Martha Stewart Goes On a ‘Rampage’

( – World famous businesswoman and TV personality Martha Stewart went on a self-described “rampage” as she repeatedly declared that American workers must return to the office, or the United States risks stagnating its economy.

Stewart, whose fortune is estimated at $400 million, gave an interview to Footwear News, commenting on the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on office work.

She insisted that office employees can hardly get anything done in a hybrid work model, not to mention fully remote work.

“Look at the success of France with their stupid … you know, off for August, blah blah blah. That’s not a very thriving country,” stated the retail tycoon and Emmy Award winner.

“Should America go down the drain because people don’t want to go back to work?” she added, as cited by The Washington Times.

Stewart declared that she was determined to bring American employees back to their offices and was going on a “rampage.”

The former host of Martha Stewart Living and The Martha Stewart Show spoke amid a continuing “employer backlash against remote work,” according to The Times.

It is noted that large companies are already demanding their employees to be back at the office for the full or most of the work week, with Gold Sachs requiring its workers to be office-based five days a week, and Amazon requires at least three days at the office weekly.

“Despite employers’ orders, remote work remains incredibly popular. Most workers don’t want to give up the freedom that remote work offered them during the height of the pandemic,” the report comments.

It points out studies have indicated that remote work doesn’t reduce productivity while enabling employees to devote more time to their families and hobbies.

Yet, the pandemic has left “massive and expensive office spaces” empty, with companies paying rent anyway, which might be a significant factor for employers to demand that their workers return to the office.

“Some executives also say working in offices together promotes collaboration,” the report notes.

According to the latest studies, office space in the United States presently has a 50% occupancy rate compared with pre-pandemic levels.

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