A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that two years into the COVD-19 pandemic, nearly 60 percent of workers who can work from home, are doing exactly that. Before the pandemic, that number was under 25 percent. Moreover, the primary reason for staying remote has shifted. In 2020, the primary reason to work from home was due to fear of the coronavirus. Today, most remote workers simply prefer it. And, although newly minted remote workers feel less connected to their coworkers, the mostly site positive impacts working from home:

“For those who have made the switch to telework, their work lives have changed in some significant ways. On the plus side, most (64%) of those who are now working from home at least some of the time but rarely or never did before the pandemic say it’s easier now for them to balance work with their personal life. And many (44%) say working from home has made it easier for them to get their work done and meet deadlines, while very few (10%) say it’s been harder to do this. At the same time, 60% say they feel less connected to their co-workers now. Most (72%) say working from home hasn’t affected their ability to advance in their job.”