During the peak economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 40 million Americans filed unemployment claims. As the novel coronavirus wreaked havoc on every aspect of day-to-day life, countless businesses closed their doors—either temporarily or permanently—and laid off their workers. Many other businesses adapted in the face of the virus, closing their offices but staying operational thanks to their staff’s ability to work remotely.
As spring faded into summer, stay-at-home orders lifted, and some states began to reboot their economies. Now, following the biggest remote work experiment in our country’s history, we are beginning another experiment: a mass return to work set against the backdrop of the pandemic’s ongoing disruptions.
It is an uncertain and unprecedented time for businesses, and one that employers are approaching in different ways. In this white paper, we will examine how employers across multiple industries are handling the return to work and what their strategies could mean for the future of work.