The only things that could pull people back to the office is the ego of bad middle manager scared of losing control
Millions of workers are experiencing the life-changing benefits of organizing work around your life rather than the other way around. This flexibility has come with certain caveats. Many of us are having to continue our work while homeschooling our children and even with that the universal benefits of no longer having to waste 600 hours are obvious.
Here are the excuses that have been destroyed in those 10 days:
1. 🏢 We need an office to function
Reality: We don’t need an office to function and we now have the evidence.
All the excuses for in-person collaboration being far better than virtual communication have been dispelled in days. In-person might be preferable, but at most it is 5% better, at worst it is a marginal improvement which nobody cares about.
Implication: Companies with extensive real-estate footprints won’t be economically competitive with remote-first companies doing the same thing.
2. ⌛We need meetings to function
Reality: Unnecessary meetings waste lives.
The status quo was traveling an hour for a meeting that lasted 30 minutes before traveling an hour back. Companies everywhere are discovering you can jump on a Zoom call, it only takes 30 minutes, and most of them aren’t even necessary anyway.
Implication: In-person meetings will become the exception while online video calls will become the new normal.
3. 🤝 How can we trust our remote teams to work
Reality: Remote workers are more productive than office-based staff.
Offices are distraction factory adult kids clubs where it’s impossible to do deep focussed work. Remote work lets every single person have a private space to do deep work without disruption.
Implication: Companies that can’t do remotely well won’t be able to attract the best people and will be far less productive.