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More employees are seeking permanent remote work options due to the pandemic. Here's how businesses can adapt.

Added 10-08-20 09:14:03am EST - “Remote work trends are likely here to stay and be influential in the future of work even after the pandemic ends.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “More employees are seeking permanent remote work options due to the pandemic. Here's how businesses can adapt.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

While major corporations furloughing workers and declaring bankruptcy tends to get the biggest headlines, our culture's dramatic shift to working from home is the true breakout business story from this pandemic. The transition has certainly had its share of ups and downs, but rapidly growing acceptance indicates this is a trend that is almost certainly going to shape the future of work. 

While COVID-19 restrictions caused an abrupt shift, working from home was already accelerating. Research from FlexJobs in February found that the number of people in the United States who worked from home grew by an astounding 159% between 2005 and 2017.

Much of this growth can be attributed to freelancing. UpWork's Freelancing in America 2019 survey found that the number of Americans who did freelance work grew from 53 million to 57 million between 2014 and 2019. Younger generations were especially likely to participate, with 40% of millennials and 53% of Generation Z contributing to the gig economy.

Technology that enabled remote work certainly played a major role, but so did attitudes toward the workplace in general. Flexibility in hours and location, in particular, are viewed as a major benefit that was already driving this transition.

Still, the pandemic brought about a transformation that had never been seen before. A survey by Global Workplace Analytics in April found that 97% of North American office employees worked from home for more than one day per week, even though 67% had not participated in remote work previously.

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