I know I speak for many when I say that this year has demanded more flexibility than we were willing to give and took things we weren’t ready or willing to surrender.

For our family, kindergarten looked nothing like the magical, PBJ-covered experience we hoped to give our son and instead consisted of laptop-centric remote learning and mask-enforced, socially distanced everything. We mourned the loss of time with grandparents, spontaneous gatherings with friends, and a general sense of normalcy where libraries were open, trips to the grocery store were easy, and the airport did not resemble a scene from “Outbreak.”

It was about this time last year I announced at our all-team meeting we would be shifting our fully remote workforce to “partially remote,” or at least I think that’s how I framed it. We were growing, more people were working out of the office, and in an effort to continue strengthening our culture I thought it would be a good idea to “ask” our FTE’s to be in the office two days each week and our PTE’s one day. The announcement was met with mixed emotions, to say the least, and then a few weeks later the whole world shut down.