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A substantial portion of the American population is still working from home after four full months. Interestingly, many people find that they like the idea, and a number of U.S. companies have decided that many of their employees will continue to work from their homes for the foreseeable future. Several weeks ago, for example, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that a huge percentage of his employees can work from home permanently. Other companies, including Facebook, made similar announcements. Is working from home the future of American industry?

As it turns out, a majority of American workers favor staying home. A company called Fluent that conducts polls of American workers, found that 59 percent of workers polled prefer to continue working from home indefinitely. Of those workers, 62 percent of men want to stay home and 57 percent of women agree. A whopping 73 percent say they do not know how their companies would be able to bring everyone back into the workplace. This has to do with health concerns, as well as how many workplace interiors compel people to work closely together in close quarters.

If companies decide to keep their employees at home indefinitely, there are financial issues to grapple with. First, many people would need to be able to establish a home office, which costs money to set up. Some of the bigger corporations are providing assistance in that regard. Google, for example, alots stay-at-home employees a stipend of $1000 to establish a home office. But at the same time, some companies are considering allowing their employees to work from home indefinitely, but some of them will have to agree to a reduction in salary. Another poll found that 44 percent of workers would agree to a 10 percent reduction in salary for the privilege of working from home, but an equal number would object to a cut in pay.

There are a number of advantages in staying home, including the obvious health concerns. But many people also point to increased time with family, no long commutes to work, fewer conflicts with supervisors, lower expenses for wardrobe and restaurants, and more control over personal time. There are also some downsides, including more distractions, the need to self-motivate and less collaboration with co-workers.

Working from home is not exactly a workplace revolution yet, but it is a work in progress. Once the threat of COVID-19 is neutralized, many American workers are interested to see how the workplace and the rules will change. For now, it appears big tech companies are leading the way in allowing their employees to work from home indefinitely, but many smaller organizations are likely to follow suit.

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