Company That 'Misled' New Hire Over Working From Home Policy Sparks Outrage

An office worker's angry rant about how their workplace lied about work flexibility has sparked outrage on the internet over their treatment.

In the post shared on Mumsnet on Monday, the worker who goes by the username ConfusieSusie, explained that after promising flexible working at interview stages, their boss now expects to see employees in the office most of the time.

ConfusieSusie wrote in the post that last year they joined a new organization on the basis that they would follow a hybrid work arrangement, attending the office just three days a week and working from home the rest of the week and any time their kids were sent home from school for showing signs of coronavirus. But the promise didn't last long.

"What has actually transpired is that we are required to be in the office every day, and MAY be able to WFH (work from home) if it is absolutely necessary. However, if we take flexibility in a given week, we have to 'make up for it' the next week by showing up every day," the post read.

The post went on to explain that they commute 90 minutes each way every time they go to the office and that for this reason they made sure to let their employer know that work flexibility was their priority and the most influential factor in their decision to take any job.

"I feel completely duped, the majority of people doing my job in other companies are either on a Hybrid model or fully remote," they continued, "AIBU (am I being unreasonable) to hand in my notice? I have never left a job after only a few months but I feel very strongly about this.

Most of the time when employers ask their workers to come back to the office, they say it's to increase productivity, but a 2021 report from Owl Labs shows that 70 percent of those who worked from home during the pandemic felt virtual meetings were less stressful. Eighty-three percent said they were at the same productivity level, or higher; and 55 percent said they worked more hours remotely then they previously did at the office.

Members of the Mumsnet community didn't hesitate to take the poster's side, giving advice and sharing similar experiences. One user, billy1966 said: "Absolutely. You were completely misled. How very annoying."

Another user, puzzledandpissedoff, said: "You can hand in your notice for any reason or none, but the key point is what your contract says. Both employers and employees can say any nonsense at interview and often do, but it's what's in the paperwork that counts—though good luck trying to insist on anything if you're new, still in probation and with little protection"

Other users like ReturntoUK advised them to take drastic measures: "Did you turn down or not pursue other roles because of this job? I'd be suing for compensation."

ConfusieSusie further explained that even though they had discussed this matter with their employer verbally they never put it in writing, so they wouldn't have any concrete evidence to show in court, even though they've made clear they don't intend to pursue a legal challenge.

When other users suggested speaking to HR about the issue, they responded saying they actually work in the HR department themselves and there's nothing they can do.

Another user, Claymorekick, answered: "From my experience, HR are the worst for not following their own policies and procedures, making up their own rules that only apply to them and not being supportive to their own staff—whilst expecting every other manager to stick to the rules completely."

Employee packing their desk
A stock image shows an employee packing his belongings to leave his job. An office worker's rage about their workplace lying about work flexibility sparked outrage online. Getty Images