The COVID-19 pandemic means that remote work, telework and working from home are the new norm for millions of typically office-bound or travel-heavy American workers.Concerns about contagion have brought about travel bans, self-quarantines and a pause for in-person gatherings, including office work, as curbing these group events is an effective way to limit or slow the spread of viruses.

For many American workers, this is their first time working from home and/or managing a remote team. Those who are fortunate enough to take their jobs remote and keep working are also dealing with the mental and emotional stress of the pandemic, such as watching over children who aren’t physically in school, caretaking for elderly family members, seeing their hours or salary reduced, and more.

Telework transition
It’s still too early to tell how the many aspects of the pandemic will play out, but for those companies keeping the lights on by converting to a virtual workforce, it’s safe to say that communicating cultural values and recognizing employees for their contributions are more important than ever.

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