Callista y Newt Gingrich: On Labor Day 2021 here's what COVID has taught us about American workers

The legislation which made Labor Day a national holiday was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. It was created during a time of rapid industrialization and economic growth, as much of the United States shifted from an agricultural to industrial economy. This period of change created many challenges for working Americans as they had to learn new skills and work long hours.

The past year-and-a-half has also presented many challenges and changes for working Americans. The threat of a global pandemic reshaped work in ways we could not have imagined even a few years ago.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, aproximadamente 25 percent of employed Americans worked from home in 2019, y 50 percent had hybrid schedules. En 2020, the Bureau found the number of Americans working from home nearly doubled a 42 por ciento.

Even now, con 53 percent of Americans fully vacunado, aproximadamente 60 million Americans are working from home full- or part-time. Offices are downsizing their workspaces and adopting hybrid work models. And some are shifting away from physical offices altogether in favor of holding in-person meetings at coffee shops, restaurantes, and other public spaces when necessary. At the height of the pandemic, 76 percent of American CEOs said they were considering shrinking their office spaces, according to a September 2020 survey by Fortune and Deloitte.

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Como resultado, families all over the country are uncertain about what their daily routines and employment will be even a year from now. Al mismo tiempo, they are striving to balance work and private life when their offices are down the hall rather than down the street.

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sin embargo, Americans have adapted. Citing a recent Goldman Sachs Inc. estudio, Bloomberg informó: “Since the crisis began, annualized growth in output per hour has risen 3.1%, comparado con 1.4% in the previous business cycle, Goldman economists wrote in a note. "Stronger productivity growth has been one of the silver linings of the pandemic,’ they said.

Through telework and video conferencing, Americans have demonstrated that we can get the job done, despite tremendous obstacles.

Asi que, this Labor Day we encourage you to pause and reflect on the successes of the past year, the challenges that remain, and the many opportunities ahead.

We wish you a happy Labor Day!

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