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Is Remote Working Sustainable for Your Organization? Although working remotely may have seemed to be a utopia, it isn't the right answer for every organization or every employee.

By Carol Leaman Edited by Heather Wilkerson

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Remember when working from home was on most employees' wish list? In survey after survey, employees said they wanted the flexibility of working remotely to balance their personal and professional lives.

As recently as February 2020, FlexJobs said that choosing the work environment was a key aspect for applicants when looking at new career opportunities. Remote employees were happier and were more likely to stay in their jobs, another study found. While many companies were moving in that direction, some were reluctant, with leaders concerned that employees wouldn't be productive without supervision.

Then pandemic came, and at one point during the nationwide lockdown, 70% of American employees worked from home at least some of the time. And while the celebrated frontline workers were putting themselves at risk, others were figuring out how to make a WFH a reality. But as is typical, the reality of this arrangement was not as wonderful as everyone imagined.

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