It’s unsurprising that the transition to remote work has been so difficult. Most companies lacked adequate systems and policies to respond to the sudden, urgent need to move people off-site. There’s a simple reason for that.“We spent the last 120 years learning how people can be productive in an office,” explains Hiten Shah, an entrepreneur and adviser to remote-work companies.
Most businesses still learnthat remote work is different, says The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. And while the percent of the U.S. labor force working from home has tripled in the last fifteen years, most workers were not adequately prepared for this change, either.