A Day In The Life Of A “Return To Office” Worker

Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX
Published in
15 min readJun 20, 2024

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If your manager thinks remote working isn’t efficient, then maybe you should read this article to them.

“Image generated using OpenAI’s DALL·E.”

It’s funny really, the amount of absolute cognitive dissonance that’s rife within the world of software engineering. It’s a main part of the reason why I call it the “Grand Game of Software Engineering”, as it pretty much is us (the technically minded worker cogs) against them (the technically bereft management droids, operating alongside their HR enforcers).

The aim of a company, of course¹, is to get things done in a timely efficient manner, in budget and on time, with the minimum of effort on our part and the maximum satisfaction on the part of the customer.

Of course, that’s rarely the case — something you’d know only too well if you’ve played any part in the Grand Game at all.

Well, when I say funny I mean you do have to laugh don’t you? Otherwise you’d just cry in the same way as when someone says “we’re introducing agile to make things more efficient” or “the project manager’s going to refine the backlog for the next sprint”. You know, totally normal things like that.

Suffice it to say that the recent popularity of RTO or “Return to Office” has made me facepalm so many times people are starting to think I’ve been standing out in the sun for too long.

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Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, X, and Overwatch fan.