I work for a large enterprise software company in the Bay Area and there are a few colleagues in my department that constantly “work from home” and they’ve been very casual to the team about the fact that they actually goof off. One of them blows off deadlines over and over and although he’s been getting reprimand letters, he’s still there after three years of underperforming. I really couldn’t care less, if not for the fact that the manager pushes the late work to the rest of us to “chip in” to make the date.
I’ve heard that it’s because HR is afraid of getting sued. What is wrong with employment laws if companies can’t just fire people who are obviously lazy and/or incompetent?
I’ve not been someone who is really interested in going into business for myself, but this blatant inefficiency makes me think if I could come up with a decent idea, I could run circles around my current company.