Big Tech was first to send workers home. Now it’s in no rush to bring them back.
Tech’s titans set the agenda for U.S. employers in early March, sending staff to work from home as the coronavirus started to spread near their West Coast headquarters.
While this time has proven that workers can be productive from home, said Andrew Hargadon, professor of technology management at the University of California, Davis, there’s still value in being together in person, he said. Those accidental interactions in elevators and cafeterias or when grabbing coffee can still spark ideas.