I dread returning to the office. It offers me nothing at all. From the office I must put up with interruptions, distractions, and annoyances. I'm one of the few in that minority you spoke of, Steve, that totally love WFH and don't want to ever work in the office again. I'm so glad to not have the hellaciously long commute I did when I had to go to the office. When I'm in the office I don't go to see anyone. No one comes to see me unless they want to interrupt me, sometimes with pointless questions. All meetings I attend are virtual and have been for 5+ years. And it's even more so now because we've got team members living on the opposite side of the US from us, so all meetings must be virtual out of necessity. I will say that I'm fortunate not to have young children, so don't have to put up with that frustration that I'm sure many here do. And that makes it easier for me to say that I'm quite happy WFH, permanently.
But I'm not so naïve that I think it will always be WFH indefinitely. What I do hope they'll do is open new offices nearer where I live. And for me it has the added advantage that I'm not having to work in what has felt like a sardine office cubical environment next to support techs, who are on the phone constantly, etc. I've heard that some companies are considering haivng satellite offices, by getting rid of some of the office spaces they currently have. I imagine that would be especially attractive to high rent office spaces, such as in NYC and Silicon Valley. Why not open satellite offices around, closer to where people live?
I know that this is off topic, but I'm wondering how businesses like the state department I work for, will handle things like pensions and so on, with the changing work environment? I realize this off topic, but it is a consequence of the changing workplace/space. The state I live in has had a pension for its state, county and municipal employees since this state became a state, over a hundred years ago. So, they basically recruit from local talent, obviously. But this pandemic has opened management's eyes to hiring outside of the state. Currently that out of state talent is all-contract workers, but I can see that evolving into permanent, full time employees. How do you offer pensions to someone living 1500 miles away? Especially, given the fact that our cost of living is, relatively speaking, so much lower than in many other places? I'm sorry to go so off the rails here. I do think that we're living in unexpectedly disruptive times, which I don't think we've even seen how disruptive it will be. It's both extremely exciting and scary at the same time.