The coolest firms are being the most restrictive
I want my home to be my home, not my office. Glad to primarily be back in the office, with the option to wfh if needed.
Nice short overview of what appears to mainly be some weird political or power based battle.
The science of productivity and "workplace wellbeing" (or if you like so, mental health at work) does not directly point towards the office being bad per se. It is rather that the way we designed offices and the workflow in major work spaces (i.e. open office plans, continuous availability for meetings, a lack of prolonged periods of distraction-less focus time) that is simply outdated.
One way or the other people have subconsciously (or hopefully consciously!) realised that the negative effects of these poor and outdated designs have outweigh their benefits - which is why the pressure for highest possible flexibility and work from anywhere is still on the rise.