RT @balajis: Twitter is a $23B tech company going full remote.
Wordpress and Gitlab and others have been pioneers. But now the dam breaks.
Tech will decentralize out of the SF Bay Area. https://t.co/kemBy3zXPr
Been debating with my sister over this article: for the new # of remote employees who are presumably in their 20s & 30s w no children...would this really result in people moving away from cities? Why is this such an accepted assumption on my TL?
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If Corona turns out to have no vaccine, and becomes an ever present danger lurking in the background, a lot of things in our western world are going to have to change permanently, and if that starts with office work being done at home, that's great. On several fronts.
More people can choose to live further from cities, reducing the strain on those cities, and hopefully bringing property prices back down to levels that the poorer people who can't work from home can actually afford.
Less commuting means less polluting; we've all seen the astounding change to air quality in cities across the world during lockdown. Imagine if this could be maintained by letting a huge chunk of people work from home?
Better physical and mental health in workers. Many studies show not just an increase in efficiency when working from home, but also a greater sense of happiness and well being, with far fewer sick days taken.
The only real obstacle is to get this through to the tiny office middle management autocrats who think that working from home = shirking (you know, those managers who, during lockdown, you can't get hold of for half the day even though their planners are empty?)
I think less and less people will be driving to work going forward. Remote meetings, people getting used to not driving etc. I think it will have a serious effect on the fossil fuel industry. Of course people will be using a little more electricity at home working there but far less than running offices and commuting to work combined. At least in London, UK we have all got very comfortable with the lack of traffic, fumes, noise, pollution, road deaths etc. I’m not saying ‘yay Corona’ or anything but this situation has shifted behaviour to such an extent that I think people may not return to their prior behaviour. If other big corps follow suit with Twitter it could have a knock on effect globally and we could see a significant reduction is petrol usage.
Honestly I hope this work from home thing is one of the things that is pushed to become the norm for any job that’s able to. Like why should someone drive to work polluting and waste there time when they can do there work from home and be fine. I’m sure some people would take advantage of that at first but they would get fired and it would work itself out.
I think we’ll see companies allowing a couple days of WFH weekly, but not many that go entirely remote. It may result in smaller spaces for offices though, because two people could share a workstation if they were in the office on different days. That way the company still saves some money on space, but also allows people to work together and have a company culture.