So the New York Times ran an article about the fact that people are showing reluctance to go back to work.

I predicted this in a video I filmed last May about some of the major trends we might anticipate going forward.

As we start to enter the next, new phase of our post-pandemic world, what happens when people don’t want to back to the office? What happens with those who like their new space? Expect this question to dominate the world of HR, future trends, leadership, and all kinds of other topic areas in the months and years to come!

In my own case, I started working from home a long, long time ago, and I’ve been here for 31+ years. For me, it’s about lifestyle, freedom, flexibility. Lots of other people have discovered this.

I hit my home virtual broadcast and filmed a piece about trends to watch going forward – one of which was I call Workback Pushback. It’s real, it’s going to be huge, and it’s going to be challenging!

This clip was part of a whole series What trends are worth watching as we start to enter an eventual weird, post-Covid economy? How do you distinguish real trends from fads? What really matters? It’s part of my “Ask a Futurist” video series.

I covered a lot of stuff – fad trends like NFT (nonfungible tokens), Clubhouse and meme-investing which are all over the news, leading to the first real trend I’m watching – the acceleration of “FOMO” – Fear of Missing Out!

This chart pretty much sums up that world:

Then I get into some of the real trends that I think are worth looking at, including the emergence of the Chief Resilience Officer, digital twin technology, hospitals at home, lifecycle shrinkage, post-Covid medicine, the relationship economy, space repurposing, work back pushback, and the surplus surprise!

If you want to watch real trends – not hyped trends – this video is for you!

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