Capital One Financial, one of the largest employers in the Washington, D.C., region, will allow its employees to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays even after it reopens some offices later this year.

While the financial-services firm “strongly encourages associates to come into the office and spend meaningful time there,” Capital One “ collectively discovered something remarkable during this pandemic,” CEO Rich Fairbank said in a statement on its website. “Remote work is not a niche opportunity. It works at scale in the mainstream.”

“Two things propelled the success of virtual work during this pandemic: advances in technology and the fact that the whole world went remote at the same time,” he added.

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