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Managing a Virtual Workforce: Optimizing Employee Wellness

How to maintain employee safety and productivity

In the U.S., remote work has been on the uptick over the last decade. Prior to the pandemic, 43 percent of Americans occasionally worked from home. Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has driven even more people in that direction; 62 percent of employed Americans now work from home.

While employees essential to on-site business processes and those itching to return to a more structured environment will gradually return to work in the coming weeks, many workers will continue to stay home. According to a recent Gallup poll, 60 percent of U.S. workers who have been doing their jobs from home during the pandemic would prefer to continue to work remotely as much as possible, even as public health restrictions are lifted. In contrast, 41 perccent would prefer to return to their regular workplace or office.

This includes ensuring that both sets of workers remain productive, and physically and mentally healthy; and that communication, collaboration, and company culture remains strong despite disparate work locations. Business leaders will also have the hefty tasks of assigning compliance training on new, company-wide safety procedures and protocols, and managing this training for remote and in-office employees.

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