As months pass and parts of the world return to many pre-pandemic norms, recent concerns about the workplace have risen.
Is remote work over? Have employers regained more power in decisions about the workplace?
Just this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to staff stating that he expects them to be in the office 40 hours a week, minimum. As a result, some professionals are worried that Musk’s staunch opposition could have a rippling effect on other companies.
However, not all companies are staying stoic in their workplace policy stances. In fact, even the biggest opponents of flexible work models have loosened up recently.
For instance, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon — a once staunch adversary of remote work — recently announced that around 40% of the company’s staff would operate under a hybrid model.
Leaders are wise in doing so, as the Great Resignation continues to put a hamper on office returns and the overall labor market.
Forecasting the end of remote work feels premature. Leaders and employees have both benefited from the adoption of new workplace policies, and that is unlikely to change overnight.
Although some companies will always require an in-person presence, this is nowhere near the last summer of remote work. Instead, expect organizations large and small to inch their way towards more flexibility as they work to compete in the war for talent.