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Remote, Remote Work Opportunities May Outlive Pandemic

"We do not have all the answers," Williams said.

Plenty of employers have been evaluating which of their positions need workers on site full-time, which could best fit under a hybrid model and which allow for almost never setting foot in the office.

Williams doesn't think many of the company's existing employees will move far away soon, in part because of the complexity it would add to their own lives. But some are already asking.

Other companies with locally based operations are making similar moves. Oversight, which helps companies analyze spending transactions and has about 135 local employees, has changed its hiring strategy to recruit more outside metro Atlanta for almost every role, Chief People Officer Jill Sutton wrote. "Oversight's Return to Office Policy is really, 'do your best work, where you work best'."

At Purchasing Power, Chief People Officer Racquel Roberts is glad to be able to hire from beyond people already in Atlanta or willing to migrate here for a job with the provider of purchasing programs through payroll deductions. That's a big deal for smaller companies with less recognizable brands, she said. "More employees are going to be looking for companies where they can work 100% remote."

Weddington, who moved with her husband from Brookhaven to Nashville's suburbs, said a shift to Tennessee had been the long-term plan. She just thought it would have come much later and required her to quit her current job and find a new one.

But her employer's thinking seemed to have shifted during the pandemic. So did hers.

On a long stay with family in East Tennessee following the death of her mother and the beginning of the pandemic shutdowns, she and her husband enjoyed peaceful walks in an orchard and fields. They were sold.

"We are planning on being here for the long haul," she said.

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