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Picking a Lane: What Will Office Life Look Like?

With remote and hybrid work arrangements, workspaces can be almost anywhere, so companies are plotting their courses for how best to move forward.

It could be a bumpy ride.

A survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that when it came to executives, fewer than 1 in 5 preferred the pre-pandemic office model, but 13% wanted to nix the office completely. Of rank-and-file workers, 87% valued traditional office collaboration and relationship-building, and 55% wanted remote work at least three days per week.

Reports conflicted on which companies would require all employees to work on-site exclusively, but Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs and corporate consultant Ernst & Young were identified by one source as being among those who would. If that’s true, those companies might want to note a May nationwide survey indicating that 39% of employees might quit their jobs if not allowed to work remotely at least part of the time.

“High-five to them,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO at FlexJobs. “Remote work and hybrid are here to stay.”

One Michigan company has picked a lane that will keep employees in their home offices.

“Being 100% remote has allowed us to find talented team members from across the country that fit our company’s business needs while ensuring a good cultural fit,” said Sam Chuisano, chief operating office of LiquidGoldConcept in Ypsilanti. “For us, the ability to provide flexible schedules and cast a wider recruiting net has proven to far outweigh any challenges.”

Companies described as “remote” organizations include tech company Atlassian, domain seller GoDaddy and e-commerce platform Shopify.