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Hybrid Combines the Worst of Office and Remote Work

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Commit to the office, if that's what you want. Don't fiddle with this Machiavellian middle.

Credit: Matt Dodge

The honeymoon for remote work is over, and managers who never liked the concept to begin with are plotting its complete reversal, so that things may return to how they were before The Great Remote Experiment. This experiment convinced millions of employees of how much better life could be without a commute or even having to live by the office, but also left uneasy the legions of managers whose skills and mindsets were anchored in the office.

This reversal plot is know as hybrid work, and combines the worst of in-office and remote work worlds. The shrewd – but likely temporary – concession here is starting with three days in the office, two from home. Then once resistance has worn down, the last two days can be dropped, and a full-time office reality can once again reign supreme.

The hybrid arrangement kills many of the key benefits of remote work. Amazingly, hybrid also kills several key benefits of in-office work.

From David Heinemeier Hansson
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