Big Tech lost the WFH battle, newsrooms should give in too

What's New in Publishing 11 Aug 2021 07:30

Less meetings, more emails and audio

The return to the office has been suspended so many times we should simply accept the home office as the new normal

After 17 months of the coronavirus pandemic few things seem as normal as working from home. The shift to the home office has been a recurrent topic also for newsrooms, journalists and media managers.

During the summer many companies were preparing a return to office due to high levels of vaccinations. It is kind of a déjà vu from last year when leaders announced plans for employees to return and had to scramble them as another wave hit.

As last year, also this summer the Big Tech companies were the first to put returns on hold.

Bloomberg recently reported that tech companies have over the last few weeks pushed back their return plans because of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Uber, Lyft, and others shifted their timelines again, some delayed the returns until October, others till January. Some like Facebook or Dropbox accepted that work from home is here to stay and are putting new longterm rules in place.

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