With more people working remotely, many of us have experienced a video job interview or
conference interrupted by hungry kids demanding snacks or pets in the picture – punctuated by
doors slamming, people walking by and ice makers grinding in the background. Or perhaps worst
of all, technical problems. We all understand, of course, as we are working from home, too. Welcome
to the new world of remote work, pandemic style.
Before coronavirus hit, about 5 percent of U.S. employees reported primarily telecommuting, while
40 percent worked from home at least some of the time. Now, with the pandemic shuttering
workplaces, that figure has skyrocketed globally and will most likely continue to remain high in the