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By Justin Fox
A lot of things can be expected to go back to normal once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Restaurants, cruise ships and resort towns will be packed again. Spending on home improvements will subside.
Since early last spring, though, many people have been speculating that the workplace will never be the same. The success of the great experiment in working from home during the pandemic has made it much clearer that many of the things we do in offices can be done just as well or better while working remotely and communicating electronically. And because a lot of the best jobs in recent decades have been concentrated in crowded, expensive cities, this could provide an opportunity for workers to relocate to places where life is simpler and real estate cheaper.
The extent of this permanent shift remains anybody’s guess. But views about it are becoming better informed as time passes, and two recent releases of survey data offer a fascinating compilation. They express a consensus that a lot more work will be done remotely in the future, but also reveal some potential conflicts over how that will play out.
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