In 10 Years, ‘Remote Work’ Will Simply Be Work

Henry Ren 15 de febrero de 2022, 12:27 GMT-4 (Bloomberg)

A decade from now, offices shall be used for one thing and one thing only: quality time with colleagues.

This seemingly bold prediction comes from Prithwiraj Choudhury, a Harvard Business School professor and expert on remote work.

“We will probably in 10 years stop calling this ‘remote work’. We’ll just call it work,” he said.

A long-time advocate of “work from anywhere,” Choudhury has studied firms that went 100% remote years before the pandemic, including software companies Gitlab Inc. and Zapier Inc. His research showed that a hybrid workforce is more productive, more loyal and less likely to leave. With companies from Twitter Inc. to PwC now giving employees the option to work virtually forever, Choudhury said businesses that don’t adapt risk higher attrition.

Choudhury spoke with Bloomberg journalists remotely from Boston last week. Following are excerpts from the conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity.

Is there anything on remote work that the media has seriously missed or gotten wrong?

Remote work is often pitched as something that employees want and employers don’t. My research has showed that this is a win-win. For employees, it’s great to work from anywhere because you can move to a cheaper location. You can live where you want to.

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