Work-From-Home Era Faces Toughest Test Yet With Looming Recession

The days of working from home may be numbered.

In the ongoing struggle between workers who want flexibility and bosses who are pushing for a return to the office, an impending recession could shift the balance of power.

The strong job market in the pandemic has meant that employees have felt empowered to ask for perks or leave their jobs for better offers. And companies worried about retention have been reluctant to take a strong stance on returning to the office. But an economic downturn threatens to upend that dynamic.

“Companies are going to be able to leverage the recession and the fact that there are not a lot of jobs available to bring people into the office,” said Lindsay Duston, chief operating officer at Find My Profession, a career services provider.