The post-coronavirus world could see more employees working from home

Apr 7, 2020 by

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A new study says more people will likely emerge from coronavirus pandemic as new remote workers.

The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could sharply increase the number of people who work from home after it subsides, according to a new analysis.

Researchers at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, which had been monitoring the practice even before the crisis, said businesses have been forced to find a way to make remote work succeed.

“Surveys have shown that a lot of employers are opening up more to telecommuting,” said Liz Farmer, a fiscal policy expert who authored the study. “Others who hadn’t or wouldn’t have considered it or were worried that production might drop, they have now been forced to let their employees work from home.”

The result is more once-skeptical business owners may embrace remote work as well as monitoring remote employees, the study found.

In 2005, 3.6% of the American workforce did their jobs remotely. By 2010, that had jumped to 4.3% and then 5.3% in 2018, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey analyzed by the Rockefeller Institute.

The pandemic should push that number even higher as the business environment evolves quickly in the aftermath of the crisis, Farmer said.

Most states are now enforcing rules that prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people and non-essential businesses from operating.

Stay-at-home orders were a direct response to the quickly escalating crisis and the rising death toll in the United States and across the world.

“This has become a forced experiment,” Farmer said.

Some tech companies in Orlando have complied with stay-at-home orders by enhancing remote work capabilities.

Source: The post-coronavirus world could see more employees working from home, analysis says – Orlando Sentinel

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