As the markets continue to climb to a level near the pre-pandemic levels I wonder what it is telling us. It’s either:
1) We anticipate the reopening going well and things will be better.
2) Things are going just fine during the shutdown. The non-essential employees really aren’t essential and we don’t need them working.
As I've gotten older I've gotten more scared of number 2. Anytime I’ve worked as an employee and there was a message that went out that due to weather only essential people should come to work. I would come in (or do my best to do so). Unless I’m told personally not to come in, I’ll go to work Why would I announce to my superiors that I thought myself or my job was non-essential? I’ve also said if I were a very senior person at a firm, I’d walk around take notes on the departments that were light or empty and seriously look to see how necessary they really were.