Some Workers In A Tough Spot As Employers Want To Return To Offices

Working from home has become a way of life for countless people during that pandemic. It's prompted some to change cities even thought they didn't change jobs, and that leaves some workers in a tough spot as more employers are ordering workers back to the office; CBS2's Dave Carlin reports.

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DANA TYLER: Working from home has become a way of life for countless people during the pandemic, and it's prompted some people to change cities even though they didn't change jobs. That leaves some workers in a real tough spot as more employers are ordering people back to the office. CBS 2's Dave Carlin has more.

GARY RAGIN: Because nobody knew how long this was going to last.

DAVE CARLIN: For Gary Ragin, months of doing all his work from home in Syosset are behind him. Now, every workday, the salesman for a flooring company commutes into midtown by train in his business attire, carrying a briefcase. On the streets surrounding Penn Station, what a change now compared to back in 2016.

GARY RAGIN: I definitely get looked at. I'm not one of the norm anymore.

ANGELA ADAMS: I'm traveling between here and Ithaca, and kind of haven't always shared that-- hi.

DAVE CARLIN: Social worker Angela Adams bounces back and forth between upstate and downstate, where a one way journey takes more than five hours. She took a gamble it would be OK to do administrative work in Manhattan and face to face meetings up in Ithaca. But soon, her boss may want her to choose.

ANGELA ADAMS: It's emotionally draining.

MICHAEL GARDON: Up to 30% of the country has relocated.

DAVE CARLIN: Michael Gardon, editor of "CareerCloud," says he knows of people who secretly change cities and are now out of easy commute range, sometimes without telling their bosses. Pandemic movers recently polled for a survey by Bankrate/YouGov gave these reasons-- 31% moved to be closer to family and friends, 27% for more affordable living, 21% relocated for a job, and 18% say they needed more space. Employment experts say the amount of work from home we'll be seeing is a work in progress.

MICHAEL GARDON: Employers are definitely still grappling with how to bring employees back to the office safely.

DAVE CARLIN: According to a just released "CareerCloud" survey, nationwide, fully remote jobs are expected to grow 16% by 2028. As for the rest, expect a mix.

MICHAEL GARDON: So we're looking at more of a hybrid model for most people.

DAVE CARLIN: He says what our workdays ultimately look like will require bosses and workers compromise. In midtown, Dave Carlin, CBS 2 News.