Microsoft’s research found that employees averaging the most weekly one-on-one time with their managers experienced the smallest increase in working hours. (Credit: VDB Photos/

Americans appear to have adapted to remote work exceptionally well during the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent national survey from Chubb found not only that productivity was up among those working from home, but nearly three-quarters of workers say they want to continue working remotely more frequently than they did before the shutdowns began.

These statistics don’t mean there weren’t speed bumps along the way, and study after study has looked at how to mitigate issues that have arisen as a result of the move to remote work. One company—Microsoft—decided to take a deep dive into how its employees were handling the myriad of changes related to working from home, the results of which they shared with the Harvard Business Review in its seven-part series, “The New Reality of WFH.”

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.

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