Officially, the COVID-19 emergency is over. It was an era that changed things: Entrepreneurship surged, Wi-Fi access expanded and months of CDC-recommended remote work turned into a new workplace model that most companies wouldn’t have dreamed of implementing in the Before Times.
Today, about one-third of US workers who can work remotely work from home five days a week or more (full remote), according to a Zippia report. More than 80% say they prefer to work for a company that offers remote work at least some of the time, citing quality-of-life reasons like less commuting, cost savings and more time with family.
In 2021, when offices were easing back into in-person work days, a rotating hybrid model was often simply a COVID safety measure to ensure social distancing. Companies that fully adopted a hybrid workplace as their model were innovators: Today, about three-quarters of US companies have or are planning to implement a hybrid model.
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