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Coronavirus or not, working from home is ‘here to stay’

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Elana Feldman Assistant Professor of Management Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Working from home will likely be part of the new normal for many employees when the state reopens, according to a group of local business leaders.

“I think it’s here to stay,” Rekha Chiruvolu, director of diversity and inclusion at the law firm Nixon Peabody in Boston, said Thursday during a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce webinar.

“I think this has shown a lot of organizations that it is doable, that we don’t necessarily need that face time component all the time,” Chiruvolu said. “There are different ways to connect, alternative ways. Technology has enabled that.”

In a recent study, 54 percent of Americans said they wanted to continue working from home after the coronavirus pandemic ends. And a separate, nearly 2-year Stanford University study found that could benefit both workers and employers.

The Stanford study found that telecommuters worked a full shift or more each day and said they found it less distracting and easier to concentrate at home.

Attrition decreased by 50% among the work-from-home employees, the study found, and they took shorter breaks, had fewer sick days and took less time off.

Their company also saved nearly $2,000 per employee on rent by reducing the amount of office space it used.One cautionary finding was that more than half of the telecommuters said they would not want to work from home 100 percent of the time because they felt too much isolation.Mary Kelly, vice president of corporate […]

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