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Having to go back to the office after 1 1/2 years remote

Curious if anyone else is dealing with the return to an office this year. My company sent everyone remote last year for the pandemic and is trying to force the majority of my sales dept. back to the office in Sept. Most of our reps, managers, VPs, etc. are all relocated out of state but the current guidance/rules only applies to individual AEs. Should this be a good enough reason to look for a new opportunity before being forced back?

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WCK
Politicker
+8
Padre de Tequila
I mean if businesses haven't adjusted to at least give you a hybrid option, I'd very much consider looking around. My company gave us full authority to decide as individual contributors as to what our schedule will be: Full return, hybrid, or full WFH.
c4miller
Opinionated
+2
Sr. Account Executive
The current talk is a hybrid option but we have new hires on our team that never relocated and are now expected to move after almost a year in the territory. They also haven't given clear expectations as to the mandatory commitment for days in office so....
WCK
Politicker
+8
Padre de Tequila
Interesting... Seems like a bit of a cluster, to say the least.
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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
They may change their tune, but I'd start looking for a backup plan on the chance they don't.
thesalesdocrx
Valued Contributor
+5
SDR Manager
We are working on a hybrid model for September.

But yeah....full time back in office is bleh.
skeez
AE
what is the value of having employees back in an office?ย 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Leadership feels like it has more control.
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TechAEwhowisheshewasgaming
Good Citizen
Account Executive
I feel this struggle and I'm in a similar boat. Hoping to get some more transparency from leadership on the policy but I've started to look around.ย 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't view the company telling us they want us back in the office as grounds for leaving, assuming they give you a good rationale behind their decision.ย ย 
c4miller
Opinionated
+2
Sr. Account Executive
I definitely would not have an issue with their decision but the rationale really isn't there in my opinion.. Our outside field sales team for strategic accounts are all full-time remote and the majority of our employees outside of our sales org are remote full time prior to everything. The only ones being required to return are our CSMs, Service Support, and SMB/Mid Size AEs without setting the same standard for our senior leadership we report to. I don't really want to leave (been with the company for 4 years) but I feel like this is a significant indicator that our executives don't truly value the needs of employees here and are making blanket rules without reason and it might warrant the change..
c4miller
Opinionated
+2
Sr. Account Executive
Sorry for the rant haha

BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
i would immediately look elsewhere. we went perm remote and i'm moving out of state. i would never consider going back to the office. they should give you an option, not force you back in the office. i've never thought sales should be an office job.
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Depends on the job, ive done both it seems unnecessary to force going back but if the product and job is fulfilling keep it
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