COVID pushed much of the global workforce away from the office and into their homes. The transition was harried, but relatively seamless.
The work-from-home option simply would not have been possible 10-20 years ago. It is only in very recent times – with online work, service-based jobs, and digital interfaces – that the concept is possible.
Following COVID, the Great Resignation seemed to be calling the shots on who worked where. People were unanimously abandoning the office – and jobs, for that matter.
There are endless proponents of the new remote work paradigm. It’s better for work-life balance, they say. And better for autonomy, efficiency, and everything else for that matter.
However… no one really knows.
No one can really measure the results, output, or productivity of this massive tectonic workplace shift.
No one knows how it will impact the younger generation as they enter the ‘workplace’ – from their laptop, in their bedroom.
The celebs wade in…
This week, Elon Musk hit out (again) against remote work, calling it “morally wrong,” adding that “the laptop class is living in la-la land.”
Needless to say, Elon copped considerable flack for his comments…
Speaking of laptops, last month, ClearLink CEO James Clarke discovered that some of his remote staff had not opened their laptops in the last month. They had apparently “quietly quit.”
And back in August, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell made headlines when he shed a tear in an interview, saying it’s not in people’s “best interest” to work from home.
Humanity is stumbling around in the dark right now, trying to find the ‘new normal.’ The new social contract and work-life balance.
The problem is that people are trying to find the perfect solution, which in reality, doesn’t exist.
The real issue
However, I’m concerned that people are motivated by ease and convenience instead of ideals and outcomes. The best things in life usually come at some cost. Running marathons is hard, building startups is hard, getting a law degree is hard, and raising a family is hard. But they are often the most fulfilling and meaningful pursuits in life.
‘The obstacle is the way.’
I am concerned that the collective workforce is favoring an easy life instead of a full and fulfilling professional career.
There are many more questions than answers at this stage. But I can’t help but wonder if the motivation to work-from-home is for an easier life instead of a better outcome.
The question for your business
Are you embracing remote work?