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Pandemic may change how businesses hire future employees

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (WSIL) -- The pandemic has changed how we go to restaurants, how we shop and it could change how employers hire workers, especially since so many people enjoy working remotely.

SIUC Economics Professor Kevin Sylwester said there is the possibility that the pandemic will change our work habits. He said we could see more employers offering employees the opportunity to work remotely and in an office.

He said there really is no one-fits-all solution.

Sylwester said if an employer requires an employee to work in the office, perhaps they will consider coming up with creative ideas, such as offering potential employees a larger paycheck.

He said workflows were beginning to change even before the pandemic.

"Some businesses were experimenting with working longer hours Monday through Thursday and then providing a three day weekend. So you already had ideas and moves where to give employees more flexibility and so forth," said Sylwester.

Sylwester said employers may actually want to accommodate employees and their work preference.

Working remotely may still work for some employers, but it really will depend on each employer.

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Denise Turner

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