Frankly they don't care how many go. Everyone is and always has always been replaceable. They have modelled this multiple ways to know how to respond to the losses. And is unclear to me if all cohorts must RTO.
What they do likley care about is helping revitalize the downtowns or the business districts they are in, getting some ROI out of their real estate commitments, and addressing their perception that productivity and collaboration can be improved with some face to face and butts in seat time.
The studies regarding WFH productivity gains vs in in office work show unclear differences. It is debateble what impact that has on WFH. The studies also shows each person and work group has so many personal and small team factors that there is no unviersal answer on which site is best.
And productivity nationally is not improving and it is possible that WFH is a partial factor.
Look. I am not defending this decision by HCSC. For me it sucks. I live 30 miles away from my office in Chicago. But I have been here around ten years. So it is better now than when I started but worse than last year. Do I have a "right" to expect a temporary adaptation for Covid to be made permanent? I truly vaccillate on this.
So do I leave knowing that other companies are generally going to a hybrid of Office/WFH? I just dont know yet since WFH is not a Top 4 for me. It comes after the type of work I get, the people I interact with, the compensation I receive, and my free time. I work generally five ten hour days from home. I simply will go back to what I was doing which was 8 in office an 2 on the train. And of.
course the cost of transport for those three days a week is about $36 weekly. That's about $1500 hit annually.
Consider me half in half out.
I wish you all th best outcomes