Chattanooga area workers come back to the office, but more work is now remote

Two years of pandemic work-from-home changes much office work

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

In March 2020, in a matter of only a few days, schools, churches, restaurants and offices of all sizes were emptied out as employers sent their workers home as the COVID-19 outbreak worsened.

Two years later, most people have finally resumed more normal lives. But office work at some of Chattanooga's biggest employers will never be the same.

Forced to work remotely to limit the potential spread of the virus, employees quickly adapted to doing their work at home and, in many instances, found that they were more productive and liked not having to make the daily trek to the office.

"We have been extremely flexible during this time, and we've proven that we can be successful with over 70% of our people working from home," Amanda Thompson, chief people officer with U.S.