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Technology: Remote Work Goes Mainstream

By Dick Weisinger

Covid forced companies to shift many or all of their employees into remote work-from-home positions. Even as Covid wanes, the landscape of work has changed dramatically over just a few years.

The results of some of the changes include:

  • 16 percent of companies now say that they are 100 percent remote
  • 77 percent of wrokers say that they can be more productive working from home
  • 85 percent of managers say that they think remote teams will become the new norm

A report from Enterprise Technology Research estimates that the number of workers working permanently from home has doubled in 2022. In general, workers enjoy the flexibility that working from home provides but often miss the opportunity of building relationships with co-workers in the officeplace.

Erik Bradley, chief engagement strategist at ETR, said that “the productivity metric is proving that remote work is working. So we all thought that there would be some increase in permanent remote work, but we didn’t expect that to double from pre-pandemic levels. There would be huge ramifications of this in a lot of areas, whether that is real estate, retail, restaurant or transportation.”

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