Person Shares The Ridiculous Work-From-Home Policy Their Boss Came Up With - Bored Panda

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In a story that will have you facepalming very hard, one redditor, a veteran sysadmin and developer with decades of experience, shared how a senior administration official saw someone’s Zoom tropic theme background and moved to rework the entire company’s WFH approach because he thought someone was actually working at the beach.
While some companies embrace hybrid or fully remote work, others have a tough time adapting Image credits: Oladimeji Ajegbile (not the actual photo) One employee shared how a senior official’s misunderstanding when he saw a Zoom background led to him changing the entire firm’s WFH policy Image credits: Vlada Karpovich (not the actual photo) Image credits: STUNTP***S Look, we get it, Zoom backgrounds are pretty nifty.
Some redditors quipped that the official would have his mind blown if he ever saw a Zoom space background.
It’s a topic that we’ve covered in great detail here at Bored Panda.
Vanessa Bohns, from Cornell University, previously explained to Bored Panda that displaying signs of mild embarrassment can actually be socially constructive.
Meanwhile, workplace expert and author Lynn Taylor explained to Bored Panda why working from home is such a contentious issue for some managers.
Working from home has been a very spicy topic over the past two and a half years.

Person Shares The Ridiculous Work-From-Home Policy Their Boss Came Up With - Bored Panda

Working from home has been a very spicy topic over the past two and a half years. It’s a topic that we’ve covered in great detail here at Bored Panda. While some companies have embraced fully remote or hybrid work and have given their employees more flexibility, others have doubled down on waging war on these sorts of policies because of the lack of trust, the desire for in-person communication (and oversight), and a host of other reasons. Some work-from-home policies, however, aren’t made using logic. Instead, they’re dictated by radically embarrassing misunderstandings. And instead of owning up to these mistakes, the higher-ups would rather inconvenience the entire company to cover up their failures. In a story that will have you facepalming very hard, one redditor, a veteran sysadmin and developer with decades of experience, shared how a senior administration official saw someone’s Zoom tropic theme background and moved to rework the entire company’s WFH approach because he thought someone was actually working at the beach. Scroll down for the two full bizarre posts, in the redditor’s own words, as well as to see how the internet reacted. What do you think about what happened, Pandas? What’s the WFH policy like at your job? You can share your thoughts and opinions with everyone else in the comments—we’d love to hear about your experience with remote work policies. While some companies embrace hybrid or fully remote work, others have a tough time adapting Image credits: Oladimeji Ajegbile (not the actual photo) One employee shared how a senior official’s misunderstanding when he saw a Zoom background led to him changing the entire firm’s WFH policy Image credits: Vlada Karpovich (not the actual photo) Image credits: STUNTP***S Look, we get it, Zoom backgrounds are pretty nifty. The first time yours truly saw them, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the quality of the themes. However, they’re still very clearly fake. Though it’s not out of this world to assume that someone who’s entirely unfamiliar with the tech might mistake one of the themes for an actual location. Though to be so stubborn as to not admit to having a mistake is just… disappointing. Employees often expect their superiors to know better and have higher standards, however, the truth of the matter is that everyone’s very much human. Arrogance, entitlement, shame, guilt—these issues don’t go away just because you get a promotion or two. That’s why it’s so important to know how to manage your managers: give them valid criticism diplomatically, while also offering solutions to the problem. Though, granted, far from every superior is open to any kind of employee input. The r/sysadmin subreddit had a field day with the story. Some redditors quipped that the official would have his mind blown if he ever saw a Zoom space background. While another quipped: “Attention Staff. By new mandate, all employees must work from within the solar system, or be declared AWOL.” Though embarrassment is far from pleasant, it’s actually a healthy and mature reaction to embrace it. Otherwise, it might morph into deep-seated shame later on. Vanessa Bohns, from Cornell University, previously explained to Bored Panda that displaying signs of mild embarrassment can actually be socially constructive. People can feel more sympathetic towards you if you admit to making mistakes. If instead, we run away from our embarrassment, our social capital is likely to go down. In other words, your reputation suffers if you pretend that you haven’t messed up. People respect you more if you’re honest about your flaws. “What you want to be careful not to do is to let embarrassment morph into the more destructive self-conscious emotion of shame, where you feel so badly about a minor mistake that you start to think there is something wrong with you and feel the need to completely disappear and hide away yourself,” Bohns said. Meanwhile, workplace expert and author Lynn Taylor explained to Bored Panda why working from home is such a contentious issue for some managers. “The fear of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ looms large,” she said how some managers think. “For some companies, industries, and positions, employees do need to be on site. But for those where it won’t affect their work product, managers must be open-minded about offering the flexibility and freedom of working from home. That is if they want to attract and retain the most qualified people,” she told us. “One of the reasons some managers are opposed to work-from-home policies, for example, is they feel there is a lack of productivity when you can’t meet face-to-face. They believe that project teams are less effective when working offsite,” the workplace expert said. “Managers may feel their own results and successes are negatively impacted because they can’t interface personally with their staff; brainstorm as easily, or react to unexpected issues on the spot. They may also feel they can’t train their employees properly when they’re offsite. For others, it’s simply resistance to change. If they’re much more traditional in their management approach, they may want to exert maximum control over their staff and be assured everyone is committed.” Here’s how some internet users reacted to the WFH drama
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