As CEO of SquareFoot Jonathan Wasserstrum shared on our Age of Agility podcast, projections had remote work fully taking hold around 2030 – a gradual change in the marketplace, as digital technology came up to speed to enable the change and reluctant organizations became ready.
Obviously, that change took hold immediately in March 2020. Organizations had to quickly find ways to support a distributed workforce, in living rooms and bedrooms across the world instead of in central office locations.
Some organizations, though, found that the remote culture had a lot of benefits that are worth keeping even as there is a return to offices seemingly around the corner. Spotify, for example, decided that they would continue to allow employees work from anywhere, citing that employees should work from where they can “do their best thinking and creating.” Similarly, Salesforce is scaling back its real estate footprint and allowing employees to remain remote even after the pandemic.
With the advantages of acquiring the best talent from anywhere, building more diverse teams outside of your geography, and giving employees flexibility, working remotely may be here to stay, much sooner than was originally projected.