For the past several years, remote work has been high on the list of coveted employee benefits. In fact, as Fast Company previously reported, 99% of respondents to a 2019 Buffer survey want to work remotely at least part of the time for the rest of their careers, and 67% of respondents to a survey by Staples would quit if their workplace became less flexible.
Now many employees who are able to work from home—28.8% of wage and salary workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—have been asked to work remotely, they’re faced with an imperfect reality. Many are understandably fearful about COVID-19, as well as its economic and labor market impact. They may be trying to figure out the best tools to allow them to work from home, especially if they’ve never done so before. And, in some cases, they’re confined to houses or apartments with family members, children, or roommates who have their own work or school demands.