An estimated 60 to 70 million Americans are now working remotely in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, and many more millions around the world are doing the same. While some businesses might have previously resisted remote working, they are now finding out that it is entirely workable. The availability of collaboration software, high-speed internet connectivity, and computing devices means much office-based work can be done remotely.
As well as allowing work to continue during the crisis, the increase in remote work also brings benefits to groups who have often been excluded from the workplace. People with disabilities, women, especially those responsible for childcare, migrants and refugees, and people with limited financial means have all faced struggles in accessing the employment market.
How can we ensure that the Covid-19 response is the beginning of lasting change for those groups, as well as deal with any potential disadvantages?