Indefinite. Or even permanent. These are words companies are using about their employees working from home.
It’s three months into a huge, unplanned social experiment that suddenly transported the white-collar workplace from cubicles and offices to kitchens and spare bedrooms. And many employers now say the benefits of remote work outweigh the drawbacks.
Tech companies Twitter and Facebook captured headlines with announcements aboutpermanent work from home. But the news from a 94-year-old company based in the heartland — Columbus, Ohio — may have been even more significant. Nationwide Insuranceis shutting five regional officessince remote work has gone off so smoothly during the pandemic. And thousands of employees will permanently ditch their commutes for home offices.