by Levin Winse, Fast Co. Magazine, 4/3/23.
… Today’s average worker craves flexibility. Even if they don’t want to work exclusively from the comforts of their own home—or even at city cafes or beachside Airbnbs—they at least want to have the option to work remotely part time. This type of flexibility is rapidly becoming something that today’s tech workers won’t compromise on.
Of course, Elon Musk revealed what’s likely behind many executives’ fear of remote work in a tweet responding to critics of his return-to-office policy at Tesla over the summer, stating “they should pretend to work somewhere else.”
Every white-collar professional reading this understands the massive misconception about tech workers seeking flexibility and remote work options. The vast majority of professionals aren’t interested in finding a way to slack off at work—in fact, it’s quite the opposite. By eliminating time-eating commutes and minimizing in-office distractions, workers are able to make the most of their work hours while also knowing they won’t miss their evening workout or family dinner due to crazy traffic.
… Remote work opens up cross-border work opportunities, empowering companies to recruit new talent from across the globe, further emphasizing the disadvantage that anti-remote work companies are creating for themselves.
For small startups, isolated teams, or branches, selecting a remote work model could make sense from a purely financial standpoint, too. Companies can save almost $6,000 per employee annually by shutting down or downsizing physical offices, according to a Lemon.io report. These savings don’t even begin to factor into the money saved on utilities, maintenance, office supplies, and equipment. And let’s not forget snacks, coffee, and tea, which adds up to another $1,300 per employee.
Read more at … https://www.fastcompany.com/90866203/why-ceos-who-see-remote-work-as-a-perk-have-it-all-wrong
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