Smart Talk: How people really feel about telework

The Coronavirus outbreak has changed the way Americans work.

Before the pandemic, about 20 percent of Pew Research respondents say they worked from home. A year into the pandemic and now a whopping 71 percent are teleworking.

Love it or hate it, most people consider themselves fortunate to be able to do their jobs from home. But, as state restrictions are eased and Pennsylvanians receive their vaccinations, what is the future of work?

Bucknell University recently surveyed teleworkers and asked, among other questions, if respondents are satisfied working from home. Eddy Ng, Ph.D., James and Elizabeth Freeman Professor of Management at Bucknell University joins Smart Talk Thursday with some surprising results.

Ng invites workers who have transitioned to working remotely to continue participating in the survey through this link.

Pandemic fuels home-cooking surge

The “great toilet paper scare” of 2020 has passed, thankfully, but it will certainly go down as one of the more confusing aspects of American’s response to pandemic restrictions.

But what about the troubling yeast shortage or the frustrating popcorn deficit, have we recovered from those events? As restaurants closed and people spent more time at home, consumers became acquainted with their home kitchens and began trying new things, like baking bread.

Kim O’Donnel is a food writer with LNP, a trained chef, cookbook author and former food columnist with the Washington Post and she appears on Smart Talk to discuss the home-cooking trend and what might happen as restrictions are eased

Lancaster online published a Stay-Put Cookbook that can be accessed here.