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A Year Of Working Remotely: The Benefits, Drawbacks, And Potential Long-term Impacts

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About a year ago, as the country entered a state of emergency due to the pandemic, offices shutdown - in some cases, seemingly overnight.

Those who could transfer work to their homes, set up laptops in their dining rooms, living rooms, or areas with some amount of quiet.

For many -- although at first a necessity for safety reasons -- the change has become a preference, with some unexpected benefits, including a steep decline in commuting.

It appears more emphasis on remote work is here to stay. Some research shows productivity actually increased in certain sectors. Among the downsides: Those improvised work spaces may not be designed with ergonomics in mind, leading to physical problems. Some question whether collaborative creativity suffers. And many whose jobs could not go remote have been left behind, widening existing economic divides.

Air date: March 18, 2021

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