Businesses are eager to get employees back to the office with the end of the pandemic now (hopefully) in sight. But some corporate bosses may pay a price for failing to communicate plans clearly to workers and otherwise bungling the transition from the world of remote work and Zoom calls to open-plan offices and conference room meetings.

That’s a key finding of recent research by Kimberly Merriman, David Greenway and Tamara Montag-Smit, management scholars at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. They reviewed over 100 lengthy worker posts on Reddit about how their employers were handling the return to the office. Many workers said they were fed up with the confusing remote work policies, corporate culture “BS” and broken promises that accompanied corporate plans for a post-pandemic office.

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Some workers aren’t that excited about a return to the office. Antonio Sanchez Albacete/EyeEm via Getty Images

Employees are feeling burned over broken work-from-home promises and corporate culture ‘BS’ as employers try to bring them back to the office

Kimberly Merriman, University of Massachusetts Lowell; David Greenway, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Tamara Montag-Smit, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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