There are some debates that will always be going on. Do pineapple belong on pizza or are Ross and Rachel on a break?
We added a debate to our list in 2022. Is it better to work remotely or in-office?
The argument has caused quite a stir between those who believe that they work best from the comfort of their own home and those who miss the social interaction and camaraderie that comes from seeing the same people day in and day out
It is clear that this one is even more divisive than pizza, and it is not going to go away anytime soon.
The battle lines have been drawn: you are either an avid work-from- homer or an office commuter. Both sides of the debate are guilty of throwing up some pretty hilarious arguments.
There are a lot of funniest examples.
It was a snack attack.
While speaking to The Guardian, the British Prime Minister encouraged the public to come back to their offices.
It seems like a pretty reasonable request from the PM. Johnson stated in the interview that he believes that employees are distracted by snackables.
Sharing his own experience of working remotely, Johnson stated, “You spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then
It is definitely one of the more unusual arguments we have heard, but we agree that it is hard to resist a good brie.
The office is a place of theft.
The New Yorker had an excellent article written about this angle. If you can’t borrow pens, pencils, staplers, envelopes, notebooks, paper, loo roll from the office, you may be faced with the reality that you need to buy all of these things.
You are looking at a hefty stationery bill over the course of six months or a year. You will have to buy tea bags, coffee Pods, and biscuits as well! Best return, no?
Spud is a person I like.
It can be tempting to sit on the sofa or lie down when you work from home, we have all been there. This argument isn’t warning against becoming a couch potato. If you work from home, you are more likely to face a tech problem that will turn you into a virtual tuber.
Lizet Ocampo, the department head at the non-profit group People for the American Way, became famous in April 2020 after she accidentally activated a filter that turned her into a potato.
Unfortunately, Ocampo did not know how to remove the filter and her colleagues were quick to share the interaction on social media. Thankfully, Ocampo saw the funny side of the argument and commented, “I yam potato boss!”
There are games that are spy games.
It is very easy for management to know what you are doing when you work in an office. Your manager can see your screen if you walk past your desk. It’s obvious that your desk is empty if you leave at 4.55pm. If you work from home, you might have to trust your boss more.
Professionals were encouraged to go to extreme lengths to let their boss know they were dedicated. You know, being the first in the office and the last to leave, scheduling emails to go out at 6.45 am. All to show how much work you did.
It seems like that advice is redundant now. If you work remotely, you can spend more time focusing on results.
For years to come, the work from home debate will continue. Some people prefer to work from home while others prefer to work in an office. It depends on the job you are doing, the support you need, and sometimes just how you feel on a given day.
There are lots of opportunities on the House of Talent job board if you are looking for a fully remote, flexible or in-office role.