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In 2023, employees engaged in productivity theater, pretending to be busy at work to protect themselves from surveillance and maintain productivity. However, these tactics eventually led to 'change fatigue' among employees.
"Due to the current economic environment and growing pressure from employers to cut costs without sacrificing productivity, employees are at risk of becoming overburdened and under pressure."
Employees used tactics such as 'coffee badging', where they would show up at the office for a short period of time to earn an imaginary badge, and then work from home. These tactics were a way to continue remote work after companies issued return-to-office mandates.
When you peek under the radar, "coffee badging" was trending in which employees showed up at the office for enough time to have a cup of coffee and earn an imaginary badge for it, then went home to do their work.