Telework: a change of course that does not please workers

Telework: a change of direction that workers don't like


Nearly a year after their employer promised them that the telecommuting policy would be permanent, workers at the American insurance company Farmers Group are complaining about having to go to the office three days a week.  

Ever since new chief executive Raul Vargas announced last month that his employees were to return to the office three days a week, there has been a lot of discontent among the Farmers Group staff.

Having been promised that the work-from-home policy was here to stay, many have made important life choices, including selling their car, expanding workspace at home, or even moving to another city. /p>

Several employees have thus revolted on the Internet social media platform intended for Farmers Group employees, some even crying out for unionization, according to what “The Wall Street Journal” has seen.

“I sold my house and moved closer to grandchildren. So sad that I made a huge financial decision based on a lie,” one claims department employee wrote in a post.

Others were even hired as telecommuters. “This is apparently a frankly disgusting coup,” said another employee of the medical claims division, adding that the company had promised him that its telecommuting policy was here to stay.

Du side of the administration of Farmers Group, it is estimated that this change of course aims to “combine the best of both worlds”.

It's a way of getting “everything we have drawn flexible, virtual work with all the teamwork and collaboration that we get when we work together in the office,” Vargas said in an email to employees.

The company reminds that the change will not be effective until September to give employees time to adjust.