Because they can work from home, for starters.
I can talk to you about something that I know, and that is real estate.
Remote work offers the prospect of the burbs decoupling from major urban centers. That means that commuting distance stops being a factor when it comes to RE pricing, which means that prices in both commercial and residential real estate will change, depending on the location.
And when RE prices change, somebody makes money and somebody loses money.
Bad news for Manhattan, I guess. Why crowd the disease ridden (they were always disease ridden, only different diseases) suburban trains to NYC when you can work from home and perhaps even willing to take a pay cut equivalent to commuting costs?
Big companies in turn will drool at the prospect of reducing their operational expenses, including office space.
Also, upper middle class types who’ve led highly fragile lives susceptible to disruption will rethink their existing paradigm, driving house prices up in specific locations, especially for real estate that makes it more bearable to weather various types of disruptions, such as stay at home orders.
So “I’m dividing my time between X and Y” may be a thing of the past.
What’s the point of a summer house two hours away by plane if you cannot fly there?
That’s just real estate as an example, as shortages of plates and kettlebells have shown, the pandemic is bound to introduce behavior changes in other aspects as well.