You knew it was just a matter of time before lawyers weighed in on the matter. Hailey Mensik for writing for Worklife:
Last week a former Astrazeneca senior director sued the drugmaker saying it breached her contract by refusing to pay her a performance bonus of more than $120,000, and stock options valued at more than $65,000, due to her working from home last year, according to the suit.
She claims her former employer retroactively changed its bonus structure to include RTO requirements which she didn’t meet while working from her South Carolina home last year, where she has since she started in the role in 2016.
The only real answer to this debate/discussion is: What works for your staff at this moment in time? If they can WFH and it helps their lives and they stay productive, who cares? We don’t need to have these debates or get the courts involved. The problem, of course, is that so many people — and especially Americans — wrap their entire personal identity up in work (it’s all they have), and so they want to be worshipped and deified there, because they aren’t at home. That’s the entire reason we’re having this discussion, but no one really says that out loud too often.