As time moves us further from the pandemic’s beginnings, some artifacts of the Before Times seem more and more antiquated — especially when it comes to how Americans work.

I don’t just mean, say, companies’ arbitrarily forcing people who’ve worked just fine remotely back into the office. I mean the tradeoffs Americans have until now been willing to endure for their survival. It’s a rethinking that has spawned a rash of worries that the recovery will be hampered as some businesses struggle to find hires for open roles. READ MORE