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The Work-From-Home Divide


Published April 11, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in remote work opportunities, but these opportunities are unevenly distributed across the workforce. Employees with higher pay, more education, and more experience are much more likely to have the option to work from home, while those with lower pay, less education, and less experience rarely enjoy this benefit. To address the resulting tensions and perceptions of unfairness, managers should acknowledge the divide, align their own working arrangements with those of their employees, consider alternative options like a 4-day work week for onsite staff, and potentially offer one-time pay adjustments to compensate employees who cannot work remotely.

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