Remote work is still pretty unevenly distributed. A lot of companies haven’t adopted it heavily yet.
There are a lot of reasons for this—people feel like they need a team environment, they think it’s easier to address issues within the office, they worry about accounting issues.
The adoption curve for remote work is actually similar to the adoption curve for the internet itself.
Online retail didn’t take off right away. People used to want to buy something in person and look someone in the eye to see if they could trust them. Buying something online felt uncomfortable. Now, it’s second nature to most of us.
For some people, hiring someone they’ve never met in person feels strange. But at the same time, there’s a massive, growing wave of remote work.
The growth of remote is inevitable. Work shifts and adjusts to underlying economics. For the same reason that it was inevitable that people would move to cities to find work, it’s now inevitable that companies will have to embrace remote to attract workers.
Just like the adoption of the internet itself, remote will continue to grow. Ten years from now, we’ll look back at people who said, “I don’t think remote work is for me,” in the same way we look back at people who said, “I’m not sure about the whole internet thing.”