A signal of the final stages of the COVID-19 pandemic response is that an increasing number of companies who allowed employees to work remotely are being called back into the office.
Paycom recently caused quite a stir internally when it announced that certain teams, which had apparently had the ability to work from home until now, will soon be required to spend most if not all of their company time in the office.
In a Q&A The Lost Ogle got its hands on, Paycom gives its reasoning for the change: “Technology leadership feels working more closely together allows for better collaboration between teams and aids us in continuing to be an innovative industry-leading company.”
Anyone who’s made the mistake of driving near Paycom’s campus during certain times can certainly empathize that workers may not want to contend with that every day. Also, imagine working without interruption in sweatpants for two years, then being told to start expecting unplanned visits by colleagues talking about who knows what in their workspace again starting next week.
The company must have predicted that this move might be unpopular, as one of the additional questions answered is, “Will we ever move back to a remote work environment?”
Some of these employees have never actually worked in the office, so also included is, “Where the hell is my office anyway?” Well, something close to that.
On the other hand, with their rate of growth, the better question might soon be, “Where in OKC isn’t Paycom’s office?”