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Work is at an Unprecedented Junction with an Inevitable Conclusion

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the US workforce spent just 5% of their total working time remote from the office. By the spring of 2020, that figure had risen to 60% and remained at a similar level for over a year, according to an April 2021 special report by The Economist. In Europe, 89% of companies now intend to develop a hybrid working model for the post-pandemic era, 32% are actively recruiting remote workers specifically, and 92% are exploring progressive policies like core hours and 4-day work weeks —that’s according to Owl Labs’ ‘State of Hybrid Work 2021: Europe Edition’ which concludes that remote and hybrid work is here to stay. Progressive European governments are also embracing this evolution of work with bold policies for worker flexibility. In Portugal, a new government paper on the future of work aims to regulate new ways of working and respond to the challenges of classifying labor relations in relation to hybrid work. […]

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