Remote work also has expanded the recruiting pool for rival companies and technology firms, making employees with digital skills ripe for poaching by employers nationwide, Ms. Patterson said.
I keep telling my dad this. He used to own a small business and seems shocked at the possibility of long term work remote. "How do you know people are working?" It doesn't matter. If they aren't getting work done, who cares if it's because they're working 5 hours a day instead of 8 or working the full day but just poor performers? What if someone is doing great work and doing it in 5 hours? Is that so bad?
Companies able to make it work will have a bigger talent pool available. For myself, I have a few key criteria for anywhere I might live. Nowhere desert, for one. But if a company in Arizona said I could work remote, suddenly they become an option for me.