1. Commuting to the Office
If you have been working from home for the past two years, you and everyone else has discovered that it works.
I fully understand that there is a benefit to interacting with your co-workers in person, but that doesn’t outweigh the benefits of remote working, especially when there’s no loss in productivity. Everyone can always get together in person for certain quarterly meetings or customer visits without having to make a daily commute a thing.
World governments locking everyone down for two years led to demonstrating to all that it is completely possible to manage companies, careers, and complex work without having to waste 20 hours a week commuting by train or driving up and down some highway, just so you can sit in a cubicle all day, eat out everyday at some quick lunch restaurant, or worse eat at your desk.
City mayors around the country really really want people to come back to the office because it was these workers who drove city economies, especially the downtowns of the world. But if there is no actual work or productivity benefit, you’re much better off working from home or some remote location of your choice.
Today’s people’s home offices are pretty established and functional. Modern homes are even built with home offices now.
Besides the fact that it now makes no practical sense to return to the office to do many of today’s jobs (especially in tech), working from home (WFH), or working from anywhere (WFA) is better for you, your kids, your schedule, your commute, your wallet, and your control over your life.
To think that masses of people used to spend 50–60 hours a week working in some remote building like a kid in elementary school seems almost unfathomable today.
Here’s a pretty good article on it over on Vox: