Woman with bill More companies are recognizing that immediate access to wages is critical during the pandemic, as many essential workers and families are living paycheck to paycheck.

Preparing to “head back to the office” — whatever that might mean — shouldn’t mean a return to business as usual. Our understanding of workplaces, and the way we live and work, has been fundamentally shattered, and employers must use this time as an opportunity to reconsider their relationships with employees.

In recent months, workers redefined work-life balance and started to lean on managers for support beyond the boundaries of work. Employees rely on their employers for consistent income to support their families and pay for critical health care and other services. During the crisis, many employers have responded to employees’ needs by temporarily offering more flexible pay options.

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