Before the pandemic the general attitude to remote went something like this: "Does this sound cool? Sure. Do I want to do all the hard work necessary to turn my already-running-smoothly business into a remote company? Oh God no," says Jon Smith, the CEO of Imaginary Average Company, Inc.
Now, we’re realizing remote work is a win-win: Companies get to save "a ton" of money, while people can now work as they please. Twitter, Amazon, Google, and many others already introduced all-remote policies — some perpetually, some until the end of year — making it much easier for everyone else to follow.
Getting rid of the office represents a deep structural change. No more commute, hence more free time and less pollution; less distraction, hence work can be done faster; no imposed office space, hence more flexibility, comfort, and ultimately happiness; no need to be stuck in one place, hence more traveling opportunities; no awkward water cooler talk, hence more authentic and honest connections.