The employees who return to the office after a year of remote work aren't the employees their bosses remember.
They have spent over a year adjusting to a radically different rhythm — both in terms of work and their personal lives. They have shifted their working hours, and learned to manage their own tasks without oversight. They may place more value on their family time or personal priorities, and perhaps been forever changed by a loss or health concerns. After a year of working in solitude, many have come to expect more control over how, when and where their work gets done, and to have greater autonomy relative to their managers and organizations.
They may not even feel like they need a whole lot of managing anymore.
— The Wall Street Journal