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I think it will be hybrid and then transition to full time once people become comfortable working in the office. I’ve enjoyed wfh at times and I get why people with kids enjoy wfh more but I think that junior employees should be in the office once it’s safe because wfh is pretty miserable when you don’t know anyone, can’t easily go to someone’s desk and ask questions or network/build camaraderie. Plus you sometimes just need to get out and interact with people and not be trapped in a tiny apartment

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PM1, your points make sense and a hybrid environment is also something I would prefer but I feel a perma wfh position is something that is not ideal for young people early in their careers. Most entry level consultants spend 80% of their waking hours at work (separate topic on whether it’s necessary) but in such situations being with other people helps reduce the feeling of burnout / stress rather than sitting alone at home. Secondly, you need to be able to grow your professional network to be successful in consulting. For mid-senior level people, this has already been achieved. For juniors, the only way to get this is by meeting more people at work, getting involved in more things and finding their areas of expertise/interest. How do you do this sitting at home only talking to your project team? Finally, a lot of the initial growth comes from just seeing others work. I learned a lot more from the offhand conversations between partners or between partners and clients than I did in meetings I led. Now all of those interactions occur 1:1 and I spend my day either alone or having meetings where I lead / have to learn by someone giving feedback.

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Many folks In Deloitte feel in person interaction and more client facing will help our business grow. I have a feeling by the end of this year most will be back to the office at least 1/2 of the week if not more. In Gps we have already been with a lot of our clients. I think the firm will support a hybrid model but I think the pressures of missing out on in person conversations, access to leadership and promotion opportunities will pull even the ones who want to be at home, back to the office.

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I love it when tensions rise

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Thank god. I despise WFH

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I know companies that even pre-COVID had roles that were remote, including some executive level roles as well. I don’t think I buy this panic news one bit. Jamie Dimon and his ilk (that bald head from GS) are just control freaks, old school mentality types who want puppies to frolic around them all day long

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If only we could treat people like individuals, with varying personal opinions and preferences, as opposed to homogeneous groups. In this context, why not let individuals decide where they want to work? Wouldn’t this approach maximize job satisfaction and productivity?

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Ain’t that the truth, K1

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Me when they want me to come back to the office

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EY's estimating on average 2 days from home. I'm happy with that

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40% sounds like travel every 2 weeks

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Ready to suit up and get on planes again. Just need to drop a few pounds in the interim.

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I think the majority of corporate jobs will be some hybrid model of sorts

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