The Death of Full-Time In-Office Work and the Rise of Tomorrow’s Corporate Titans

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
6 min readOct 11, 2023
Rise of Tomorrow’s Corporate Titans
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The traditional 9-to-5, suited-up office worker spending their days in a cubicle farm — that image is quickly fading into history. Full-time in-office work is dying, and the stake is being driven through its heart by the most innovative companies leading the future of business.

Small But Mighty

As we see in Scoop’s illuminating Q3 Flex Index report, smaller companies are leading the charge away from mandated office presence. An astonishing 76% of companies with under 500 employees now offer full work location flexibility or have gone fully remote.

And it’s not just in obvious fields like tech. Even excluding the tech industry, 59% of firms with under 500 staff have embraced flexible or remote work.

These statistics reveal a major shift in how the most agile, disruptive small businesses view office work compared to lumbering corporate giants. The flexible firms of today with just hundreds of staff are positioned to become the Amazons and Googles of tomorrow.

Just look at some examples. Fintech disruptors like Stripe and Chime have grown explosively while allowing remote work from the start. And Warby Parker shook up the eyewear industry with an innovative flexible model.

The most innovative thinkers recognize rigid office mandates cost money, hamper agility, and repel top talent. Offering work location flexibility allows small firms to punch above their weight — moving fast, running lean, and attracting the best.

As these scrappy companies grow from hundreds to thousands of staff, they ingrain flexibility into their culture. The data makes clear that full-time office work is dying — and the stake is being driven through its heart by the most disruptive small businesses destined to dominate the future.

The Hard Facts and Stats

The Q3 Flex Index data reveals clearly how work location flexibility is skyrocketing at these small but mighty companies — and provides a glimpse of the future of business:

  • 93% of companies founded after 2010 offer work location flexibility
  • 85% of non-tech firms started after 2010 offer…

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Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Expert in #hybridwork #remotework #cognitivebiases. CEO at Disaster Avoidance Experts. Write for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Time, Forbes.