This is an almost direct match for my current experience. Although the study mostly covered my US colleagues and there is a considerable amount of additional entropy involved in my current role and timezone span, it is extremely accurate.
Longer hours and 30-minute meetings, in particular, have in fact become the new norm. And I found it highly amusing that my “Swiss cheese” analogy made the story.
What the piece doesn’t cover is the loss of productivity (and burnout) that comes from constant context-switching and the massive amount of synchronous “face time” we keep getting pulled in to on account of the novelty (and reassurance of having attention) that video calls provide.
Again, remote was great until everyone else joined in and turned it into an “Eternal September” of short video calls and calendar battleships.