A lot of people have realized that they are just as effective or even more effective working remotely. Clocking in from 9 to 5 is something dating back to the industrial revolution and assembly lines. Those days are over for a large swath of the workforce.
Most of the voices calling for people to return to the office are commercial real estate developers, control freaks or people who are in denial.
Remote work doesn’t mean you don’t get on a plane or in the car for important in-person meetings and sales pitches. You still need to break bread with co-workers and customers. There’s going to be some gray space.
The genie is out the bottle. Companies that require mandatory work from the office will see very high employee attrition in the next year.