Remote work could be here to stay

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When returning to the office, employees can expect to still wear masks, physical distancing, new desk arrangements, and one-way hallways or stairways, according to pandemic planner Regina Phelps. Photo by Getty Images.

As California gears up to reopen in mid-June, the prospect of returning to the office is creating anxiety for the workforce that was forced to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At least 70% of employees have been doing all or most of their work from home, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. That’s compared to pre-pandemic levels, when only about 20% of employees telecommuted. 

KCRW speaks with three experts on hybrid workplace models, receiving input from employees, and how to best equip offices for the post-pandemic future.