Let’s talk about these new guidelines that Andy Beshear spoke about on 10/26:
First of all, these are recommendations, not mandates. So, no company in Jefferson county is going to allow their employees to work remotely voluntarily. Why would they? Everyone is trying to get people to come back into work spaces, attempting to return to normalcy as much as they can, even if all they can have is 50% capacity.
If these remain “recommendations” and not mandates, many people in these red-zone counties will be going into 2021 with potential performance-review issues for simply trying to do the right thing by either trying to get approval to work remotely or calling in too frequently at the last minute, because you can’t schedule being sick, or schedule having symptoms that most people would’ve come to work with anyway before 2020. Many companies still have a “if you’re not at the office, you’re not really working” mindset, which is severely incorrect and outdated. Some people have HR sending them daily reminders about not working in the office if they have symptoms, managers who prefer they’d come into the office, and friends telling them their fears and beliefs are stupid. Someone needs to clarify something, somewhere.
I think these new guidelines should be mandates, not “recommendations”. We’ll see what happens Monday, but I’m not holding my breath.
Some of my friends say maybe they’re waiting until after the election to switch them to mandates. That seems like a possibility, but I just don’t think that’s even on the agenda, either. I think it’s going to be up to individuals to do the right thing. I think people are going to lose jobs over it. I think 2021 is going to be an even more complicated year than 2020.