The battle over whether remote employees should be forced back into the office is based on a false belief: people working from home slack off more than in-office workers.
It’s simply not true.
Consider the latest viral TikTok trend: bragging about “time theft.” The notion was perhaps expressed best by TikTokker Daniel Ezra, who said: “The real work flex is not grinding for 80 hours a week. The real work flex is time theft.”
Hundreds of comments about the video piled on with tips on how they “steal” nearly the entire workday, which included coming into the office late, taking long breaks, pretending to work, and other tactics.