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When everyone can work from home, who goes back to the office?

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  • Lila MacLellan
By Lila MacLellan

Quartz at Work reporter

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Behold a twist in the tale of remote work that no one saw coming: Now that coronavirus lockdowns are ending region-by-region around the world, some people may need to convince their bosses to let them stop working from home.

Office employees have spent years fine-tuning the argument in favor of work-from-anywhere policies, and publications including this one have shared countless posts with advice for winning over a skeptical boss. Now the coronavirus pandemic may turn the whole debate upside down.

Thatโ€™s assuming more companies follow the example of Cloudflare, the cyberprotection and web infrastructure company, which plans to comply with social-distancing guidelines by reopening with just a fraction of its employees working in person at its 13 offices around the world. The company will decide who goes back first by reviewing petitions to do so.

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