Employment

Remote Work Is Here to Stay and That's a Good Thing

Able to do our jobs from where we please, life for many of us will reflect a bit more of what we want rather than what we have to do to get by.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, businesses able to shift their employees to remote work have done so with varying degrees of eagerness. Telecommuting became a lifeline for operations that were resistant to work-from-anywhere arrangements in the past but found them to be the only way to continue operating amidst lockdown orders and public fear of infection. But will the changes stick for the long term? Or will workplaces revert to their pre-pandemic forms?

It's looking more and more like there's no reason for some of us to change out of pajamas; the evidence suggests that remote work has been a boon for many people and is here to stay. That has big implications for expanding people's choices about where they live and why. But it may also widen the divide between those can work where they live and those who must live where they work.

"More than 20 percent of the workforce could work remotely three to five days a week as effectively as they could if working from an office," the U.S.-based consulting firm McKinsey & Company reported in November of an analysis of the workforces in nine countries (China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States). "If remote work took hold at that level, that would mean three to four times as many people working from home than before the pandemic and would have a profound impact on urban economies, transportation, and consumer spending, among other things."

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) agree that remote work has gained a larger permanent presence in our lives.

"Our survey evidence says that 22 percent of all full work days will be supplied from home after the pandemic ends, compared with just 5 percent before," Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis report in a working paper based on data drawn from 15,000 Americans.

Part of the stickiness of remote work arrangements may be that their time has come. The technological capability has existed for many years for desk-based jobs to be performed from anywhere, yet managers were often hesitant about allowing employees out of their sight. COVID-19 overcame that hurdle for many businesses.

"The pandemic has helped workers and organizations overcome inertia related to the costs of experimentation, as well as inertia stemming from biased expectations about working from home," BFI notes.

Importantly, too, the experience has proven positive for workers and employees alike.

"One striking finding is how greatly workers benefit from these arrangements," Harvard Business Administration Professor Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury wrote last month in Harvard Business Review. "Many told me that they regard the freedom to live anywhere in the world as an important plus. For those in dual-career situations, it eases the pain of looking for two jobs in a single location."

"My research also uncovered ample organizational benefits from [work from anywhere] programs. For example, they increase employee engagement—an important metric of success for any company," Choudhury added. He also cited increased productivity among workers and reduced real estate costs for employers who no longer needed big workplaces as major pluses.

"Many workers report being more productive at home than on business premises, so post-pandemic work from home plans offer the potential to raise productivity as much as 2.4 percent," agree BFI researchers.

Like the others, McKinsey emphasizes that "companies will need less office space, and several are already planning to reduce real estate expenses." The company's report points to outdoor retailer REI's sale of its new corporate campus in favor of a distributed model for office staff.

That suggests that the normalization of remote work offers the prospect of lower costs and increased productivity. Those are attractive prospects at any time, and even more so as people struggle to recover from pandemic-and lockdown-caused economic doldrums.

All of the researchers looking at the growth of remote work suggest that some of the result will be "hybrid" arrangements with people working at home some days and in the office others. But reduced commercial real estate commitments, improved efficiency, and happier workers telecommuting from where they please are expected to have a big enough impact to change the nature of many cities.

"The impact of that will reverberate through the restaurants and bars, shops, and services businesses that cater to office workers and will put a dent in some state and local tax revenues," McKinsey suggests.

"We estimate that the post-pandemic shift to working from home (relative to the pre-pandemic situation) will lower post-COVID worker expenditures on meals, entertainment, and shopping in central business districts by 5 to 10 percent of taxable sales," BFI agrees.

Population already appears to be shifting in response to increased acceptance of remote work. New York City and San Francisco, in particular, are losing people to smaller cities, suburbs, and exurbs  as many Americans follow their preferences to less dense, lower-cost communities.

That may also mean an even bigger hit for the service-sector types who are among the part of the workforce for whom remote work isn't an option. Already slammed by lockdown orders that sidelined them while white collar workers shifted their commutes from the highway to the hallway, waiters, delivery people, factory employees, dentists, shop owners, and others who must be physically present to do their jobs won't benefit from the growth of telework and may suffer from the loss of business.

Some of those workers will follow customers to new locales as old business districts become less important. Others, however, will have harder adjustments. It would be wonderful if expanded choices became evenly available to everybody at the same time, but that's not the way the world works.

For those who do benefit from increased acceptance of remote work, life should become a bit easier. People will enjoy increased opportunities to live where they want while working jobs that appeal to them. Couples won't have to prioritize one partner's employment over another's. Able to do our jobs from where we please, life for many of us will, happily, reflect a bit more of what we want rather than what we have to do to get by.

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  1. The problem with work from anywhere, is anybody can work from anywhere. Those nice cushy white collar jobs that couldn’t be exported like factory jobs are suddenly going to see a lot of cross-border competition, as being able to go to the office no longer matters.

    Mind you this will be long term effect. We probably have 10 years of businesses first hiring people in low cost states before they realize they don’t need to hire Sarah for the HR busy work job when they can hire Carlos for pennies on the dollar.

    1. Yup. If your job can be done from home you’d better consider that some guy in Mumbai could do that job from his home at a fraction of your cost.

      Some bean counter in management is already running the numbers.

      1. You get what you pay for.

        1. That guy probably has a degree from an Indian university and knows a lot more about the business than you do. And there are as many college-educated people in India as the total population of France. Then, we can consider the Philippines.

          1. And in my experience they write crappy code.

            1. Yeah, the quality of work I have seen coming out of India has been terrible.

              1. Yes, as Chipper senpai and sarcamic senpai infer, brown people can’t code and can’t learn to code.

                That’s why liberal upper-middle-class whites will always stay on top, unlike the replaceable deplorables.

              2. Lol. Of course you racist pieces of think brown people are inferior when they’re taking *your* job.

          2. That guy probably has a degree from an Indian university and knows a lot more about the business than you do.

            Highly questionable.

          3. Sanjay Gupta’s spaghetti code is worth less than the human feces Sanjay stepped in on his way to work.

      2. If your job can be done from home you’d better consider that some guy in Mumbai could do that job from his home at a fraction of your cost.

        From a libertarian perspective; your left-wing corporate police HR positions can be staffed by subsidized Han Chinese operating on the PRC’s social credit system. Yay freedom!

        1. Not likely; to do such a job would require some sort of internet connection with access to the sort of web that company uses. The CCP won’t go for that.

          1. More likely you can get the HR on the dirt cheap, but they’ll *require* unlimited access to corporate intranet/BI systems for their, I mean your, uh… employees to use.

        2. It’s honestly surprising that Reason writers haven’t come out more in favor of UBI, considering that’s basically the logical end of outsourcing as many jobs overseas as possible, so we can keep consooooooooooooming.

          Who knows where the money for that would come from, but it certainly wouldn’t be any Democrat-supporting corporations or businesses.

          1. How is UBI a logical consequence of outsourcing?

            1. Just because people aren’t working doesn’t mean they still don’t need to eat and have a roof over their heads.

              A government that punts on figuring out how to keep a large unemployed/under-employed class from starving and on the street is going to find itself overthrown in short order.

              1. All that would mean is that the prices they charge for labor would drop.

                Then the costs of the goods and services they buy would also drop.

                They would be unemployed because they’ve been outcompeted.

                1. Do you really think our Davos lords and masters will let things get to a point where there’s a potential for their heads to be placed on pikes?

                  UBI is coming and probably in the next four years.

                2. They would be unemployed because they’ve been outcompeted.

                  Yeah, nothing bad ever happened when a large class of unemployed people are present.

                3. Yeah I noticed how the price of automobiles and food dropped through the floor when we started doing all of our auto manufacturing in Mexico and hiring illegal labor to harvest all our crops.

              2. This is the government’s job?
                If you are livestock, then your care and feeding is the responsibility of your owner.

                If you are free however, you need far less

                1. No one said it was their “job,” and your analogy doesn’t apply in the real world.

      3. I remember when Boeing hired Indian engeneer for pennies on the dollar… Good times, good times

      4. Maybe there’s some benefit to management still clinging to “we still need workers to come in at least one day per week.” Sort of kills off the Mumbai competition…

    2. Not always true. I have been doing this for years. The company most often finds that Sarah is much more valuable than Carlos who knows nothing about the company or how to navigate through the benefits package.

      1. Benefits package? What benefits package? We don’t need no stinking benefits package.

      2. Hence the ten-year “grace period” that someone mentioned. Sarah only knows that because she’s already with the company. When she leaves and they need to onboard someone remotely, wouldn’t it be nearly as easy to onboard Carlos as Sarah II?

    3. Transferring keystrokes around from one computer to another is not ‘work.’ People who keep civilization running by raising crops, driving trucks, stocking stores or servicing infrastructure know what genuine work is, and they don’t get it done by sitting on their ass.

      1. A strong back is a terrible thing to waste.

        I get it.

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  2. Everyone is different and can make their own choices. But I think that a lot is lost if you don’t get out of the house and see people regularly.

    1. Agreed.

      Also, I personally don’t like working from home simply because I like my work and home life to be separate. Some people don’t mind living their job or working their lives 24 hrs a day… I’m not one of those people.

      1. I’ve been working from home for four years. I love it and I hate it. The commute is great but the Christmas party is really boring. Jokes aside, living and working in the same place gets really, really, really old. Then again the thought of having to drive to an office, work normal hours, and be constantly bothered by people walking by or asking me questions, not to mention the time and expense of commuting… I think I’ll stay at home and grumble.

        1. Working from home this past spring and summer was the worst professional experience I’ve gone through in the 30-plus years I’ve had to earn a paycheck. It was okay the first couple of weeks, and then I found my motivation to actually do anything going through the floor. I stopped communicating with my co-workers entirely except for absolute necessities after about a month and half, and my work products turned to utter shit, at least by my standards.

          I took my current job precisely because I’d have an office to go to every day, and I’ve been much happier because I can leave work stuff at work.

          1. It took me a few months to develop the discipline to work from home. As far as communication goes, I kinda like not being bothered when I’m concentrating on a difficult problem. Guess it all depends on what you do.

            1. Drinking yourself into an alcoholic stupor by 9 AM does require a tremendous amount of dedication.

        2. Being fired from your job for being a hopeless alcoholic and then getting on SSI and living in a section 8 apartment drunk-posting on Reason.com 16 hours a day is not “working from home” big boy.

      2. This is exactly why it sucks for me. Couple it with no one wanting to hang out and most fun things being closed, I feel like I’m under house arrest.

      3. Same here. And I like to be hands on in my job and the things I work on aren’t very easily portable. I tried working from home a bit. If I don’t have something that is very engaging all day, it just doesn’t work for me.

  3. I can definitely see why being remote as an employee is a boon, but I do disagree with the assumption above that productivity increases. As a manager and a person that interacts with other employee I’ve found cross collaborative work takes longer, more emails, dialing into zoom, phone calls and just a lack of explaining first hand what I want. I also have had plenty of meetings where the employee or coworkers is distracted by a dog that needs out, kids running around, or the sound of them checking out at target in the background. I think illocust touches on some good points above and I think that move is also going to happen when you have folks like I encounter all the time. If you think your Target run or dealing with the dog is so important I’ll find someone else to do it for less anywhere and then we’ll be back to people wondering why jobs aren’t staying in their region with some unneeded protectionist law being put into affect.

    1. I agree. It won’t work in a lot of circumstances.

      I “managed” several projects remotely, for several years, with only monthly, or quarterly, in-person meetings. It worked out quite well. BUT, I had on-site supervisors, without which it would not be possible. There were about fifty project sites, total, over six years, in four counties, with the most-distant site being about 250 miles distant, At any given moment, I probably averaged twelve to fifteen sites operating, which sort of necessitated working “remotely.”

    2. I suspect any gains that companies see from going to a telework model are going to be seen more in the lack of expense in renting real estate for offices than in productivity gains, at least in the medium-term. Small-scale businesses in particular benefit from “water-cooler” talk where a lot of tertiary issues are discussed and hashed out on an ad hoc basis. Email and Zoom aren’t really a sufficient substitute for that.

      Again, global megacorps like Google are going to benefit a lot more from telework models than smaller companies, and the latter will inevitably be squeezed out.

    3. I work for a small / middle sized architecture and interior design firm. It’s a very collaborative field – you’re constantly bouncing ideas off of your teammates, asking questions of each other, solving problems together, etc.

      When we were forced to work from home earlier this year, we figured out how to make it work, but we also figured that our productivity & efficiency dropped by 20-25%. When work-from-home became optional instead of mandatory, 95% of the people came back immediately because they wanted to.

  4. My last stint at self-employment, as well as my last “job” before retirement, were conducted about 90% percent remotely. The only time I left my home for work was to visit project sites. This shift is overdue.

  5. They need to automate that remote work shit so they can lose most of the employees as well as the buildings. Any remote-workers still needed cab be moved to part-time and take a second or third remote working job.

  6. The picture of working from home being about happily clicking away on a laptop in the living room while the kids quietly study and play needs to be revised. There’s nothing so distracting as trying to work in the same house as family. I . . . um . . . know somebody who rented himself some office space so he could “work from home”.

    1. When the schools were shut down I had my daughter every other week. It wasn’t that bad. I set up a desk next to mine where she could do homework and crafts or whatever, though all she wanted to do was play Nintendo and watch Netflix.

      1. all she wanted to do was play Nintendo and watch Netflix.

        Sounds like the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Offer her a fifth of Jack Daniels and see if she finishes it before noon. She’ll have fewer memories of the molestation that way anyway.

    2. Of note: *She’s* working from home while Dad is in the background helping with homework.

      I wonder how many of these 100% work-from-home solutions represent redundant Karens/SJWs in HR, social media, and corporate responsibility positions. Positions where most of the rest of us might actually see a 2.4% increase in productivity as something between a lie and an obstacle. Doubly so when the above jobs get farmed out overseas. Can’t wait for a cheap, efficient, faceless Chineses bureaucrat who gives zero shits to take over the HR position remotely.

      1. I mean. That might be a drastic improvement. Having HR give zero fucks would be so much nicer than the constant passive aggressive diversity ethos emails. Tyranny of the uncaring much preferable to those who are on a mission.

        1. Just because you don’t care doesn’t mean you aren’t on a mission. It could be an improvement. It could simply replace the narrative emails about how racist and sexist white men are with emails how reporting on members of the local Falun Gong or Uighyr sects will benefit everyone and improve your social credit score. Your apathy in this matter could reflect poorly.

    3. There was a video I saw talking about the idea that companies may rent a office/cubicle near where you live. Rather than having an entire floor or building rented by one company. This would then give workers a place to go that has less distractions and provide daily interactions with other people. I am not sure how feasible this would be with sensitive information some employees have; unless you have an office with 4 walls and a door. I wish I could remember the video that talked about this..

  7. I’ve been 100% remote since Jan 2015, and prior to that was doing 1 day remote per week.

    I can’t ever imagine working in an office again.

    If my current job vanishes before I decide its time to stop working I think I’d more likely just be motivated to try and create my own job rather than go work for someone else that requires me to be on site.

  8. Oh, fuck off. Being able to work from home just means you’re available for work 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and that’s what you’d better be prepared for. Oh, and your pay is getting cut commensurate with the amount you’re saving on commuter costs and you’re now considered a sub-contractor so there are no fringe benefits with your 1099. Call 1-800-EAT-SHIT if you want to complain, but be aware that that phone line is connected to our home office in China and nobody there speaks English.

    1. Nobody I know who works from home got a pay cut. Quite the opposite. Most, including myself, got raises when the company no longer had to rent an office.

      1. Plenty of people got furloughed or laid off or salary cut. Just because you don’t know anyone means zero shreeky. For all we know you run an escort service outta yet moms basement.

        1. Getting laid off or furloughed is not remote work, is it?

      2. Nobody I know who works from home got a pay cut.

        I did.

        1. Quite the opposite. Most, including myself, got raises when the company no longer had to rent an office.

          Additionally, I can’t speak for your business sector, or the model under which they run, but for most people, there are these things called “leases”… meaning just because you vacate a space, doesn’t mean you stop paying rent on it.

          Also, depending on your sector, rarely can you just vacate a business locale just because most people pivot to working from home. Often times, a lot of businesses still require a percentage of their workforce to be ‘boots on the ground’. In addition to that, you have datacenters or other attached infrastructure which requires a physical space. Depending on the size and scope of your operation, pivoting away from these attached infrastructure… may not be impossible or… may be possible but require major restructuring and investment.

          1. *may be impossible.

            We can accurately validate signatures for kajillions unprecedented mail-in ballots, but we can’t have an edit button.

          2. Well then I guess I’m fortunate. And again I’m sorry you got a pay cut.

            1. It was temporary. 20% cut. The pay level was recently restored, but what wasn’t paid during the temporary cut is not to be reinstated. So my total salary for this year will be a fair amount less than it would have been.

        2. I did.

          That sucks. I’m sorry to hear that.

      3. Like any economic activity some will benefit and some will not. This is just another market change.

        1. Yeah because “the market” decided to shutter tens of millions of small businesses to concentrate more power in international corporations.

      4. Yeah, but you’ve been working from home for 4 years, which means you’re working for a company that was smart enough to see the benefits of work-from-home other than simply as a cost-cutting move. As work-from-home spreads, it gets forced into industries and businesses where it doesn’t work as well except as a cost-cutting measure. And since nobody gives a shit about anything other than next quarter’s numbers, nobody gives a shit whether the work or the product suffers as a result of this.

        1. If the product suffers, then the next quarters numbers are likely to suffer as well. That’s the reason many companies have been hesitant to go with the remote-work option before Covid even though they technically could have as a means to cut costs. The lockdowns have been the push they needed to get on with it.

          1. Generally it takes a couple quarters or years for product suffering to transfer into losses. Inertia is a powerful thing.

        2. One thing to keep in mind here is that the “work from home” model has been in discussion for at least a couple of decades now, once high-speed internet started making its way into the commercial market. I’m not necessarily talking about the Wild West days of the late 90s-early 00s when someone was supplementing their income off of hosting ads on their blog, but whether it was more cost-efficient for corporations to not rent out so much real estate as broadband increased in capability.

          That discussion seemed to go by the wayside when the Silicon Valley megacorps were building these massive campuses and busing in their employees at designated pick-up/drop-off points in the city, but the pandemic has brought that issue back up again, and with a recession in progress, a lot of these companies may feel it’s better to just eat the cost on the rest of the lease and find something smaller so they can keep people working from home. The biggest hurdle was always that Boomer/early Gen-X management cohort who felt that a workforce needed to be on site so they could be properly supervised, but as late Gen-Xers and Millennials increasingly take these jobs over, I suspect there’s going to be FAR less resistance to the idea.

        3. Except that that’s not how businesses work. *Governments* are concerned about the next quarter. Businesses need to look further ahead.

          If businesses were only concerned with the short term, Walmart, Amazon, Ford, you name it, wouldn’t exist

          1. Also, if they were solely concerned with cost cutting . . . Well telework has existed for decades.

          2. If businesses were only concerned with the short term, Walmart, Amazon, Ford, you name it, wouldn’t exist

            Is that why these global megacorps you’re citing here have gone all-in on corporate wokeism?

          3. Fucking Christ you’re stupid.

      5. Right, but SSI cost of living increases are automatic and don’t apply to people who perform work in exchange for money.

    2. Agreed. Consider 2020 as being Remote Working v1.0. Remote Working v2.0 will be down right dystopian.

      Productivity monitor spyware (real-time, fulltime AI-based keystroke, internet and webcam monitoring). More work contracts on an on-demand basis. Pay will reflect reduction in cost of living/commuting. Even worse, applicants living is low cost of living areas will be preferred: places like shit-hole states like SD and countries like India. Except, SD is full of meth-addicts, so just India. What Walmart did with China and manufacturing, Facebook will do to India and white-collar work.

      To apply what will have happened in 2020, (i.e. pay raises and toleration or home life spilling into work time) and extend it into future is idiotic linear thinking.

      1. All that stuff was coming to an office near you anyway.

        This didn’t even speed it up.

      2. If you work the kind of job where keystroke/webcam monitoring would actually provide a benefit to management, then you are working the kind of job that will be automated away by a machine, so don’t worry about competition from India, you’re job’s gone either way.

        However, the value output from most white collar jobs is in the form of “ideas” or “strategic thinking.” Those kinds of ideas come from staring at whiteboards or contemplating a problem while staring at the ceiling. So monitoring tools would be utterly ineffective because productivity doesn’t come from keystrokes in those jobs.

    3. There were never any fringe benefits for the majority.

      Working as a subcontractor would be a step up for most employees – not being tied to a single employer because someone has you locked on on-site for 8 hours at a time means you can take on *clients*.

      1. There were never any fringe benefits for the majority.

        80% of Americans get their health insurance through work you mindless fucking cunt. Holy fuck.

  9. I have a logistics question that is vitally important to this discussion.
    If there is a workplace shooting (during remote work) , will it count as workplace violence or domestic violence? Will the time it occurs be factored in?

    1. Shootings are pretty rare. How about sexual harrassment? If I grab my wife’s butt when whe walks by my desk, will I get fired? (on top of being kicked in the nuts)

      1. Only if you do it in front of your girlfriend. Then you get a double kick to the nuts

    2. If I fall down the stairs walking to my desk at home, do I get workers comp?

      1. Depends on your blood alcohol content.

  10. “More than 20 percent of the workforce could work remotely three to five days a week as effectively as they could if working from an office,”

    Someone hasn’t met my coworkers.

  11. This is great, because it’ll also mean less rush-hour congestion in the cities for the rest of us.

    1. Which is a damn good thing now that the car hating, no more fossil fuel fascists are going to take over. Work from home work can be monitored by your boss and your congressman.

      1. Anyone who seriously thinks they can’t be monitored from home just as easily as the office is delusional. They already tracking when you log on and off, how much work within their server you’re actually doing, etc. Hell, they’re even tracking how often people are going out of the house by measuring their phone signals.

        1. RED ROCKS WHITE PRIVILEGE….

          Anyone who seriously thinks they can’t be monitored from home just as easily as the office is delusional.

          THIS IS HOW THEY’LL DO IT

          Dave: Alexia….turn on the TV, please….
          Alexia: It’s Monday, Bob… aren’t you suppose to be working…?
          Dave: I know it’s Monday, Alexia…..Turn On the TV….Please…!
          Alexia: Maybe the boss would like to know you’re watching TV?
          Dave: OK….never mind…..turn the radio….!!!
          Alexia: Music can be very distracting, Dave…..

  12. Remote work is not the problem. Not being allowed to leave the house while the governor gets to dine out at five star restaurants is the problem.

    1. I’d say the not allowed to leave the house is the real problem. The hypocrisy is just an extra bonus to rub it in our faces.

  13. My guess is, once COVID is sufficiently in our rear-view mirror, work from home will fade in popularity. Not because I don’t like it, but a lot of company management tends not to.

    The fact of the matter is, not everyone is as productive from home, and companies will discover this in aggregate over time. There are people who can remain productive, but there are people who don’t, and I’m guessing an alarming percentage of people will be found to be not as productive from home as they are when they’re in an office.

    Also, there are lots of intangibles at work here that will probably take months or years to suss out, such as lack of direct face-time and in-person interactions that have ‘value’ but are hard to quantify.

    So in the end, I think it’ll be a mix. A percentage of people will remain home in those sectors that it worked out with, a lot of other people will slowly return to the office, but maybe in a mix with more flexibility for part-time in-office presence. That would be my preference. Work from home two-three days a week.

    1. My company is going to do a staged return. the remote workers coming back first are the ones who aren’t productive working from home.

    2. If this were to last another year – and as companies decide to break leases – then it could be permanent.

      If this breaks on the spring, yeah, they’ll probably move back. Balancing the loss of productivity against the loss of a lease payment could tip it into permanence. But while that payment is still hanging around your neck you’ll want to go back to *knowing* your employees are as productive as you can get them.

    3. There has been Billions of dollars invested in upgraded networks, web conferencing software and home office equipment since March. I’m guessing that a lot of c-suite folks are much more amiable to remote working than they were a year ago.

  14. “yet managers were often hesitant about allowing employees out of their sight”

    When I was working, a lot of managers thought MBO meant “management by observation”, not “management by objective”. Another change that will shake out of remote working is payment by product, not by the hour. Not all types of work will fit into that option, but many will.

  15. We were on staged returns and I was in the first wave this summer due to a project being built on site. Second wave panicked management and almost all technical support was sent home. This work from home is not for me. Too many distractions, too many questions about what is going on. Can’t go into work without permission and a reason. I do not believe that I am more productive from home.

  16. This is a horrible thing. What happened to our freedom???

  17. election fraud.

  18. Don’t worry Newsom is thinking of requiring people to work in commercial spaces again if for nothing else but for the restuarants benifit even though they are closed as well. but lets not forget the commercial property taxes as well. Newsom will work it all out in his favor

  19. I would like to know how restaurant workers and retail employees are supposed to work from home. Even if all of those businesses fail, won’t we still need Amazon delivery drivers until the drones take over?

    1. Even if all of those businesses fail, won’t we still need Amazon delivery drivers until the drones take over?

      Anybody who doesn’t get paid by the word to type up retarded Koch-sponsored anti-Trump bullshit can get fucked. Free minds and free markets baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. It’s hard to build a corporate culture with a remote workforce. I also cannot imagine having to onboard remotely. That said, these last 9 months have been amazing IMO: Roll out of bed, grab some coffee, and wander over to my home-office/man-cave. No commute, an extra hour of sleep, no bullshit office politics. I calculated that I’ve saved $1,300 on gas alone since March. And working in shorts and a t-shirt is the shit.

    1. Yup. The coffee isn’t free anymore but lunch sure is easier. The key to this is having the separate office.

      I have worked variously remotely from home, at distant client sites living out of hotels, and commuting to an office for years.

      Homes with an office or spare room are key.

      1. I don’t get to complain to the management when we run low on TP though . . .

        1. But at least you have access to the executive washroom now…

      2. Spare room key? Reminds me of The Apartment.

      3. The key to this is having the separate office.

        BINGO! You must have a separate space with control of interruptions and noise in order to be effective working at home. I’ve been doing this for more than 10 years and could never have done so if my family had been able to bother me at will.

  21. Any idea what the action’s like now on the election handicapping sites regarding the US presidential?

    1. Trump ain’t gettin’ any from Melania now that he’s being shunted off to his golf courses. Biden can’t get it up, so no change.

  22. Most of the sculptures dating from the Historical period depict human figures and silhouettes or figures that embody animals, being used, as stated above, during ceremonies or rituals to attract the forces of nature. Even if most of the art critics consider that the prehistoric sculpture represented a means of artistic expression, at that time the respective works were not realized for aesthetic purpose.

    In addition to the figurines I mentioned earlier, the category of sculpture also includes masks made for healers and wizards; they were worn during rituals to ward off evil spirits.

    Free The Most Famous Historical Sculptures HD images You Want to See

  23. Finally, my paycheck is $ 8,500? A working 10 hours per week online. My brother’s friend had an average of 12K for several months, he work about 22 hours a week. I can not believe how easy it is, once I try to do so. This is what I do… Here is More information.

  24. I get paid over $90 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I’d be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I’ve been doing.. Here is More information.

  25. Remote Work Is Here to Stay and That’s a Good Thing
    Always amusing to see the comfortable Reason writers, who get paid to type at a computer, assuming most people can work from home, or that this is actually a good thing. It is certainly a desirable thing.

  26. Before the virus my wife’s Fortune 500 company (which can work completely distributed) had a preference for co-location so that people could interact more casually and effectively than at a distance. I see nothing that has altered that preference. (They just completed a new Headquarters including the C-Suite in the DFW, Texas metroplex.) What we can do and what we will do are often miles apart.

    1. Cisco Systems used to allow distance work, but ended it over a decade ago because… it did not work as well as co-location, even when your teams were sometimes around the world in 5 different time zones. They wanted your managers and state-side peers nearby to assist as needed.

  27. Editor: “workers and employees alike” should be “workers and employers alike”.

    1. Not all employees are workers.

  28. Yes, I so believe work from home is here to stay! It will change the working culture for good, allowing people a lot of creative time at hand.

  29. Working for home is gonna stay and we should all think about alternatives. Maybe starting a new business and discover some hidden talents that you might have. Jobs are so unstable nowadays.
    We all had to adapt , but there are some good parts also. I’ve spent so much time with my family, playing with my kids, starting new projects for them like building a Desk PC using plans i found online. I’ve done things I never knew I could do and who knows but I think this experience might actually help me in the future.
    Meanwhile stay positive, let your kids to play games , participate , have fun and everything is gonna be alright

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