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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
Member Since: Thu Dec 02, 2021
In Reply To
Would be Watcher

Location: Canada
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Subj: Re: Elon Musk says no to telework
Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2022 at 08:50:11 am EDT (Viewed 139 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Elon Musk says no to telework
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2022 at 09:13:04 pm EDT (Viewed 153 times)


    For some reason he seems to imply people doing telework are not truly working. Which is strange since the general concensus was telework actually increased productivity.

Yup. Musk is old-fashioned and just plain wrong on this question.

    Telework cost nothing to employers (can easily argue it has potential to save money), while often increasing happiness and productivity. Not taking full advantage of it whenever possible is stupid.

Yup. I look forward to the day when major companies start shutting down office buildings because they don't need them any more. What we're already seeing is start-ups going fully remote from day one. They ask themselves the obvious question: "Why should I pay for office space in a 21st century world?"

    I kinda get the jealousy argument some try to spin (some workers can do telework while others can't), but it quickly fall apparts when they try to compare drastically different type of work to make their point. Of course the person that clean the office can't telework the vaccuum cleaning part. But if you envy other type of tasks and the perks that comes with it you should work toward changing your job instead of making everybody miserable because you resent them having priviledge you can't have. I mean, I can envy teachers' summer vacations, but if I'm not willing to become a teacher I have no business expecting the perks they have (along with the bads).

Yup. Some professions will have to show up in person for a long time to come; e.g., surgeons, airline pilots, and chefs. But who knows? A hundred years from now, maybe even these professions will be pursued remotely. Surgery is already moving in this direction for special circumstances. The principle should be, "If you can work remotely, do it."

    I can totally understand people who had to do 2 hours commutes everyday not wanting to get back to it for no other reasons than the boss being a control freak or others being jealous. I have an hybrid schedule now I and won't go back to a full schedule at the office period. I'm happier, more available and productive than ever and it cost my employer less than before because I do more from a distance rather than move in person everywhere.

Yup. Forward ever, backward never!

    We operated perfectly well like that for 2 years so it's not like we are in unknown territory.

Yup. The experiment has been done. The results are in. Reams of data are now available. Old-fashioned control freaks and resentful whiners need to get with the program because they no longer have a leg to stand on.

    To me, telework is a gift to employees who like it and employers too.

Yup. I predict the day is coming when companies will refuse to let their people not telecommute.

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