Most employees opened their home offices for business nearly a year ago as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down corporate headquarters across the country. What initially began as a temporary stopgap has now become a way of life for many people, one that is poised to continue in some quarters long after the public health crisis has receded. 

But if companies are serious about making remote working a permanent fixture, they’ll first have to embark on a number of policy adjustments, reevaluate employee/employer boundaries and make some cybersecurity tweaks that executives have been putting off for a long time. Carol Goodman, chair of the employment practice at Herrick Feinstein, noted that some companies are already in the process of adapting their employment policies, while others are taking more of a wait-and-see approach.