With Delta infections subsiding and a new year on the horizon, executives late last year were formulating “return to office” plans

The plans for the RTO went out the door after Omicron.

Some employers are demanding that employees return to work because they want to, rather than because of the U.S. cobra cases.

It hasn’t gone as well as some companies would like. The ramifications remain to be seen for others.

According to a leaked memo, Musk told employees “remote work is no longer acceptable.” He wrote that anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for at least 40 hours per week.

According to reports, David Solomon wanted employees to return to the office full-time but only half showed up.

Employees were required to return to work on a part-time schedule this spring because of the opposition of remote work. The move signaled that hybrid work is here to stay, according to the assistant professor at Bond University in Australia.

She said on The Conversation that employers will either embrace the change or be left behind. We don’t need to be together five days a week to make this happen. Employers who don’t provide flexibility will be the loser with a shrinking workforce and an increasing war for talent.

Things have changed since plans for “return to office” were scrapped. After the Fed hiked interest rates, the market crashed, and the GDP shrank, CEOs began to warn of pre-recession storm clouds. Employers are wondering if they should rock the boat with the U.S. still having a labor shortage.

Fearing mutiny in response to strict RTO policies, some companies are attempting to lure workers back to the office, refashioning seas of cubicles into hybrid spaces with areas to meet, exercise, and meditate.

Some companies are abandoning their plans altogether.

Policies are slipping in real time, according to the U.S. transformation leader at the workforce consultant. There was a time when it was important to work in the office for white-collar jobs. That is falling. The only people who need to be in the office are those who need a screwdriver.

Many companies seem to think that remote work is the way of the future. Employers will have to contend with the fact that some perks can cause resentment.

Linda Duxbury, a professor of management at the Sprott School of Business in Canada, told Yahoo Finance that there will be two classes of workers, the haves and the have-nots.

Something needs to give, and maybe this summer it will. The discussion could be rendered meaningless by a White House predicted fall and winter wave of COVID.