This is a tragic repercussion of social distancing from CoVid with the concurrent increased amounts of remote work.
Remote work isn't new. There are plenty of vocations which are naturally remote: firewatcher, offshore drilling, prospecting, farmer, cattle driver, sheepherder. Individuals with high dopamine sensitivity have historically gravitated towards dangerous, isolating endeavors. Studies found the wanderlust gene to be more frequent in individuals who have migrated the furthest.
However, most of these jobs, if not all, have increased levels of productivity in groups. It also makes the work more bearable. But this new remote work today isn't "pioneering" in the sense that workers are venturing where they haven't been before. They absolutely have been there before, their/they're home! Remote workers are able to hide from coworkers they don't like, as well as collaborative work despite the use of webcams, phones, and whatever other extrasensory devices might be employed.
Then there is the true productivity of remote work. This professor makes a point that environment influences your level of engagement. How studying in your bedroom is a terrible is idea. This is why eating where you evacuate yourself (lavatory) is a bad idea. There's work and there is play. Home is where the majority of play is for most people. Some may like the convenience of doing reduced work at home, but it leaves a lot of work left undone on site. Even with a study in your home, it may not compare to the competitive environment created by being surrounded by coworkers who have eyes on your behavior.
Elon Musk may treat women horribly, and may be the embodiment of what many on this site despise, but that doesn't make this decision wrong, whatever the true intention is behind it.