Originally the biggest proponents of remote work, some tech companies are now second-guessing the effectiveness of these models.
In a recent internal Slack message, Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff inquired about lower productivity levels among new remote hires, suggesting that office culture could be the missing link to a well-thought-out workplace.
The potential pivot to in-person models could have a rippling effect across the entire job market. If this arrangement is ineffective for the companies creating remote work tools, how could it be beneficial to anyone?
While any shifts away from flexibility will certainly be met with employee backlash, office landlords are breathing a sigh of relief.
Big Tech companies are among the biggest office tenants in the country, and if they express even an inkling of desire to return, other industries will be validated in their efforts to do the same.
Currently, a volatile economy and labor shortage has yet to give employers the power to change policy without losing talent. However, if a full return commences, it will likely be years in the future and contingent upon an environment that gives businesses the upper hand.