Chattanooga's U.S. Xpress may leave half of headquarters staff working from home

U.S. Xpress' corporate headquarters are shown on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. / Staff file photo

U.S. Xpress Enterprises CEO Eric Fuller says he was initially skeptical that most workers could get their job done at home.

So when the trucking giant began studying how to do remote work for its 1,400 office workers when the coronavirus pandemic hit in mid March, Fuller thought most workers sent home in March would be back in the office by May 1.

But nearly six months after U.S. Xpress shifted workers out of its sprawling headquarters along Interstate 75 in Ooltewah, the workers are still at home doing their jobs and perhaps half of them may never return to the office.

"Prior to this pandemic, I had never been a big believer in working from home," Fuller said in an interview Wednesday during the EXPO Chattanooga sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.