Last year, when the pandemic struck, whole industries went remote overnight. TV hosts set up mini-studios in their spare rooms, lawyers and judges conducted hearings over Zoom (sometimes with amusing consequences), accountants did their audits remotely, and on and on. Yelp had to scramble to find thousands of laptops overnight to give to their office staff. “We always had spare laptops, but not 3,000,” executive Carolyn Patterson told CNN.
Many workers moved to another state entirely. NPR collected stories of numerous people who have moved across the country permanently to take advantage of remote work — and some of them took a big risk by not getting permission from their employers first.