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Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Telecommuting

Working in these unprecedented times has brought major adjustments to our everyday routines. With the requirements of social distancing and the shelter in place order, employers today are urged by government guidelines to maximize telework opportunities for the safety of their employees. Many organizations have transitioned to working remotely in the midst of this pandemic, which occurred much more smoothly than many expected. COVID-19 has made telecommuting the new normal in our society. About half of the U.S. workforce is now working remotely, an increase from 23.7% in 2018. A recent survey reported that 74% of organizations are expecting some form of work-from-home opportunities after the crisis. A Gartner Group survey found that 25% of companies plan to have 20% of their employees maintain teleworking post COVID-19. Although the effects from the coronavirus are deeply felt throughout the world, people are realizing that there are benefits to working from home. Allowing employees to work from home proposes several advantages for companies, such as saving costs on commercial real estate. In addition, employees feel happier and more satisfied with the flexibility. Studies have shown that those who work remotely are 22% happier with their employment than those who do not have that option. This results in an increase in loyalty to the company and employee retention, while decreasing turnover and absenteeism. Despite all the negativity that has surfaced due to the coronavirus, the future of telecommuting will help companies continue to grow.


Data was collected from Forbes, ZD Net, Brookings, and Business2Community.