By John Hackston | April 8, 2020

It will be weeks and maybe months before the COVID-19 crisis slows to the point where we can return to business as usual. In the meantime, companies have to buckle down and adjust to remote operations. Organizations that may not even have considered letting a significant portion of their employees work from home are now being forced to adjust to having to operate with the majority of their staff operating remotely.

Many employees, of course, have already been working from home, and many more have been wanting to for quite some time. However, many workers who do not want to work from home–and even a significant portion of those who want to–may find that it’s not exactly what they anticipated. In fact, lots of those who would normally enjoy it may find it to be oppressive under the current circumstances where the normal social activities that counter-balance the solitude of remote work have been put on hold–in some states under penalty of fines or imprisonment. And for everyone, the sudden and unplanned shift to remote working means that many who relied on the natural work/life boundaries of office life may fall into the ‘always-on’ trap, where work and life are blurred.

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