We should be embracing remote work
With the majority of companies (across most sectors) forcing white collar workers back to the office thought I would share my thoughts on why this is such a stupid idea and outline how remote work could help alleviate many of the major problems facing the West.
Probably the most obvious but requiring workers to move to large expensive cities pushes up rent prices to insane levels to the point where even the most well comped junior employees need to get roommates. Remote work would allow people to live wherever they want in the county,of a lot of tier 2/3 cities, and save and invest more of their pay check.
The vacant office space in prime locations like NYC/SF etc. can be converted to apartments quickly creating more supply in an extremely tight market.
Childcare costs are also insanely high ($2k+ per month) and with more and more dual income households remote work allows couples to save money and actually raise their kids themselves instead of sticking them in some daycare.
Requiring millions of people to commute dozens of miles on a daily basis is a huge source or emissions and the same companies that wax poetic about net zero want their employees racking up thousands of miles so they can have water cooler talks.
There are a lot of health and wellbeing benefits to not commuting and working in a bland office all day. It saves people a ton of time and allows them to do stuff like exercise, hobbies, volunteering etc. Happier and well rested workers are more productive and focused.
I’m honestly all in on remote work and wish corporate execs and government officials would see all of the benefits it brings.