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Despite the potential benefits of flexible work arrangements, employers often resist them and prefer employees to work in traditional office settings. AT&T, for example, recently ordered 60,000 managers working remotely to return to the office.
Flexible work can make employees happier and more productive. But seemingly every time it is tried, employers do a rapid about-face and return to business as usual.
American culture defines work as a form of virtuous sacrifice, where discomfort and long hours are seen as prerequisites for work. Office misery is a common motif in American pop culture, reinforcing the belief that work should be unpleasant.
Americans are culturally hard-wired to define work as incompatible with flexibility.