“Why are we committed to requiring people be physically present in the office if many workers report being more productive while working from home? Why do we insist on keeping video on during Zoom meetings, which causes fatigue? Why do we make people sit at desks all day when the human body simply was not biologically engineered to sit for eight-plus hours at a time?”
So much this. The 40 hour work week, where you go to an office and sit for five days in a row with two days off is, in the grand scheme of human history, a relatively new thing. It also assumes a lot about people and how they must shape themselves into that mold. I think a lot of companies have learned over the past two years (and just as many have turned a blind eye) to how productive and how well folks can work when you trust them and let them make their own schedule. This of course is thinking primarily about knowledge work and there are lots of folks who aren't working in that type of field.