The Overton Window of Employment

There is a range of acceptable employer policies that ranges from unthinkable to popular. During the COVID-19 pandemic, previously radical employment policies such as work-anywhere became sensible and then accelerated in popularity.

We can see the window is shifting again today. Employees are being forced to return to the office or be fired. There are mass layoffs at profitable tech companies, reductions in benefits, pausing promotions, and cutting bonuses. We are even beginning to see relaxing child labor restrictions.