What was once viewed as the era of returning to the office is instead reminding people of March 2020.
Early fall was anticipated to be a time when companies brought their workers back into the office for the first time in over a year. However, the rise of the Delta variant has left companies pushing their return-to-office dates to later this year and even as far as 2022.
For instance, Google, Microsoft and Uber all pushed their return-to-office date back until October while Lyft moved their date to February 2022.
Some companies have readily embraced remote working moving forward, such as Dropbox. The company’s offices are being used as meeting spaces, but the cloud storage firm is prioritizing remote policies.
It’s clear to see why some businesses have decided to take this route. A recent survey found that two-thirds of workers would take a 5% pay cut in exchange for full-time remote work.
“We’ve adopted a virtual-first model, and for us, that means individual work happens from home,” said Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox. “We’ve turned our offices into collaborative convening spaces.”