The COVID-19 pandemic drove employees and companies all over the world to experiment with remote work, which helped them assess its feasibility and value as an ongoing arrangement. Many employees are certainly finding it beneficial, according to a team of researchers, Chicago Booth’s Steven J. Davis among them, that conducted a survey in 27 countries in mid-2021 and early 2022 and 34 countries in April and May 2023 of mostly highly educated workers. The results reveal a large, favorable, and pervasive shift in perceptions about working from home—one that has led to an expansion in remote work and that the researchers believe will stick even after the pandemic ends.

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