The back-to-work war shows the divide between employers and workers

  • Companies decide which pandemic-era changes will endure in how and where we work.
  • The back-to-work wars demonstrate a disconnect between some employers and employees.
  • Insider spoke with C-suite executives who shared why they’re embracing remote and hybrid work models.

In January 2020when the news of a mysterious


-like a virus crawling through the Eastern Hemisphere, Nancy Hauge, head of people experience at Automation Anywhere, wouldn’t have predicted that just months later, the coronavirus outbreak would force an overhaul of the operating model of people. HR in his organization.

According to data from Research bench. Hauge was among the HR leaders who facilitated this remote working revolution within his organization.

Despite describing 2020 as the most complex period of her career, Hauge came to a compelling conclusion at the end of the year. “What’s been most surprising about the pandemic is that social distancing has created more intimacy,” she said. “In many ways we are more connected than before.”

Remote work wars

More than two years into the pandemic, organizations are debating whether to reopen workplaces. A new Microsoft Report says about half of executives surveyed plan to end remote work next year.

Amazon, Google and accounting giant EY are among many companies asking employees to resume old commutes and return to work. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, made the headlines when he issued a memo telling employees to return to the office or “pretend to work somewhere else”. Meanwhile, employers like Atlassian, Coinbase, and Gusto are offering permanent remote or hybrid work options.

The back-to-work wars demonstrate a disconnect between employers and employees, as most remote workers say they prefer to work from home. A survey of over 3,000 employees by Blind, an anonymous employee community app, found that 64% of employers, including Amazon, Microsoft and Google, would rather work from home than receive a $30,000 raise.

Insider spoke with 10 industry leaders who shared why they’re embracing remote and hybrid working for the foreseeable future.

Responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.


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