The commission began its investigation in Spring 2021. The initial aim was to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on people’s lives. After that, commissioners expand the scope of the study to support systems around remote work like child-care or public transport. Hybrid and remote work models profoundly changed the work-life balance in Massachusetts and across the country.
As a result, Massachusetts institutions will need to improve workforce training, public transit, and child care systems to support workers post-pandemic. The 53-page report concludes that flexible workplaces and arrengments are transforming the demand for office space and housing.
Furthermore, workers will need flexible support to handle this new style of life. For example, most companies should include child- and elder-care options. And public transit schedules and fares should reflect new commuting needs.
According to the report, workforce training for hybrid solutions and virtual collaborations should be less rigid. And the state should promote more “stackable credentialing,” encouraging ongoing training without the necessity of a college degree. Finally, the commission encourages better regulation of automated hiring and recruitment tools.
To conclude, the report encourages Massachusetts administrative offices to improve flexible work legislation. Hybrid and remote work models can improve workers’ quality of life, from better routing to increased salary.