Thread regarding Fiserv Inc. layoffs

Does Anyone Actually Have Physical Meetings

Why not remote? All my internal and external meetings are virtual. Collaborate with who?

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One of the reasons I chose to go remote (when it was available) was the realization one day that I didn't interact with a single person on my campus. My job entailed me to communicate with people in a couple of different time zones, and India more often than not. I looked around and realized that I could do my job at home at my kitchen table.

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Post ID: @edmz+1jXaSQHr

Collaborating on spreading the Flu or Covid.

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Post ID: @eaig+1jXaSQHr

I remember a couple who worked in the group formally known as etg used to have a lot of physical meetings

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Post ID: @2wdt+1jXaSQHr

To get the tax break in Jersey, the company has to have a certain number of “butts in seats”. If they don’t meet that number, tax break is gone or decreased. They don’t do it for collaboration, they are just doing it for the tax breaks and money.

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Post ID: @2olu+1jXaSQHr

Nope. 100% teams meetings whether in office or home

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Post ID: @2mec+1jXaSQHr

I highly doubt you are having 4 -5 physical in person meetings per day. Even in BH I’ve never seen more than 1 person on any given meeting and I’m on calls all day long…

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Post ID: @1poi+1jXaSQHr

The only reason we are not full remote is because the execs want to hit on the summer interns

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Post ID: @zke+1jXaSQHr

After walking around the lake it is traditional to follow it up with a 1-on-1, in person, very physical meeting.

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Post ID: @eva+1jXaSQHr

Meetings in person? Ha. I've never met my boss of two years in person here. The boss has been in the office here several times too

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Post ID: @cao+1jXaSQHr

All virtual. Even in the office, everyone sits at their cube and takes the call from Teams just like we did during Covid 100% WFH. It’s ridiculous. The only collaboration is people gossiping about non work related stuff and going outside for numerous extended smoke breaks

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Post ID: @dtn+1jXaSQHr

“Why not remote?”

Because Frank hates it. Because Jamie Dimon hates it. Because David Solomon hates it. Because all bankers hate it.

Frank is and always will be a banker. He doesn’t have a clue how to run a fintech, and he never will. From calling the company a “firm” and the employees “associates”, there is no idea the man has that doesn’t come from banking.

Unfortunately for Frank, Fiserv isn’t a bank — and it never will be.

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Post ID: @cmu+1jXaSQHr

You don't get it. It's not about collaboration, it's about control and a reason to get rid of you. I would say work from office is much less productive because of all the distractions and the commute. However, if remote was allowed, there's no reason for anyone to go into the office and I would move to a much cheaper location to keep more of my money. I believe it was part of the deal with New Jersey to keep jobs local.

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Post ID: @uln+1jXaSQHr

Every meeting with the few in BH all you see are dozens of people wandering the halls in the background doing nothing. That must be the great collaboration that co location was to provide. I have invited people on my team to meetings and they declined and then I see them socializing in the view behind other team members on the call. Never had this issue with WFH everyone showed up unless on R&R. BH appears to be a playground to wander with a cup of coffee in hand.

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Post ID: @hmo+1jXaSQHr

I used to but haven't in years. And my virtual meetings are no less productive.

Lots of employees don't, because they have just been forced into nearby offices for the sake of badge swipes and don't actually have any of their direct team in the same location. The "collaboration" and "clients want us onsite" tropes are just a bunch of nonsense.

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Post ID: @qli+1jXaSQHr

At most, 1 per week... and that could easily be virtual

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Post ID: @lej+1jXaSQHr

4 or 5 a day, plus interacting with my colleagues all day

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