According to a Gallup poll, 50% of Americans who now work remotely said they want to continue doing so even after restrictions on business are lifted.
A new study by Erik Brynjolfsson, at MIT, and five other economists, dig into the numbers on remote work. They conducted two major surveys in April and May, that coincided with the Gallup poll, and they find that about half of the entire American workforce is now remote, which is higher than previous estimates.
That bears repeating: half of the entire workforce is now working remote. In the words of Brynjolfsson, “this portends a much bigger shift in the economy.”
The age of remote working is here, this offers unique opportunity for both the employee and the business. As traditional work arrangements evolve to include remote teams, companies can garner the best talent, regardless of their location, while also providing their clients with more comprehensive support coverage. This arrangement can also enhance the lives of individuals that prefer or require a more flexible schedule, like parents, individuals with the inability to work during traditional hours, and those seeking to shorten their commute.
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Additional Articles and Insights
What If Working From Home Goes on … Forever?
“The coronavirus crisis is forcing white-collar America to reconsider nearly every aspect of office life. Some practices now seem to be wastes of time, happily discarded; others seem to be unexpectedly crucial, and impossible to replicate online. For workers wondering right now if they’re ever going back to the office, the most honest answer is this: Even if they do, the office might never be the same.”
Full Story: New York Times
Prepare to continue remote work indefinitely
“Normal” might mean working remotely for a while longer, so founders should think about what that will look like for their startup, writes Jason Aten. Consider how to serve customers away from the office while supporting employees.
Full Story: Inc.com
Remote work will be forever changed post-COVID-19
In a future that’s rife with uncertainty, one thing is clear: The work landscape after the coronavirus will be different from now on.
Full Story: TechRepublic
Is Remote Work Here To Stay?
A large number of blue-chip companies — including Twitter and Facebook — have said that they are freeing all or many of their employees to become roving nomads forever. Companies are now realizing remote work is less scary than they had imagined and that it’s actually making them more efficient and productive.
Full Story: NPR
Work From Home Forever? Big Tech Is Divided on That
Facebook and Twitter have embraced remote work in the age of Covid-19. Microsoft offers a worthy counterpoint. Even as some executives extol its virtues, other tech leaders aren’t so sure, opening a growing divide inside the industry over the future of work. It’s a worthy debate.
Full Story: Bloomberg.com
List of companies letting people work from home forever
Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 56% of U.S. workers have jobs that are at least partially compatible with working remotely. Driving the perma-adaption are managers’ realization that people aren’t slacking off (and, in fact, are sometimes working longer than in the past), financial savings for the employees who no longer have commuting costs or the need to buy lunch, environmental benefits, and decreased spending on real estate and office overhead for employers.
Full Story: Fast Company
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