LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - As COVID-19 has continued to spread in the U.S., state governments have ordered “non-essential” businesses to close their buildings.
This has left business owners with a few options: let employees work from home, lay them off or furlough them. Prior to this pandemic, just 25 percent of all workers in the U.S. had worked from home, and only 29 percent were able to do so. However, people who are allowed to work from home may not always have the best environment for doing so. The best work-from-home conditions include low costs, reasonable comfort and a high level of security.
Exactly how easy it is to work remotely may depend on where you live. In order to find out the states that provide the best conditions for working from home, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics ranging from the share of workers working from home before COVID-19 to internet cost and cybersecurity. Also factored in were things like how large and how crowded homes are in the state.
Unlike many surveys conducted by WalletHub, Nevada actually fares pretty well in this one, ranking as the 18th best place to work from home.
Helping our ranking was a 6th place finish in the "Living Environment" category that factors in things like electricity and internet costs, home size and the percentage of homes with swimming pools (because a cool dip helps clear a crowded head).
WalletHub's Top 5 "Work From Home" states: Delaware, Washington, New Hampshire, Colorado and Georgia.
It shouldn't come as a suprise that the Last Frontier - Alaska - comes in at the bottom. Other states where WalletHub found working from home to be less than ideal: Hawaii, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
For a look at the full WalletHub study, click here.