“Four years later, self-driving cars are still years away from saving us from ourselves. But remote work has surged in a way that even its most ardent proponents couldn't have predicted.” businessinsider.com/wfh-expe…

Dec 30, 2021 · 10:43 PM UTC

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“Tens of millions of Americans are working from home, often for the first time, discovering the arrangement's surprising benefits, even amid all the misery of the pandemic. And they've been hounding their managers for answers so they can start planning their post-COVID-19 lives.
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“Should they re-sign the lease on their $3,000 studio in San Francisco? Can they move to Hawaii? Which school should they enroll their kids in this fall?
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“Desperate for advice, many companies have turned to Bloom. He was not only one of the few economists who had ever studied remote work before 2020 but also already in Silicon Valley's backyard teaching at a university that's basically synonymous with the tech industry.
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“Since last spring, Bloom, 47, has presented his research on remote work to about 100 managers at companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Intel, and ServiceNow. To better advise them, he has also conducted a number of surveys during the pandemic.
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“One in three American workers, he has found, are preparing to keep working from home in some capacity post-pandemic.
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“That would quadruple the time employees spend at home to 22% of all workdays — a massive shift away from the office that Bloom said would have taken 20 years without the pandemic.”
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