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Omicron looms over next year with changing plans galore

A bit of a bummer before the holiday break – CNBC is reporting how any return to the office dates is useless.      Nick Bloom, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor who researches remote work.  says CEOs should scrap any plans to bring workers back to offices in January and communicate that they’ll revisit the idea mid-month after the holiday travel season. From there, if low Covid caseloads and transmission rates permit it, they might consider reopening in early February with an optional return and scale up to a full return through the end of March.

Bill Gates canceled his holiday plans, citing that close friends of his have COVID-19.     I’ve also linked to a NextGov article on overall sentiment for holiday travel.

Of course, more data saying you’re not getting workers back in the office anyway.   A recent Microsoft survey found that UK techies felt even stronger about the issue. This survey found that over half of the employees would consider quitting if you forced them back into the office.    The Future Forum Pulse survey found that IT workers in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan all had one thing in common: Most want to work at least part of the time remotely. To be precise, 75% want flexibility in where they work, while 93% want flexibility when they work. Why? The top reason: “Better work-life balance.”   Those pulled from ZDNet.  

Adding to this, CES is turning out to be a concern.   T-Mobile, Amazon, Meta, Twitter, Pinterest, and iHeartRadio have all announced they won’t attend, and tech publications like The Verge, CNET, Engadget, TechCrunch, TechRadar, and Tom’s Guide.    All due to Omicron concerns.

Why do we care?

I did security bummer news yesterday and COVID bummer news today.    This is the last day of news coverage for this pod, and so take the time of the holiday season to recharge… and stay safe… because 2022 looks to be turbulent.     I’m left thinking a lot about marathon runners… because this is a marathon, not a sprint.