Most office workers became remote workers when social distancing measures put into place in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus dramatically changed the way we go about our days.

If that was you, over the last several months, you have had a taste of the long-touted benefits of remote work — no commute (a savings of nearly an hour a day for the average American, plus the cost of commuting) and flexibility. You may also be wrestling with the challenges of blurred lines between company time and personal time, and how to effectively collaborate with colleagues who are no longer down the hall.

Early on, these office-turned-remote workers may have put in longer hours and worked hard to show they were being productive in the changing environment. It’s temporary, they may have told themselves. “If layoffs might be coming, I need to prove myself now.”

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