POLL TIME - WFH Edition. What's your preference?

Ight monkeys I'm curious to see everyone's thoughts on this now that we're roughly 1 year into Covid. If you had all the power and made all of the rules, what would you do?

What would your companywide work from home policy be?

What would you do personally?

Also for classification purposes please include

size of firm

industry

experience/level

rough geography

pre-Covid WFH %

company's current WFH policy

for me it's like this

What would your companywide work from home policy be?

I'd make it completely optional with the understanding that if you're not at least in the office 50% of the time, you don't have a dedicated desk. In my firm and among my team, our productivity is still great with 100% WFH, but some people still like the office

What would you do personally?

Personally, I'd only go into the office for team and client meetings, would end up being 80% WFH/travel and 20% office. I'd also finally (FINALLY) get that place in south florida and give a middle finger to winter

size of firm - BB

industry - PWM

experience/level - >10y, partner/PM

rough geography - southeast tier 2 city

pre-Covid WFH % - 0%

company's current WFH policy - nearly everyone WFH, some offices allowing a % of EEs who want it, not mandatory, but haven't updated permanent policies

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  • Summer Associate in IB - Cov
Feb 26, 2021 - 4:22pm

Going into IB this summer, but my preference would be in the office Tuesday-Thursday with Monday and Friday being optional. 

Mar 1, 2021 - 1:24am
sandals.com, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I vote for completely optional...

Firm: buyside 

Role: research

Money can purchase freedom, if you have the guts to buy it

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  • NA in Consulting
Mar 1, 2021 - 9:43am

My company already had a pretty flexible WFH policy pre COVID, but I'd like to see that become even more prevalent and for them to, over time, provide provisions to build ones own home office (we weren't given any money for an office setup).

I've loved working from home, so I would plan to stay there for the time being.

Size of firm: Large

Industry: consulting

Experience:   Geography: US

Pre COVID wfh %: a couple days when visiting family around holidays

Current policy: flexible, but needs to be applied for and approved. I'd prefer it just become the norm

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Mar 1, 2021 - 1:22pm
JustAnotherGuy55, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes, definitely not for CoL reasons, but I currently living in an area with similar taxes and housing prices.

I absolutely love Mediterranean climates, mountains, redwoods and beaches. I know if I didn't move to California I would definitely regret it especially because I could afford to. It looks like almost every Mediterranean climate has pricey real estate so it just is what it is.

All of my siblings live in CA/WA now and my parents will be retiring in Jackson WY. My cousins are originally from the Bay area as well.

I also wanted to consider what I would do if my employer had layoffs. If I want to be able to maintain my income I need to live near the Bay Area/LA/Seattle/NYC/Chicago or Boston. I want to buy a forever home and have an easy backup plan if things change.

  • Associate 1 in RE - Comm
Mar 1, 2021 - 12:16pm

Size of Firm - Buyside (~$500M)

Industry - RE

Experience Level - 5Y, Associate

Rough Geography - Southeast, not a major city

Pre-Covid WFH% - 0%

I was working in the EU for a REPE firm 100% in office, returned to the US last fall during Covid and now am fully remote indefinitely. I prefer WFH, but I also recognize how working in close proximity helps with training, moving up, and overall comradery. I've had great experience working from home and avoiding the daily commute alleviates a lot of stress imo.  

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Mar 1, 2021 - 12:25pm
iggs99988, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My preference for firms shifting policies would be to have it be fully optional. This way the office rats can come in if they feel the need to facetime / give seniors BJs, and the hermits can stay at home or work from somewhere warm / fun. If I had the choice I'd probably never go into the office again just because investment bankers aren't exactly a fun group of people to be around and there is 0 value added to my work output having to personally interact with them. 

Size of firm - Medium

Industry - Banking

Experience/level - 5years, 2nd year ASO

Geography - NYC

Pre-Covid WFH % - ~10% if count logging in at home after leaving office. 0% if you don't count that

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Mar 1, 2021 - 12:31pm
GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you prefer to have to wake up early every morning so you can be on time to sit in a fluorescently-lit office and smell other men's farts all day, you're a fucking psychopath.

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Mar 1, 2021 - 4:28pm
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