Get back to work, or else… That is the message from companies across the board. The latest is Amazon, who just dismissed a petition from more than 30,000 workers objecting to their three-days-a-week-in-the-office policy.
The Wall Street Journal reports that hybrid work is back to the pre-pandemic level at around 16% percent on average, with higher values in technology and information work.
Software is a collaborative effort, and no amount of Zoom meetings and Slack channels will change that. For example, I once led a team dispersed in four different rooms. Even though we were all on the same floor, we were constantly behind schedule and delivering poor quality. When I finally managed to get us all in the same room, productivity and quality shot up.
As an IT leader, it is your job to create as much value as you can with the resources at your disposal. You are not doing your job if you shrink from your leadership responsibility and let your programmers work wherever they want.