COVID-19 is the biggest natural experiment on remote work. What used to be a minority choice was catapulted into the majority. Just as many previously reluctant employees have now embraced the freedom of WFH, employers have discovered the delicious cost savings too.
Once you open the Pandora’s Box, it is irreversible. Once we are all free of COVID, nostalgia for human interaction might drive people back into the cubicle — but I doubt it will last. Who is gonna tell Google to roll back their 1B savings?
Therefore, I am curious about the long-term impact of COVID on the future of work, especially the following aspects:
- Is WFH an irreversible trend?
- What will be the impact on home prices?
- What will be the impact on metropolises, such as NYC, San Francisco and LA?
- What will be the impact on the modern workplace?
- Will our benefits be the same, or now we are fully responsible for our own office setup (and its utilities, printers, office lunches, etc)?
- If people are expected to be self-reliant re: office setup, will we see a Matthew effect?
- What will be the future of work? How do I adapt?
These long-term questions cannot be answered over night. I will follow events as they unfold.