Worker ignores boss’ call as he is not allowed to work from home

In a viral TikTok video, a YouTuber jokes about taking his job’s anti-home policy literally.

“My job recently told me I’m not allowed to work from home even though I do everything remotely, they want me in the office. So I deleted Teams and email from my phone,” Poster @mrbrotein wrote via text overlay.

“My boss tried to call me last night about something urgent and couldn’t seem to get through. He asked why and I explained what I was told. I’m not allowed to work from home,” the text continued.

In the clip, @mrbrotein can be seen in a suit and tie while appearing to be working on a computer. There’s music and a laugh track while @mrbrotein looks around mischievously and lets out a “What?” expression with his hands.

The video has garnered more than 4.2 million views and over 2,600 comments since it was posted on Tuesday.

@mrbrotein No WFH means no WFH IB: @William #corporate #workfromhome #remotework #corporatelife #fyp #comedy #millennial ♬ suono originale – sancineto carmela 77

“No WFH means no WFH,” the caption reads.

The scenario this TikToker is referring to is actually taken from a viral post on the r/antiwork subreddit, which describes itself as: “A subreddit for those who want to quit work, are curious about quitting work, who want to get the most out of a work-free life, want more information about anti-work ideas, and want personal help with their own professional/work-related struggles.” While the original Reddit poster has since deleted its post, several creators, including @mrbrotein , shared it on other platforms.

Commenters sided with @mrbrotein in this situation.

“If I can’t work from home for my convenience, I certainly won’t for yours!” said one person in solidarity.

“My work phone sits in my desk drawer when I’m not working,” wrote another.

Others reported encountering similar situations at their own workplaces.

“My boss too. He called me at 6:45 am to sort out a problem. I said [I] no longer work from home. He replied to take your laptop with you. I said no!” claimed one commenter.


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*Initial publication: March 8, 2023 8:09 am CST

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