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The Ups and Downs of Remote Work

New research analyzed communication patterns of at-home Microsoft employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and found that some collaboration suffers when everyone works remotely. Read the full research report  and this IDE blog.




Pre-pandemic, fewer than  5% of Americans worked from home three days per week. By April 2020, about 37% were remote full-time.


Synchronous collaboration –such as meetings and calls –decreased.


Asynchronous collaboration –such as  e-mail and IM—increased.

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