The Future Of Work Looks Like Staying Out Of The Office

from ars technica

It’s 2020: we finally live in the future! Or at least a future—one where broadband Internet connections and portable, reasonably high-powered computing tools are pervasive and widely accessible, even if they aren’t yet universal. Millions of workers, including all of us here at Ars, use those tools to do traditional “office jobs” from nontraditional home offices.

Tens of millions of jobs at all points of the income and skill spectrum are of course not suited to remote work. Doctors, dentists, and countless other healthcare workers of the world will always need to be hands-on with patients, just as teachers need to be in schools, construction workers need to be on building sites, scientists need to be in labs, wait staff need to be in restaurants, judges need to be in court, and hospitality employees need to be in hotels. All of that said, though, many more of the hundreds of different kinds of jobs Americans do can be done off-site than currently are.

Roughly a quarter of us are already doing at least some work remotely. About 24 percent of US workers employed full-time did “some or all” of their work at home, according to the most recent federal data available. Even as some workplaces become increasingly distributed around the nation and the world, though, others are reversing course and doubling down on the corporate campus. So as we here at Ars look toward the future of work, we find ourselves wondering: employers and employees alike benefit from getting some folks out of cubeville, so what are so many businesses and managers afraid of?

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  1. This article is very interesting because there are more and more people are working from home instead of going to the office.
    In my opinion, a worker must be productive and not waste meaningless hours a day because that is what he puts in his/her contract. You do not have to stay in the office until your boss leaves, or your waste time on public transport or in your car, while you can take advantage of that time to de-stress yourself going to the gym, playing videogames or simply sleeping longer.

    The opportunity to work from wherever you want, offers a labor flexibility desired by many office workers who want to be able to combine their professional career with their family and personal life. Being able to organize to pick up your children (if you have one) from school is difficult when you have set hours, so working from your house is an attractive option for many workers. However, it is very tempting to scratch your belly when you are working from the comfort of the living room. The sofa and the TV call you, especially whenever there is a sport that you follow and you want to watch that particular game or sport section. Also, when there is good weather, it is always a great time to take your dog for a walk and take a nap at noon. All this is fine, but you have to give results to the company. Working from home has its advantages, yes, and they must be used, but it is not a blank check to do whatever you want. In fact, one of the reasons bosses are giving more options to work from home is to achieve greater productivity.

    As more companies get use to have employees that works from home, they increasingly require freelancers, or freelancers, to get their work done. Having freelancers is comfortable for companies, you do not have to pay sick days, vacations, taxes, social security contributions etc. the freelance just makes an invoice for their products or services and runs it. In addition, having a hired person generates costs such as renting office space, buying a desk, a computer, and paying expenses related to the job, such as electricity and water bills.

    Before it was unthinkable, but today there are many jobs that can be done from home. For example, all audiovisual-related tasks required expensive equipment to make videos. Today, on the other hand, for little money you can get a computer that allows you to edit and post-produce videos at a professional level. And there are more and more freelancers with these skills willing to offer their services to companies remotely, so these remote workers threaten the creation of more permanent positions since the company is easier to find the services it requires without need. of having to hire someone full time. The trend is growing so fast that the professional of the future would be more productive, more flexible, more autonomous because she/he will be working from home.

  2. Working from home sounds like the best idea ever in theory, but we all know that it is dangerous and not easy to do. While at home, we have so many different distractions around us such as children, television, chores etc., which can make it very difficult to focus. I have the same problem currently while in college. My university is currently on spring break and I told myself that I would wake up early to complete all my projects so I do not have to worry about them for the rest of the semester. I have been trying but so far, that idea has not been going as planned. Going to school forces me to wake up at a certain time so I can complete my morning routine and be on my way too class so I arrive on time. While at home, I find myself sleeping in and not rolling out of bed till an hour or so later than I usually would. Getting out of the house is very important because isolation can cause health related problems like depression. I have self-diagnosed myself as having minor seasonal depression and I could not even imagine what working from home every day, isolated from the real world, would do to me.
    Someone who is related to me has the ability to work remotely and he has told me himself that it was amazing at the beginning but now he travels back to the office. He said that he was barely socializing with anyone because he had the ability to work from home in his bed. The only communication he was doing was typing professional emails to his coworkers about questions he had. I agree with the concept of working remotely and believe everyone should have the ability to do it so if need be, so they can complete work while on a business trip or a late night at the office. Socialization is important because we learn new things every day from one another and cutting off ties with coworkers can result in the loss of communication skills.
    Another con to remote work is that managers cannot control workers while they are in the comfort of their own home. Companies with classified information pose a threat because information could be more easily leaked or hacked which makes it difficult on the managers to determine who committed the crime. Companies dealing with large amounts of money such as armored trucking companies can have huge problems because someone could hack their system and create a plan to steal money. Yes, anyone could hack into their system but if people are working under one roof, that system may be more difficult to hack rather than from home.

  3. This article could not be more relevant to the times we are in currently. Due to the Corona-virus, many schools, small businesses, restaurants, health care facilities, stores, office buildings, etc have been shut down and activity within them have been cancelled or postpones. No other time rather than now is it extremely important that we are able to go remote. In order to avoid unnecessary contact, while still being able to work is extremely important. The virus is not the only reason why working remotely is a great idea. For example, if there is someone that needs to contact a business partner or coworker than does not live in the same city or state, video conferencing and online communication is the best bet. As the times evolve, more people are looking for technology savvy people to hire and learn from. As professor Shannon tells us often, “we have to learn how to be remote and fast”. He’s absolutely right. I’ve always had a computer or laptop of some sort for school, whether it was a personal one or already installed in the school. As I have gotten older, more and more of my classes require you to be experienced in some type of remote platform. This year at Seton Hall, due to our classes being moved online for the rest of the semester, it comes in handy that I am able to work my way around computers enough to do well in my classes. Even the teachers that are not as computer smart have had to learn how to be remote in these unforeseen circumstances. Additionally, the more home based and remote that we are, the less there are cars on the road that cause traffic and air pollution as mentioned in the article.
    The down side to more remote and technology based work is that more and more people will start to lose their job. If we are able to order online and just get the food delivered to us, servers and hosts at restaurants will start to become fewer. If we continue to put in self check out machines at stores (which we will), cashiers become at risk to job loss. There are many more examples but we have to consider the majority of our population and their jobs before we go full remote. If we can guarantee the same or closely similar job numbers, I am all for the remote way of living (at some point)

  4. The article is relevant to our current time with the corona-virus is around and a lot of businesses and schools had to shut down. However, working from home is a good idea and a lot of people will love to do so. Especially that as mentioned in the article that people had to drive solo every morning to go to work, it will help companies to save money and space, and companies could hire people from anywhere. As stated before because of the virus it is important to avoid contact with people. This is the time the companies and schools have to switch to be remote. However, as you could know it is not the easiest thing that you could do. While you are at home you have a lot of distractions around you, for example, siblings, children, parents, television, etc.., which makes it difficult for you to focus. When you have to go to school or work, it forces you to do your daily work. Also coming to work and school helps you to socialize with more and new people every day. On the other hand, working remotely helps you to work with people that may be in a different city or country. As the virus spreads the company that I am doing my internships at, they moved everything to be done online at home. Since I am doing marketing and creating contact, it was easy to develop a routine and do my work from home. When you have certain times that you have to have your work done by. It makes easier for people to develop a routine to work on. In addition to that not driving every morning and being stuck in traffic made me less stressed in the morning while doing my work. I hope in the future more jobs will choose to go for remote work.

  5. Working from home is not uncommon in this new age of technology, in fact, more and more people are working at home as I type this blog comment and as technology continuously evolve (especially during the recent Coronavirus outbreak). There are of course good news and bad news that come with working at home but I personally believe that working from home is way better than sitting in an office or cubicle.
    One of the pro’s of working at home is that it provides a lot of flexibility in one’s day and timetable. Think about it, you will have more time in your day just by not travelling to work and preparing for work as in getting dressed (or getting ready in general). You will also be happier working at home as your work and life balance would equalize and you would be able to merge personal interests and leisure activities you do at home with work such as watching your kids or pets and overall just spending time with your loved ones.
    All this is relatable to me and the situation I’m currently in. The school and pretty much the entire nation is affected by the new Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and this limits us to taking our classes remotely instead of in person (sort of like “working” at home). Taking classes in the comfort of my home provides me with a lot of options of what I can do with my spare time, I multitask doing homework for other classes, eating or doing laundry while listening to the class lecture with another device.
    But working at home does come with It’s risks: lack of productivity. Your employees or coworkers can get so off task and distracted by anything in their home environment that they could end up being less productive than in an office. Being in an office or a workspace makes you feel like your constantly being surveyed/monitored by a higher up and that your level of skill and expectation is always kept high. This provides an automatic incentive for you to focus on work and be more productive and efficient while at work as to avoid being disciplined.
    Working at home has its benefits but it also has its costs. One can be more productive working in the comforts of their home while another could be simply slacking and doing little to no work: it all depends on one’s work mentality and their characteristics

  6. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak across the globe, the world has had an inside look into the future of some work. Soon, many jobs will be completed in the comfort of one’s home; this includes office jobs especially. But what is important to realize is that many jobs cannot be done remotely. For example, healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, and construction workers simply cannot do their job without being on-site. Frankly, I am glad that many jobs require physical workers, because anything that can be done remotely, can be completely replaced by advanced technology.

    Working from home may sound ideal, but is it really? Personally, I do not think so. Nothing beats the traditional practice of physically going to work, and nothing ever will. Imagine not having the ability to mingle or go to lunch with your co-workers. A person will really start to lack social skills, and this will begin to affect the work that these full-time remote employees provide for the company they work for. You can no longer appreciate the simplicity of a physical job when you decide to go fully remotely.

    The Coronavirus provides a good example of the disadvantages of full-time remote work. When schools made the decision to move all their classes online, it sparked an uproar in the student community. Seton Hall’s decision even causes students to come together and concoct a complaint asking for a refund of their money with over 4,000 signatures accompanying the letter. Online learning is no way to truly absorb information. Students and faculty no longer have access to the resources that they would in person, such as tutoring centers. Switching to online learning was a preventative measure that almost every student and teacher absolutely hated.

    In all, the future of remote work is only beneficial and applicable to some jobs. Many jobs are not as effective online, and cannot be done as well. After the Coronavirus outbreak that left schools and jobs no choice but to work from home, much of the world finally appreciates the traditional practice of going to work or school.

  7. I completely agree with the article and their view on how jobs are changing. From the looks of different patterns in the behavior of people in society, more and more people are going towards technology and all the benefits that it gives us. “ About 24 percent of US workers employed full-time did “some or all” of their work at home, according to the most recent federal data available.” This quote came from the article to provide a number to stick with people on how much working from home is growing. More and more people are learning how to become more efficient with technology so that they can work from the comfort of their own home.
    With the Coronavirus being the big headline in the news the past month, this is now causing even more people to do work from their homes. “When we suddenly make available technologies that can place a low-cost “work station” in any home, providing it with a “smart” typewriter, perhaps, along with a facsimile machine or computer console and teleconferencing equipment, the possibilities for homework are radically extended.” This is correct. I think if it is affordable for people to get then they should take advantage Schools are being shut down and moving everything to online classes. This could be the start of something new and who knows maybe this will be how school is held in the future.
    Commuting is also a big topic when it comes to doing work at home. Many people drive 30-40 minutes to their job. With people getting newer and newer technological devices that make it easier to do work from home. Somebody can wait to get ready 15 minutes before their shift instead of getting ready hours before. “Ten percent of US workers commute more than 60 minutes each way per day. And while public transportation, cycling, or walking are a good option in several of those cities, housing costs and decades of infrastructure and policy choices mean that more than 75 percent of American workers drive solo to work.” Traffic in the larger cities causes great delays for people and that also has to play into their plans on getting there on time.

  8. This article gives a lot of insight of how jobs are changing around the world by people staying at home or going to other sights to work instead of going to the office or company building they are employed with. For the most part, I agree with this article in how jobs are changing. More and more today, you see many people who retain some sort of income from a job that is performed at home or in a sight of the persons choosing. It is really not uncommon to see many people work from home rather than at the office nowadays. There is many items that go into why people work from home. For example, commuting to work is a very big factor for many people across the U.S and the world. Some people travel long distances such as using trains or airplanes for business and others can commute an hour to two each and everyday to get to work. With the technology that is used today and the experiences that workers have with this new technology, it makes it a lot easier for workers to save the travel and work from home. Some people like their employees who work from home due to them not having an excuse not to get work done at a timely time but also to make the employees have more time to work due to the less time that they have to commute to and from work.
    There is also another very Important item with employees working from home. With the pandemic Coronavirus going around the country and the world, it is making more and more people learn how to work from home due to the government shutting down multiple different kinds of businesses. The virus as everyone knows is very contagious and since most companies involve employees socially interacting with each other for hours and hours a day, the only option for buisnesses is to close and have all employees work from home. If employees who do not usually work from home want to continue to make income, they now need to learn how to. Overall, I agree with this article and how it is normal to see people work from home nowadays. Soon with the way technology is taking over these companies, I believe all employees will have the option on if they want to work from home or not.

  9. The Ars Technica article, “The Future of work looks like staying out of the office” by Kate Cox is very relevant to present day society in the United States. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of workers and students of all ages are forced to work remotely. This pandemic has completely disrupted society and gives Americans an idea of what working remotely means. The article begins by explaining, “About 24 percent of US workers employed full-time did “some or all” of their work at home, according to the most recent federal data available.”. This quote is not surprising because employers have realized the benefits of having their employees work from home, and why it is not necessary to be in the office everyday. My mother, who works for a pharmaceutical company, works three days from home per week and loves it. She explained to me that having to go into the office two days a week relieves stress of waking up early and commuting. She also said it allows her to get stuff done around the house that she wouldn’t be able to do while at work. For most people such as my Mom, working from home does not hinder job performance, if anything improves it.

    Cox continues the article how employers save money, “Allowing employees to work remotely some or all of the time, however, not only tends to make workers happier—it actively saves employers money. If you’ve got 50 people who can work from home, to let them do so as opposed to pay for expensive real estate in major market cities—I’ve seen companies literally say, I can reduce my square footage footprint by thousands of dollars per month,” especially once the cost of utilities are factored in”. In major American cities, where office space rent is extremely expensive, having employees work from home is a beneficial decision. Also, with new technology apps, such as Zoom, employers can directly be in contact with their employees virtually. For example, since the coronavirus pandemic has moved Seton Hall on campus classes online, in BLAW we have used zoom. Zoom has worked well, is easy to use and communicate with classmates and professors.

    When I enter the workforce in a couple of years, I would be in favor of working for a company that is completely remote. As someone who enjoys being home I feel working remotely would allow me to improve my job performance. Also, I think I would just be generally happier because commuting everyday is not enjoyable.

  10. Moving online and out of the office is something that has come up recently more than ever in the news, especially with the news of the virus and people forced to work from home and no longer be in the office for an extended period of time. Working from home or online is something that is not new, and people have been doing it for years now, with the rise of technology and the nature of work nowadays. The rise of high-powered internet and better technology has allowed more and more businesses and people to go online than ever before and create a working environment that everyone can be a part of. Moving away from the traditional office workday to work from the home office and do work on your own time. Allows employers to save money on office space and other time allowing their employees to work from their homes. Especially now with the extent of the coronavirus with almost every business shut down and all of their employees stuck at home, it is important to look at how we conduct business and our ability to work from home and still be productive. Even for students now we are working from home and our ability to do so is a great asset to not only our education but for our future. I look at going online as a positive and what it means for our future of business and is similar to what the article is discussing about going online. Our future will look similar to what we are doing right now, our interviews and meetings will be through video chat. The experiences we are getting now give us a huge advantage for the future and will allow us to be proficient in all of these programs for our future use.

  11. With the corona virus forcing many Americans to pursue work and schooling from home it is now clear that the future of the American workplace will be drastically different from that of the past century. This change is no clearer than in the case of places of worship switching over to online services in during this disaster. It is obvious that in the coming decade that many Americans occupations will permanently switch over to being performed at home. Many Americans will benefit from these turn of events, whether it is from no longer having to commute to work, and gaining opportunities to work for companies regardless of their distant from an employee’s home, but what other effects can come from the increase of working from home.
    One of the biggest effects I see happening is that many office spaces in building will become empty because of the reduce need for such places. This will lead to the reduction of the construction of such buildings across the country. In the place of office buildings, other buildings such as apartment buildings might be constructed. Some office spaces will be filled up by companies that need some location to meet customers, like dentists and law firms. For many others, the entire location will have to be renovated to fulfill some other purpose such as housing. Inevitably many of these office spaces and builds will become abandoned and derelict like the many abandoned factories that could not be used for a new purpose after their old one became no longer necessary. Like these old temples of industry the American office building will become the houses ruins of a bygone era, perhaps like how some today seek the return of manufacturing to the country, in the future some might call for the return of the American office space. This might be seen more prevalent among occupations that rely on their existence, such as custodians and office security personal. But just like the factories before them, the death of the office place destined.
    One of the major benefits from have most jobs performed at home, is that their will be a reduction in the amount of harassment and sexual harassment committed to employees. Best of all employees and companies have a chance to record the instance as they occur. With employees and their manages and fellow employees being in separate locations, this prevents any of them from physically abusing each other because of the incapability to have physical contact over such distances. At the same time any video call or messages sent between employees can be record in order to make sure that no harassment is taking place. The only issue that could exist, is if a company has some amendment in their employment contract that prevent employees from record such information, if combined with a forced arbitration clause, this could allow a company to protect problematic employees from punishment. Though the information would eventual reach the public and hurt any company that allows such actions to occur. Overall this change to the workforce will help keep employees safe from such harassment and will keep businesses safe from lawsuits.

  12. Because of the recent pandemic that been effecting everything from work, to school, to the stock market on a global scale; almost our entire nation has entered into a form of telecommunication. Kate Cox’s article, “ The Future of Work Looks Like Staying Out of the Office”, applies to society today now more than ever. Cox highlights that online employment has its own “ societal benefits”, while also allowing people to do their work at the convenience of their own home. Because technology is so easily accessible these days, she claims working from home “ pays it’s own way” and will have an overall good effect on society. Personally, I have always been motivated by the concept that one day I would wake up and have a job to go to every morning. Many people may disagree with this, but I have always felt it is important to find a way to separate work from home, which is difficult if someone works from home. That being said, because of circumstances that have come with the Coronavirus, people know need to become accustomed to working from home. While Cox explained that there were certain professions that need to be done in person, these standards are quickly changing. Specifically, the jobs of teachers. Cox described that teaching needed to be done in person for a student to learn; the past week has proven the complete opposite. Now, students and teachers need to become accustomed to these conditions that limit their face to face interactions. Given the circumstances, I believe both the students and teachers are doing an excellent job adjusting. Another point Cox made was about the daily commute workers make to and from work. She explains how if more people work from home, there will be less traffic accidents and ultimately less air pollution. Because of the recent development of electric cars, I do not think this will be as much of an issue as Cox believes it will be. Overall, I think having an office or a place of work separate from home helps people be the most productive, but it is important that people prepare themselves for the alternatives.

  13. It has often occurred to me the notion that is the basis of this article; that with the capability to communicate instantaneously from any point in the world, with options for audio and video as a communication medium, begs the question as to why so many jobs are still done in an office space? As evidenced by what is happening in the world today, many are coming to the realization that remote work and learning is actually quite accessible and easy with the proper instruction and education. The main barrier with this transition is the technology aspect of remote work, many people are not accustomed to working with computers in general. The issue nowadays is that while most of the new generation is very accustomed to technology, we are not all experienced or have the same knowledge across the board. The issue with this is that most business’s and schools expect us to have the same general understanding of technology without any training or education, which sometimes leads to issues. I have seen issues with students at my local high school, who are not happy about having to take classes remotely from home. They are opposed because of the inherent change it represents, and because the expectation that everyone has a reasonably fast computer with an also reasonably sound internet connection is not feasible for lots of people still.
    While the age of remote access is definitely upon us, I feel it will still be a while before this can be integrated on a major scale. Sure, more individuals now than ever are prepared to tackle this feat, and already do so many Americans work from home. Our resistance to change is something that is inherently human, and so the switch from a traditional workstyle to working remotely is definitely a big one in terms of practice and philosophy. It is a whole new realm of business, learning, and networking that is only now beginning to be tapped on a widespread scale in America.

  14. Working from home is not a new idea but it is something that hasn’t fully taken effect for a lot of companies. For some industries working from home is not something that can be done because it is a service or needs to be handled in person. My mother is an example of someone who works for a company that could have their work done at home, but they choose to have everyone come into the office. For my mother, she doesn’t mind having to go into the office some days because it is a chance for her to get away from being home and having a new environment around her. Especially if everyone in the house is home then she feels like she can get more work done at her office than at home. Many people don’t have those same feelings they enjoy having the option of working remotely because it gives them the freedom of where they do their work. Also, if people live in very congested areas then working from home is especially good for them because they won’t have to sit in traffic for hours. They’re many pros and cons to having the option of remote work.
    With the recent outbreak of Covid-19, many companies are forced to move to remote working. Many companies were not prepared for having all of their employees working remotely. I know the company my mother works for didn’t and still doesn’t have the right equipment for working from home. The servers they have does not have the capacity to have all of their employees to work from home. They tried to upgrade their equipment but since the outbreak places don’t want their workers working and possibly spreading or contracting the virus. When everyone is working on the server it goes very slow and kicks people out because too many people are on. My mom is a manager for their database department, so she had to go into work until everyone had the right equipment at home and able to access their work from their own home. When people are able to go back to work, I think the game will be changed for businesses. The option of working remotely will be more available because people know now that it is possible. I think businesses will also see an increase in productivity while people are able to work from home. This new era of remote working was what was bound to happen but Covid-19 just sped it up for companies.

  15. This article is very interesting, it discusses a plan for the future, that some consider inevitable. Due to the constant evolution of technology, many people point to everything being done online in the future. Classes, meetings, and what this article talks about: work, will be online and not in person or in the office. Kate Cox gives both the positives and the negatives to this. I think the overall positive of shifting to telework from in office is efficiency. Workers will not have to commute long distances. Thus, decreasing the likelihood of traffic on the highways. “And the less time you spend on the road, the less likely you are to become one of the more than 36,000 people who die in auto crashes and accidents each year.” This will also help the overall environment as there will be less gas will be spread. Cox pointed out that “Transportation accounts for about 29 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions.” Companies will not have to worry about the fees and costs for having their big office buildings. This also helps companies because it gives them more options. There reach can expand and they can hire more people from different areas, due to the fact they will not be limited to looking near the area of their office. This will also help lower the national unemployment rate.
    The main negative is the lack of the natural face to face discussion that occurs. I think this is an underrated aspect in our lives. There are many conversations and moments that take place in the office that will not occur if everyone is working from home. I the quote from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is true, “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu team meetings.” Great relationships between coworkers are formed and potentially last forever. None of that is possible if they do not see each other and communicate everyday. I also do not believe that serious events and actions for company should be online. An example is firing someone, I think that is something that should be done in person, face-to-face. Important meetings, especially when it is between more than two people, should be held in person as well. I also agree with Google’s thinking. Being in person will give them a better chance of preventing confidential information from getting out.
    Even though it is on a more extreme level, the current coronavirus pandemic has given a us a glimpse what work life is like online. Nobody is in the office or traveling, they are in their homes working. It will be interesting to see what the feedback from workers is when things get back to normal. Did the enjoy and prefer it or not? As a student, I had to shift to online classes instead of in person. It has been a difficult adjustment and I prefer having in person classes.

  16. A question we must ask ourselves if where the direction of labor is heading, but if it will head there. This idea of remote working is a topic that has been debated for many years and it can not be more relevant than it is today. Due to the novel coronavirus attacking the modern world, nearly all professions had to be taken online, these include office jobs, local jobs, and schools and universities. This excludes jobs that are required to be done in person. But this now begs the question of, what jobs are essential to be performed in person? There are obvious professions such as healthcare professionals that need to assess your body, but the article also addresses judges and teachers for necessary in-person contact. I would argue, however, that the job is performable online from home. Online schooling is something that has been around for quite some time, so certainly there is something to work with here. The whole nation has been able to garner some experience regarding online schooling and although it may not be seamless currently, it is something that can be polished. This exposes somethings about the workforce and schooling. Whenever a job says that it cannot be performed from home or online, we can use our experiences today to argue that. Much of the country hasn’t made a lot of progress working online, when in reality companies can benefit from online workspaces. It may only seem impossible because it would take a mass overhaul to teach all the employees how to work on a digital workspace. In this case, progress will be made only when push comes to shove, which isn’t a good basis to work on. Companies should always be striving to improve work atmospheres especially when that new atmosphere can accommodate mentally capable employees. Having to make a daily commute can be difficult for employees with disabilities. So, to allow them to work from home not only permits those employees to save time on a commute, it allows them to work in an environment where they can be more productive. According to Entrepreneur, one Stanford study found that employees who work from home are 13% more productive compared with their in-office counterparts. Not only is productivity boosted, but the negative effects of commuting are negated. This includes pollution from transportation, time spent on the commute (which can now go towards a morning routine), and risk of being late to work. There are many platforms available for companies to meet over, as well as programs to use for asynchronous collaboration. In this modern age, any aspect that would have to be accomplished in-person is now performable online. This just proves that working online (from home), is a viable option for many jobs nowadays, it’s just a matter of integrating new technology and programs as tools in the company’s model. The disagreements regarding online work may arise from the disconnect in generational ideals. What separates generations is the technology that defined those generations. So, seeing as older generations didn’t grow up working this way it would make sense why newer technology wouldn’t be integrated into the work model. However, looking at the article, there are many ways to benefit from a home work environment so abandoning outdated practices may put some companies ahead of the curve.
    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/253896

  17. The article “The future of work looks like staying out of the office” is calling to attention if we really need to go to the office to actually work. Covid-19 is showing us that we don’t have to be at the office to work or be at school to learn. I believe this is the future but it is going to take research to see if it affects test scores and productivity if this is the way society should be focusing on. We start getting into the debate of whether people can perform better or worse in a physical workplace or at home. A Forbes article stated, ‘One of the most popularly cited studies is from 2014, in which the co-founders of Chinese travel website CTrip allowed some of their workers to work remotely on a regular basis, and compared their productivity to their office-bound counterparts. With all other factors being equal, the remote workers ended up making 13.5 percent more calls than their comparable office workers”(Alton). I can actually see people being more productive at home. For example, people are saving themselves a lot of time in the morning instead of getting up at 9:00 am at the workplace you can start at 7:00am in your bed or your desk. Furthermore, it makes their schedule more flexible. For myself, I work better when I am in my basement with my headphones with nobody to bother me. We don’t have the opportunity to socialize with our teammates like we do at the office. “According to a 2016 survey of American remote workers, about 91 percent of people who work from home feel that they’re more productive than when they’re in an office”(Alton). The workers feel more productive and if the numbers are showing that they are being more productive they should be able to work from home.

    On the other hand, there are downsides to working remotely from home. Working remotely depends on the actual task you are doing. For example, my brother is a chemical engineering major. It is a type of career where you have to be in a lab working with chemicals and interacting with the teacher. It’s just the nature of it. I am an accounting major, most of the work I do is through excel or different software and I usually learn best by just reading the book by myself and looking at videos online. Some things just do not translate well when we do it remotely from home. In addition, there are individual differences people might not like doing things online just because it’s their preference. In continuation, it is difficult to be productive and be accountable when you take an online class. It is a constant effort in perspective to keep yourself accountable.

    In short, Covid-19 is showing us that there are downsides to working from home but there are many benefits as I stated before. My personal opinion is that I rather take physical classes. It is just much easier for myself but I know and understand that working from home and online classes are the future of the world. Kate Cox, author of “The future of work looks like staying out of the office” said that companies can save money and as well as reduce carbon footprint. This concept applies to a school as well. Schools can save a lot on miscellaneous and utility expenses. Working from home is soon going to be the new norm.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryalton/2017/03/07/are-remote-workers-more-productive-than-in-office-workers/#1dd524b731f6

  18. In this article, the author brings forward the idea of what the workplace will be like in the future. It has been often theorized that one day there will be no need for brick and mortar office buildings. Instead, employees will simply work from the comfort of their own home. Although we now have the ability to make this a reality, there is not a large push to accomplish this dream despite all of the benefits discussed in the article. One of the great benefits that this could have to a business would be the ability to spend less on real estate. If all the companies’ employees work from home they will have no need for expensive office spaces in major cities. But with such great benefits, why is there not more of a push for working from home?
    In my opinion, the main reason that society does not see more people working from home is due to higher productivity in office spaces. Although it can be argued that an employee is able to get as much work done at home as they would in an office when a company is making key decisions about their future they need everyone to be on the same page. As many people know in this new age of communication, getting a message across is almost always done better face to face. When communicating through technology, a message can almost always get misinterpreted. This means that giving employees the ability to communicate in a workplace will eliminate most of the issues of miscommunication through technology. In my personal experience, when assigned group projects almost always do our group decides to meet in-person to complete the given assignment. While working on these assignments we all have the ability to communicate through technology, we are able to get our projects done more effectively in person.
    I do agree however that there will come a point in the near future where this miscommunication due to technology will become eliminated. This will make working from home a much more viable option for businesses, but I don’t think society will ever see a day where everyone can work from home. There will always be a need for a company to have an office space for its employees, and I don’t believe that technology will ever make this need to go away.

  19. Kate Cox makes some valid claims in her article about new nontraditional office jobs. While many people believed the change was going to happen slowly over the next ten years, the corona virus pandemic is moving the transition to a faster pace. With the idea of remote working going back about fifty years, we seem to be behind schedule. There are many positive effects working from home will have on our nation. With 90 % of the United States population having access to the internet and easily accessible portable technology, many jobs can be sufficiently done at home. It is not an impossible task for professionals to work from their home compared to an office 25 minutes away. There are many positives to remote working. Roughly 10 % of United Stated workers commute is more than 60 minutes to and from. Imagine all the gas being wasted and pollution in the air? Cox states in her article that “transportation accounts for about 29 percent of all US greenhouse gas emission.” Also, roughly 75 % of United States workers drive solo to work. If working from home can shrink these numbers imagine the positive effect it would have on the atmosphere. One company, Dell Inc., reports that their telework program which encourages remote work prevents 35,000 metric tons of CO2e per year. Just by having their employees operate from home. If you’re not convinced this is a great idea yet, probably because you believe climate change is a hoax, think about potentially saving your life. Car crashes would decrease if there are less drivers on the road. Cox states “more than 36,000 people” pass each year in auto crashes. If you’re not on the road as much by not commuting to work, you could save yourself from being one of the 36,000 people who tragically pass due to car accidents. The future of work is looking bright and is springing on us faster than before. With the whole world on quarantine, there is already a huge decrease in pollution and China saw a drop in car crashes because of fewer cars on the road.

  20. Many people would absolutely love the opportunity to work from home but is it really the right decision for many companies? Obviously for certain industries, like the article stated, it would be basically impossible to work for home. However, other industries are cutting out the hassle of going to the office everyday and are instead letting their employees work remotely whether that would be working at home or working somewhere else. There are pros and cons with letting people work remotely. A huge con would be that if companies let their employees work from home, employees could take advantage of this and not actually get work done but instead do things around their home while the company is paying them. One way to deter this is to monitor how much time employees are spending on work related items on their computers and if employees are not meeting the company standard then they will have their privilege to work from home taken away. Working from home requires companies to have trust in their employees and I think this would make companies take more time in hiring the right people that they know they can trust. I think companies could also try working remotely with a few employees and see how that goes before they roll it out to the entire company. This way they can see how their employees perform working remotely and they can see if it would work from them.

    While there are cons to working remotely there are a lot of pros which is why many companies are allowing more and more employees to work from home. Working from home can save companies money on office space and other costs related to having an office. Employees can save time on their commute and spend that time doing things that they enjoy or can spend that time working. Employees can save money on gas and instead of sitting in traffic twice a day, they can be doing other things that are more productive. This also allows employees to choose their own schedule. Some people enjoy getting up super early and getting work done then so they can have time later in the day to themselves and so they can spend more time with their families. Also, some employees do not have people to watch their children when they work or their daycare is very expensive. Now employees can spend more time with their younger children and can work around their children’s schedule. For example employees can take care of their young children during the day and then they can work later at night from home. Also, if they have children who are in school they can stay at home and work while they are at school and can pick their kids up from the bus or from school which gives employees more time with their families. This will increase employee productivity in my opinion because employees will be happier and will enjoy working for their company more because their company is flexible for them. Overall, I think working from home is good for employees and if companies can trust their employees not to take advantage, more and more companies should work from home. With COVID taking centerstage right now, many companies will have the opportunity to test working from home.

  21. While we have seen an increase in technology, we have also seen the trend of more people working from their homes. The internet gives us the opportunity to complete tasks related to work on our own time so we have less obligations such as emails, or payments. Is it reasonable to conclude that we will see an increase in this over the next several years as technology ability exponentially grows? The answer is looking like a yes considering many of the technological equipment needed to run a business can be set up in your own home. Home offices are becoming increasingly popular for non essential businesses that do not provide hospitality to customers. I think this current pandemic we are facing will give us a good realization of how much we can actually accomplish in the setting we are presented with. I do agree that remote work “enhances the quality of work life for telecommuters” and for people who have difficulty commuting to work because it saves money and does not bring about much stress. Less commuting could mean less congestion in major U.S cities which will result in less time traveling and more production from the home office. More than 36k people die from automobile accidents every year and limiting these trips due to work may give you a better chance to avoid these tragic situations. Less commuting will have a tremendous positive effect on our planet due to the less greenhouse gas emissions and less gas being sold to run these automobiles. As more opportunities arise online for employment, many people are being recognized for their online and web skills, allowing them to practice their craft at home and they can improve their skills essentially whenever they’d like. Companies have the opportunity to save a lot of money by buying a smaller piece of property and have employees do most work from home in attempt to save costs. As the workforce continues to shrink, the amount of telecommuters has risen and this represents a trend that will keep multiplying until most business activities are handled online. The time spent commuting to work comes with a lot of negatives such as wasting productive time, spending unreasonable money on trains, gas, and bringing harm to our planet. Finding away to use the technology available at home will benefit you in many ways and have a positive effect on your happiness. Employees see telecommuting as a way to improve their quality of life without sacrificing their income.

  22. This article was interesting and relevant considering what is going on in the world today with the COVID-19. The virus is spreading so rapidly and is so fatal that businesses and colleges across the world have been shut down. Students and employees deemed non-essential are working from in order to stay away from the sickness. However, even before the coronavirus people were already working from home more and more. Jobs were giving employees the option of splitting their work at home or at the office. It is said to have an increase in productivity when this option is given and taken. It has been proven that when employees have the chance to be more flexible in their work they are likely to perform better in their work. Not only that but money and time are saved because the commute is no longer needed. However, sometimes it is best to work at the office because there are fewer distractions there and because the office is made for working. At home, there are so many distractions, such as family and house chores. I personally believe that it is difficult working from home because I do not see the home as a place to work. I see the home as a place to relax and enjoy spending time with your family. There is always the trouble of having to separate the relaxation of home from working from your home. I think working from home is for people who have the ability to focus no matter what is going on around them. As this transition happens from working at an office to working at home, businesses will opt out of owning or renting large offices but instead have small offices that rotate employees on certain days. This is probably what will happen, it will even save the businesses money which will make the idea even more attractive to business owners.

  23. The pandemic definitely changed the way in which the world works. Before the pandemic, people either went to work or worked from home. Once the pandemic hit, governors issued stay at home orders and many companies had to close its doors until they got the word that it was okay to open again. As doors closed, some people were able to work from home. Now that many people are working from home, studies have found that workers are more happy and productive. The author writes “ The American Psychological Association last year published an article finding that, in the right situations, “Employees who telecommute tend to be slightly more satisfied, and their performance tends to be the same or a little who” than those who commute to work” (Cox). Working from home may just be what the future is like.
    The author of this article, highlights some of the benefits from working from home. For example, by working from home you can get an extra hour or so of sleep and save money. According to the article “ Ten percent of US workers commute more than 60 minutes each way per day” (Cox). Working from home saves you money as you do not have to drive your car everyday and if you don’t have a car it’s not a problem. You do not have to spend money on public transportation. Not to mention, you can leave a smaller carbon footprint.
    More companies should allow workers to work from home. Dell, for one is an example. According to the text, Dell released a report stating that “the company estimates its telework programs prevent 35,000 metric tons of CO2e per year as compared to having the whole workforce commute” (Cox) By offering remote work, companies are able to attract workers by giving themselves a name. Not to mention, telecommuters offer opportunities for those with disabilities. By law, the EEOC requires that workplaces that have more than 15 employees are to offer reasonable accommodation and remote work is an example.
    Although the article mentions that good ideas could come from being physically inside the office, I would still prefer to work from home. If given the opportunity I would take a job like that in a heartbeat. In my business law class, we learned about contracts and the ethics of business. I would even suggest that if companies were to offer remote work, they could include business ethics in contracts.

  24. Shannon Web Blog:

    This article “The future of work looks like staying out of the office” could not be more relevant than it is in today’s world. Ever since the pandemic came into effect, the world shut down. Schools, churches, offices, restaurants, and many other important staple stores in our lives shut down. The only places that were open if needed were essentials and they were far and few from each other. Unfortunately, many people did have to work during this time in essential places. However, MANY people were able to have the luxury of working from home, or online from a remote location. During this time, before and currently, it is more important than ever to be distancing yourself from others and staying safe. Working from home may seem like a bonus, but to some it’s horrible. Some people get all their work done fast and efficiently, however, there are also the ones who get NOTHING done due to their home life situation. Kids, pets, family members can all be a huge distraction when trying to get important work done. These are all things to remember, especially for a business owner. If they decide to move their business virtual, for the time being, they have to expect laziness and less efficiency.
    Working from home can relieve office stress. Office stress can include the commute (most people commute very far to get to and from work each day), money and expenses on work attire, transportation costs (tolls, gas, car expenses, etc.), and also the work environment (could be negative to cause stress). Some jobs as mentioned in the blog, are not meant to be remote. For example, it is very difficult for a teacher to teach kindergarten at home when trying to teach little children to interact and become social with one another. This is taking a step backward, and homeschooling can be a huge strain on parents. “Roughly a quarter of us are already doing at least some work remotely”. This statement is scary but true. Since the beginning of the pandemic, remote work has just been on the rise, not so much a decrease quite yet. Some jobs have returned, but not all. As for some, they decided not to send their workers back at all and are looking to be all remote.
    I believe in the future, this will encourage businesses nationwide to rethink and reconsider their expenses and employee locations. I think that instead of renting or owning large offices and buildings inexpensive parts of the world or cities, businesses will begin renting smaller offices to save on rent/mortgage expenses. It can also be a possibility that with smaller offices, the business will not have enough space for all employees. This will give them the freedom and flexibility to work from home instead of the office. Employees can be permanently remote or rotate with others to gain experience remotely or through the office setting.
    It is scary yet exciting to see what is yet to come in our future. Not only the world around us but the business and environmental factors that come along with it. Businesses from home can change a lot for themselves and the environment too. Great blog!

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