In the United States alone, Covid has infected more than one million people.
Unemployment has skyrocketed to a staggering 20 percent, only five percent below the record number seen during the Great Depression. Many workers, however, have been able to maintain their employment status from a new office environment: home.
While Covid’s effect has been financially destructive, industries that have been able to pivot to a virtual existence might have felt a less brutal blow. Workplace Analytics estimated that more than half of all workers hold positions compatible with a remote workforce.
When restrictions are lifted and life—and work—go back to normal, what happens then? Has Covid irreversibly changed the way we handle business? Will the economy go virtual? Covid and its devastation have left even some of the world’s leading experts unable to predict the far-reaching consequences.
Work-from-home (or WFH) is, for now, how many industries and their workforce are surviving.
Here is a look at telecommuting before Covid…and after the pandemic wreaked havoc:
As the Covid lockdowns and shelter-in-place mandates continue, working from home will remain the status quo.
As these restrictions subside, some companies may elect to continue telecommuting while others welcome back business as usual. However, as the pandemic has forced many employers to embrace a virtual workforce, companies may decide that the cost savings is a great reason to redefine their definition of the office environment. The home office may be the new cubicle.