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The work-from-home technology boon

April 18, 2021

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, a radical shift occurred in how much people worked from home. Almost overnight, the majority of white-collar workers began working from their kitchen tables, garages, and home offices to avoid the risk of getting the virus and to comply with stay-at-home measures. While employers perceive the productivity of working from home (WFH) to be lower than productivity of work at the office in normal times (Bartik et al. 2020, Morikawa 2021), social distancing reduced the productivity of work at the office so drastically that WFH became more productive by comparison.
While initially viewed as a stopgap measure, as the pandemic dragged on both employers and employees grew accustomed to WFH and now expect a permanent increase in the

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