Recently it was announced that workers will be required to come into the office full time. I do not interact with students, so I can perform my job anywhere. I understand that some people may want to go back to normal, but working from home has been very beneficial. Perhaps some employees who want to work primarily in-office can still do that? That would save quite a bit of office space.
Working from home has been highly beneficial to both my physical and mental health. Not being required to commute has made a healthy sleep schedule finally obtainable. I have been more focused on my work because I don't need to worry about hot weather or traffic.
Working in the comfort of my home allows me to eat healthier, and do quick exercises during my lunch break. Working from home allows greater freedom, giving me the option to live closer to my family members. Zoom calls haven't hurt my connection with my team at all. I have a strong working relationship with all my coworkers. Anyone who I have asked, whether internal or with other employers, prefers working from home. The total control of your environment allows absolute focus on work.
Bloomberg estimates that working from home boosts worker productivity. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021...$
I humbly request that ASU and departments within reconsider their stance on working from home.