One thing that working does not necessarily look like, however, is busy. After all, the only real way to tell if someone is working is by their results, and that’s how it should have been all along.
Constantly being “busy” is toxic for actual productivity.
See all of those giant companies with thousands of employees that are all “busy”? How much do they actually accomplish per person?
I’m very happy working at a two-person company. I’m able to do fulfilling, intellectual, challenging work in a great environment during the day, then go home and have a life outside of work.
The chances of doing that at a big company are close enough to zero that it’s not worth the risk.