The Wall Street Journal has assembled the views of some leaders on working from home and the value of an office
CEOs and other executives say they have seen enough to judge whether remote working works. But the verdict depends on who asks. The WSJ has brought together the views of some leaders on working from home and the value of an office.
“I don't see anything positive. Not being able to meet in person, especially at an international level, is a pure negative ". Reed Hastings, co-executive director of Netflix Inc.
“I don't think BlackRock will ever be 100% in attendance again. I actually think maybe 60% or 70%, and maybe it's a rotation of people, but I don't think we'll ever get a full picture of people in the office. " Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock Inc.
“We tried… it's not the same. The same quality of work cannot be achieved ”. Rajat Bhageria, CEO of the robotic startup Chef Robotics
“The demand and supply of office space can change significantly. Many people have learned that they can work at home, or that there are other methods of conducting their business than they might have thought from what they were doing a couple of years ago. When change occurs in the world, we adapt to it ”. Warren Buffett, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
“We are all adults and we have adapted to these new working realities. This will produce permanent changes in the way we all work. I'm getting my job done, and my colleagues too. That's not a problem for me".
Dana Canedy, editor of the flagship work of ViacomCBS Inc.'s Simon & Schuster publishing unit
“I don't know the future better than anyone else. I think getting back to work is a good thing. I think there are downsides to working from home… We have seen productivity decrease in certain jobs and increase in alienation in certain things. So we want to get back to working safely ”.
“In all fairness, it's not like being together physically. And so I can't wait for everyone to get back to the office. I don't think we'll go back to the way we used to because we've found that there are some things that work really well virtually ”.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
"The kind of unplanned interaction that contributes so much to how we build relationships with people and how we build culture, these are the things we are missing."
Andi Owen, CEO of furniture giant Herman Miller Inc.
"A general thought is starting to emerge from the executives saying: 'It will not be sustainable'".
Laszlo Bock, chief executive of human resources startup Humu and former head of human resources at Google
“It worries me that somehow you can somehow believe that you can take the college kids, put them in front of Zoom, and think that in three years, they'll still be as productive as if they've had the personal interaction [of the work in the offices] ".
Ronald J. Kruszewski, CEO of Stifel Financial Corp.
“We have adapted to work – from home – incredibly well. I had a philosophy that I want to hire the best and the brightest even if they work from another location, and now, ironically, we all work from another location. We have learned that we can work remotely, and now we can hire and manage a company remotely ”.
Heyward Donigan, chief executive officer of Rite Aid Corp.
“Even in the Seattle region, where we have kept many people at home, we are realizing that some people would prefer to have a workspace at work once the Covid-19 crisis is over, because they want a dedicated workspace with good network connectivity ".
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corp.
"I think we will be the most far-sighted company in remote work on our scale, for sure, but we will do it in a measured, thoughtful and responsible way, and in stages over time".
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook Inc.
"Most of us are not hermits … We need this social interaction, not only from a business point of view, but also from a personal development perspective."
Jim Fish, CEO of Waste Management Inc.
“What worries me most is innovation. Innovation is difficult to program, it is impossible to program ".
Ellen Kullman, CEO of 3D printing startup Carbon Inc.
"This won't change for quite some time … For the next six months, people will probably continue to live in their office."
Jimmy Etheredge, North American CEO for consulting giant Accent