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March 6, 2024

Is telecommuting (working from home) more beneficial than traditional office work for society?




Total votes: 7

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  1. Ruba Al-baddawi
    90

    I think the productivity may be way less

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  2. CheerfulMagpie
    114

    I think it depends. I do agree with the previous comment that productivity has the potential to be way less. An employee could slack off and get easily distracted. This could negatively affect the …Read MoreI think it depends. I do agree with the previous comment that productivity has the potential to be way less. An employee could slack off and get easily distracted. This could negatively affect the profitability and success of US businesses. On the other hand, it has the potential to be better for the worker. It could potentially increase job satisfaction amongst employees. It would allow them to work in a less stressful and more informal environment. This could potential make them happier at their job. I think that overall it depends on the type of business and the personality of the employee. Read Less

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  3. GraciousElephant5
    104

    I do not think working from home would be profitable for society. Given that humans are social animals by nature, taking away such an important aspect of work-life may be negatively impactful for the …Read MoreI do not think working from home would be profitable for society. Given that humans are social animals by nature, taking away such an important aspect of work-life may be negatively impactful for the workspace, workers, and society overall. Additionally, as pointed out in the comments, productivity is likely to drop. Read Less

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  4. FearlessHusky1
    117.5

    I think it depends. On the one hand telecommuting can eliminate barriers for getting a job, specially for people with low mobility or other types of challenges.

    On the other hand, I think …Read MoreI think it depends. On the one hand telecommuting can eliminate barriers for getting a job, specially for people with low mobility or other types of challenges.

    On the other hand, I think telecommuting makes it a lot harder to clock off work and keep a healthy work-life balance.

    I think there is another issue with telecommuting that was made evident during the pandemic regarding heterosexual couples and children. With both parents working from home, the responsibility of taking care of children would fall, in many cases, exclusively on women. This put working mothers at a disadvantage as they had to work 2 jobs at the same time.

    So all in all, telecommuting could be beneficial as long as we learn as a society to respect boundaries, maintain healthy work-life balance and share household/child rearing responsibilities. Read Less

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  5. CuriousLion4
    10

    I think telecommuting can be convenient for most but I don’t think it it is beneficial for the work force. Individuals who work form home might be productive towards the beginning of the shift in …Read MoreI think telecommuting can be convenient for most but I don’t think it it is beneficial for the work force. Individuals who work form home might be productive towards the beginning of the shift in settings but overtime I think being in the home takes a negative toll on the worker. I personally experienced this when I started working from home during the pandemic and I felt clustered and less productive because I was in my home. Especially because other distractions were nearby such as my bed, my couch and my TV.

    The lack of supervision plays into the mitigated of productivity because individuals feel more comfortable doing things not accepted in a work setting such as cookign while on a call, talking to others in between calls, ect. Read Less

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  6. SEM99
    18

    I think it depends on the circumstance. As someone else mentioned here earlier, telecommuting can eliminate barriers for people with disabilities who may not be able to work in an office environment. …Read MoreI think it depends on the circumstance. As someone else mentioned here earlier, telecommuting can eliminate barriers for people with disabilities who may not be able to work in an office environment. Therefore it can increase our labor force. On the other hand, working from home is not for everyone. As someone who has an in-person job, having face-to-face communication builds strong relationships and leads to more productive conversations. I also feel less distracted working in-person than behind a screen for hours at a time. Read Less

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