Telework may outlast pandemic for metro Atlanta commuters

Stuck working at home for months, many metro Atlanta residents are eager to get back to the office. They just don’t want to spend as much time there as they did before the coronavirus pandemic.

That’s one takeaway from a series of surveys and interviews conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission during the first peak of the pandemic and released this week. The surveys of workers and their employers show “telework” has become a way of life for many residents. And it may remain that way long after the pandemic is just a bad memory.

Many employees say they’re saving money and time by not commuting, and they’re experiencing less stress because they’re not stuck in traffic. Some employers say telework has made their employees more — not less — productive. And executives of some of the region’s largest companies say more of their employees will work at home in the future.

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