Oregon employees navigate balance between in-person and remote work

As COVID-19 spread and Oregon imposed restrictions, many employers transitioned to working from home. Employees gathered their monitors, perhaps their favorite office chairs, and designed workstations in their apartments and homes.

Many have been juggling everyday life at home and Zoom meetings since 2019, waiting for news about a return to the office or a permanent transition to remote work. Some are eager to return to an office and have face-to-face connections with co-workers. Others have had success working from home and want to stay there.

As the number of vaccinated grew beyond 70% and cases declined, employers and workers began to feel what the workplace of the future might look like.

State office buildings that have been closed to the general public reopened on May 1. And as Salem’s largest employer, many are watching how the state government handles the transition back to the office.