Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
When deciding to become a software engineer, I was met with naysayers asking why I would want to become a software engineer when my job is going to get outsourced overseas for half the price. Seven years later, companies in the Valley are still expanding and salaries are still growing. Now, in 2020, I hear that given the new normal, companies are going to realize that they do not need everyone in the office to be productive so the talent is going to leave the Valley. I agree that the majority of people are making the most of this situation. I for one have been very productive being able to work from home. Reflecting on this situation, I began to wonder what the best work structure would look like going forward. So far, we have tested out the extremes, the first being the “go–to the office every day” and the second being the “work from home every day”. I cannot help but imagine a situation in between where we go to the office 2/3 days a week would be the best–case scenario. This allows for the impromptu discussions, brainstorm sessions, and collaboration with colleagues. A space to host in-person meetings. As well as home office days without distractions and can’t forget to mention less exposure to the virus and traffic. Being a true local, a dying breed, I am hopeful for a vaccine or herd immunity to Covid-19 so that the Silicon Valley can still be where talent, ambition, and dreams intersect.
Given what the new normal may look like, the world is flat-ter than ever. It is easier than ever to take advantage of what the Silicon Valley has to offer from anywhere in the world. So, what is the new normal going to look like? Are we going to be working from home permanently? Will people move out of the overpriced Silicon Valley? Are we going to rely on Tinder for networking? Is the Silicon Valley losing its prowess? I would not bet against it but tune in next time, or in five years, to find out.
Zohaib “Zee” Khan, Cloud Services Engineer @ Swisscom Outpost, Palo Alto, California, US, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 30, 2020