The rush to remote work driven by the COVID-19 pandemic may well have been the fastest and most widespread workforce "migration" in history, catching many companies unprepared and scrambling to adapt. Although tech companies have long utilized distributed teams to develop their systems and solutions, the scale and velocity of the change was a shock even to them. And just as we began to drift back to a kind of normalcy, the delta variant dashed many back-to-the-office plans. Apple, for example, which had already pushed its initial return to work date to September, pushed back its timeline again, telling its worldwide workforce that they won’t be required to return to their respective offices until early next year.
In this podcast, John talks with writer and tech-sector maven Tom Fenton about these trends. Tom's session, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Rush to Remote Work," was recently featured in a Converge360 online summit, which John moderated.