There’s a Perfect Number of Days to Work from Home, and It’s 2

There’s a Perfect Number of Days to Work from Home, and It’s 2

The Atlantic, 2021

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The appeal of working from home in your yoga pants and taking your dog for a walk during coffee breaks may be waning. Many American workers want to return to the office – yet they also find it hard to give up some of the flexibility and self-determination they gained during COVID-19’s long work-from-home experiment. As with many things in life, the ideal solution lies in the middle. Amanda Mull, a staff writer for The Atlantic, reports that working from home two days a week will turn out to be a win-win for employers and employees.


As the pandemic tapers down, working from home full-time has lost its appeal for many employees.

Although many employees have grown fond of working from home during the pandemic, two-thirds of the respondents to a Morning Consult poll taken in April 2021 said they were ready to return to the office.

Employees don’t want to work from home permanently for many reasons. They miss being able to communicate in person and pick up on the subtleties of facial expressions and body language. Many remote workers experienced increased feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety during the pandemic. Junior employees don’t want to miss out on the networking, promotion...

About the Author

Amanda Mull is a staff writer at The Atlantic.