With new variants of COVID-19 appearing, many employers are considering extending their “work from home” protocols into the near future. In fact, several big companies, including Google and Amazon, have announced plans to keep workers home until at least 2022. However, companies are also fearful that the long-term work-from-home model may have a negative effect on productivity and employee morale. How can employers keep their workers safe but still demand high quality and accountability from them?
Most economists agree that things are starting to look “more normal” after the years 2020-2021 and COVID-19. Little by little, stores are re-opening and shoppers are re-emerging to buy goods in person after nearly 18 months of enforced “curbside pickup” and delivery. However, in-person shopping is not completely back to pre-2020 levels, and may never be. Here are some statistics about online shopping in this new age and what it means for vendors of all types: