Debate over remote working has erupted since the announcement that Yahoo! will be suspending it, with reactions ranging from Richard Branson’s assertion that it shows outdated thinking, to rebuttals arguing it is the right call for Yahoo!’s specific situation (and if employees don’t like it, they should quit).

Companies, and the employees that comprise them, often fall in love with predictability of day-to-day operating procedures, standards, norms, values, and channels for communicating that may remain stable for extended periods. But how people interact with each other and systems changes over time as employees and the leadership team are replaced. That process will invariably take the company’s culture in a different direction.