Everyone says the workplace will never be the same post-coronavirus. That we don’t have to be at work to work. That Zoom is the new conference room. That work from home is the new normal.

I couldn’t disagree more.

One word: Productivity.

Our productivity working from home is not the same as when we actually have to put on pants, show up at the office and make decisions without being hungover. Not even close.

We have become a nation of slackers. All of us.

We are all milking the Covid cow big time. You know it. I know it. We all know it. So let’s cut the BS and get real. We’re operating at, what, 50% of normal productivity? 60%? 70%? Whatever. It’s bad.

Never mind the social implications or that decision-making is and will always be better face-to-face as I explained in Why Working From Home Will NOT Be the New Normal.

CEOs are not stupid. They can’t wait to get back to normal. No matter what they say publicly. Granted it’ll take time but mark my words; two, three years from now it’ll be like none of this ever happened.

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