Business Highlights: Flexible working, economic bottlenecks


Is Thursday the new Monday? Flexible working is in flux

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies around the U.S. are scrambling to figure out how to bring employees back to the office after more than a year of them working remotely. Most are proceeding cautiously, trying to navigate declining COVID-19 infections against a potential backlash by workers who are not ready to return. Tensions have spilled into the public at a few companies where some staff have organized petitions or even walkouts to protest being recalled to the office. Many are introducing a gradual return, allowing employees to work remotely two or three days a week. But implementing a “hybrid” workplace can be a headache, from identifying which roles are most conducive to remote work to deciding which days of the week employees need to be in the office.


Have a seat: Patio furniture shortage tells US economic tale

COCKEYSVILLE, Maryland (AP) — The Biden economy faces the unusual problem of…

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