Remote work was growing fast, then Covid-19 blew gasoline on the fire.
So here we all are, thrown into the Remote Work Pool to sink or swim. I've been dog-paddling nicely for over a decade, have worked dozens of fulltime jobs and contracts, doing both straight out full stack developer work and delving into the dark arts of content marketing and Hubspot implementation. But I have some news for recently remoted people: Your offices have gone away, and it's not coming back. In Marin County, California, where our statewide Stay At Home Order has no expiration date, and my county's Shelter in Place order is expected to extend at least to the end of May, this is the new normal. In other states who are reopening, I hope they all do well, although that's not what the science says will happen. If you think that just in another week or two everything will go back to the way it was, your pain has deluded you. Want proof? Look no further than a study of 11,000 job postings at We Work Remotely, done by a fully-remote company FYI. FYI lives and breaths remoteness: BC (Before Covid19) they pulled together 204 Remote Statistics, which also made the case that Remote was the wave of the future. Remote is the way life now goes; the coronavirus has made that fact abundantly, inescapably clear.
The Future, dimly perceived.
For more years than I care to count, I've lived by the aphorism, "Nothing is more practical than a good theory." I picked it up I think reading Alvin Toffler, a futurist who got right 40 years ago so much of what we now accept as our normal, everyday existence. We have a new normal, not like the old normal now, and we are all going to have to learn how to thrive in it.