Do You Really Need An HQ?

Chief Executive

Hybrid offices are challenging old assumptions and putting CHROs at the middle of a revolution in how we work.

Over drinks on a recent rainy, early-Fall evening in Soho, the chief executive of a rapidly growing tech firm was debating the merits of leasing office space for a new global headquarters in Manhattan with an executive from a major stock exchange. Her company’s business was surging thanks to the peculiarities of the pandemic economy and large customers such as Amazon, and she had been on a hiring spree, snapping up tech workers in San Francisco, New York and Tel Aviv. The growth had translated into globe hopping travel for her as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to get everyone together in one place? But was it worth the price? And did anyone besides her actually want it?

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