Oh, remote work will endure. In software development, anyway.
The software industry has deteriorated sharply in the last decade or more, with anti-productive fads replacing focus and concentration, the foundation of good work. Agile, scrum, crap like that.
In my first job at Microsoft in 1989 I had one meeting per week, an hour or less; now a developer at Microsoft, or most anywhere, not only spends 20 or more hours a week in meetings, but he is interrupted constantly and never allowed to enter “the zone” (flow)
which was the basis of Microsoft’s long-lost greatness.
I will never work onsite ever again. I’ve worked from home since 2010 and would never work anywhere that began the day with an utterly pointless meeting, whether or not it was called a “daily scrum.”
And when the pandemic is over (don’t hold your breath) do you really think people are going to return to mind-numbing commutes to satisfy the anxieties of control-freak bosses who couldn’t “manage” a trip to the toilet?
To hell with that. Onsite? Take your job and shove it.