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THE AFTER PICTURE

What the workplace stands to gain and lose in a post-coronavirus world

An employee at the Indiana Department of Revenue moves her computer equipment from her office on March 24 to allow her to work from home.
AP/Michael Conroy
Relocating.

​When the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, it will have left an indelible mark on the workplace.

Already, millions of people around the globe are learning to work from home, and figuring out how to stay productive and connected as they do it. Paid sick leave in countries like the US, which never mandated it before, has become a front-burner issue. More employers than ever are talking about mental wellness, and are understanding now that work-life balance has always been a facade.

What downstream effects will this have on corporate culture, or creativity, or personal wellbeing? Quartz talked to CEOs, consultants, and other workforce authorities about what we stand to gain and lose from the changes wrought by the coronavirus crisis—and what’s impossible to predict.

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