no drop in pay.”


HeartlandNews.net caught up with Chief Nonsense Officer, Dean Erlandson for comment. He said, “We are excited to have everyone back. We often hear complaints about all the meetings and wasted time that happens at the office however, casual interactions and small focused meetings have led to some big ideas and breakthroughs. You miss that when people are not together.”


Heartland News did look at alternatives for the employees and the company. Mr. Erlandson said, “For many of our roles we did offer a sub-contracting alternative. Instead of being our employees they could be independent contractors. They could work when they wanted and be paid by the project. No benefits or vacation but complete flexibility. We have yet to have anyone take us up on that.”




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