The COVID-19 pandemic has crushed economies, sent joblessness soaring and killed more than a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which the pandemic may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work.

Though it was initially necessary to keep employees from getting sick, remote work promises to make people more productive and happy while helping the environment and preserving infrastructure.

When the coronavirus struck, those who could do their jobs remotely often did. The number has gradually declined as our understanding of safety measures increased, but it's still substantial.