After a year of face masks, intermittent lockdowns and endless government announcements, many countries are now rolling out their coronavirus vaccination programs. And with vaccinations either underway or about to begin, some countries have started to look at possibly relaxing regulations around social distancing and slowly begin planning a return to some kind of normalcy.
Australia, where the spreading of COVID-19 has already largely been contained, may serve as a preview of what a return to normalcy might look like in other countries. As people walk around the streets of Sydney without face masks and are allowed to organize in-person social gatherings, the Australian government has encouraged workers to return to their offices and resume their work life as it was pre-pandemic. But workers have no intention of giving up the freedoms granted by remote working. Fewer than half of Sydney's office workers took up the government's offer, while only one-third of Melbourne's did, with the majority choosing to continue to work from home, as according to a survey by the Property Council of Australia. A PwC U.S. Remote Work Survey also found that 55% of employees would prefer to be remote at least three days a week once pandemic concerns recede.
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