Working from home? UofSC Law professor explains the new virtual workforce in upcoming book

Posted April 14, 2021

By Rachel Strieber
Carolina News & Reporter
University of South Carolina

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A lot has changed since Joseph Seiner, an author and University of South Carolina law professor, argued in court that some employees ought to be granted flexibility to work from home. 

“Now, you’re almost at the inverse of that, where a lot of employers are requiring it and not allowing you to come into the workplace,” said Seiner. 

Seiner has written a book about this changing workplace landscape. “The Virtual Workplace: Public Health, Efficiency, and Opportunity,” is available for pre-order on Amazon for $29.99 and will be released next month. It analyzes the future of the workforce and how employment has changed in light of technology and the pandemic. 

In one of his most startling assessments, Seiner predicts much of the workforce will soon be conducted through virtual reality. 

“The way we look at work five years from now is going to look nothing like it looks right now,” said Seiner. “Zoom five years from now is going to be a dinosaur.” 

If Seiner could tell the readers of his new book one thing, it is that even when the pandemic ends, this technological change with working from home and remotely is here to stay, and it will continue to evolve. 

“We’re going to be doing things like virtual reality, it’s right around the corner,” said Seiner. “They are fine tuning that, and I think we’re going to be – literally transported – into the virtual workplace.” 

Seiner worked on this book for around three years and postponed its release for about a year to incorporate the pandemic into its research. 

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