In biochemistry, an enzyme is a catalyst that speeds up a chemical reaction. Without it, the reaction would continue but at a dramatically slower pace. Pre-COVID-19, many companies slowly began shifting at least part of their workforce to remote positions. That reaction accelerated five years the moment SARs-CoV-2 appeared and instituted worldwide lockdowns. Almost overnight, companies spanning the globe raced to make work from home (WFH) the new way of conducting business. Meetings were held over Zoom, communications were conducted via instant messenger, and files were shared through Dropbox, Hightail, and other Saas applications.
As economies reopen in the wake of the pandemic, remote work will remain a permanent fixture. It is estimated that 70% of the workforce will be working remotely at least five days a month by 2025. Twitter and Ford have already announced that they will give employees the option to work from home permanently, and Citigroup recently announced plans for hybrid work.