This woman explains why we need work from home and how we can make it better.
Remote work became the only option for many companies and employees during the pandemic as the world went into lockdown. While the world has been reopened for a while, some companies still offer remote work and many employees are also opting for remote work, changing the dynamic of the workplace for good. There has been a recent push to get all employees back to the office, leading to criticism and outrage, primarily from employees. While some people say working from home saves us time and energy that would go into commuting to our office, others argue that working from an office can increase productivity as there is no disturbance and a singular focus on work. The prospect of working from home can also help people living in remote areas to have better jobs and make up for a lot of pitfalls of the traditional forms of work. For this reason, one Twitter user, @HanaMichels, explained why working from home is essential and it's resonating with many people.
Remote work is essential for many Americans. It helps us be with family. It helps some of us who are disabled. Instead of fighting against it, we just need a few things to accommodate it:— Hana (@HanaMichels) June 7, 2023
In her tweet, she wrote, "Remote work is essential for many Americans. It helps us be with family. It helps some of us who are disabled. Instead of fighting against it, we just need a few things to accommodate it." She wrote further, "Free national wifi option. Laws against corporate monopolies in residential neighborhoods. Easier deduction of home office expenses, including a % of rent and benefits for 1099 or self-employed workers. Employers to iron out 'do not disturb' hours by residential time zone. Global wage transparency and human translators who know the lingo of the said business sector, if employees have a language barrier. AI doesn't cut it yet. Must provide full salary, employment and benefits to demand ANY in-office hours (and if necessary, moving expenses)."
- Global wage transparency and human translators who know the lingo of said business sector if employees have a language barrier. AI doesn't cut it yet.— Hana (@HanaMichels) June 7, 2023
- Must provide full salary, employment and benefits to demand ANY in-office hours (and if necessary, moving expenses.)
She concluded her post with, "To those of you who say this will never happen - I know. But our economy is poised to be in shambles without basic changes as technology and lifestyles change. I didn't even mention UBI, but someday that'll be necessary (and no, not the Yang model, awful model for UBI)."
It is true that having wifi available and getting a home office expense can further increase the productivity of remote workers. And, do not disturb hours help create a healthy workspace, wherein they can balance their personal lives and work. In 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on employment, "Remote work has shown to be an accessible option for people with disabilities and has helped them find and maintain employment, according to Josh Basile, a Maryland-based lawyer and community relations manager for accessible, a Web-based accessibility hub. There is no hiding the fact that thanks to the pandemic, remote work played a key role in the rising statistics of workers with disabilities," Basile said. "Remote work is a great reasonable accommodation for both workers with and without disabilities."
According to research by Enterprise Rise Today, "Around the world, 65% of employees are willing to become full-time remote workers. Remote employees are 13% more likely to stay in the same job than onsite employees. 57% of the remote workers are more likely to mark their job as satisfied than onsite employees resulting in 50%. 81% of employees said they would be loyal to their employer if remote opportunities are offered." Given these positive effects of remote work, we must consider giving remote employees what the Twitter user has discussed.