The concept of remote working is likely to continue beyond the COVID-19-induced lockdowns that saw more people working from home.
This is according to the McKinsey Global Institute, “The future of work after COVID-19” report, which notes that among some workers, COVID‑19 will be forever remembered as the virus that turned their homes into office spaces.
According to the consultancy firm, when the pandemic started, employees working remotely even part-time were few and limited largely to advanced Western economies.
“Working from home was primarily something done when a child was sick or a household repair person was at work,” says McKinsey.
That changed almost overnight as governments issued stay-at-home orders early in the pandemic, it notes.
“Legions of workers cleared off their kitchen counters and dining room tables to make room for laptops, screens and keyboards, while their employers scrambled to deploy digital tools to help them maintain the productivity they had in the office.”
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