The Future of Telecommuting
Yonatan Zunger

How many cars will this get off the road and how much pollution will be truncated as a result? The ecological benefits could be tremendous, especially when remote workers are capable of using renewable energy at home. How many automotive accidents will be averted simply by so many vehicles not being present on the roads? How many people who need to be physically present will no longer have stressful obstructions preventing them from getting to work efficiently (traffic, etc.)? How much discretionary income will people save from spending on gas to spend in other sectors of the economy?

The time saved by telecommuting can and will be used for individual whole-health: from sleeping more effectively, to having time for exercising without being rushed, to personal growth tasks such as taking up meditation, or reading more, or picking up learning something from an e-delivery course on Udemy|Coursera|[Your favorite learning platform]. More time to spend with your family…

The benefits for working telecommute are manifold and come at the price of business owners and managers giving up what they should have never had: too much control over their employees’ lives. And there are proven metrics that can be used to determine if employees are getting work done or not. They vary from industry to industry, but they all have one thing in common: employees have work to do that produce RESULTS. Evaluate the employees on the results they product, not the time they spend doing the job.

The only major hurdle right now to mass adoption of telecommuting boils down to one term: Tax Nexus. Rather than go on a diatribe about this heinous evil, I’ll allow the readers to do their own research.

One thing to note, there are major employee costs associated with moving to avoid employers being bound by Tax Nexuses. Relocation is expensive because of registering cars, getting new IDs, and searching for new dwellings. If you have pets, you have to do all kinds of other registrations, and you have to itemize all your belongings to ensure you don’t transport anything illegal into the new county where you will be living. Having federal protection to minimizing these kinds of impediments and encouragement for allowing remote work across state lines could grow our job force and fill vacant positions with talent that would otherwise be unavailable. Employers can hire immediately rather than waiting for an employee to pack-up, displace their family, and arrive at their new home.

As for the statement about accessibility to remote work, there is a growing trend of co-working spaces that will satisfy this need. I’m not sure what you mean by “standards of hardware” for telecommuting. Any computer can be used for all the tools for telecommuting, all you need is an internet connection, which are not hard time find in our ubiquitous world of internet cafes or the afore mentioned co-working spaces. And, most companies that support telecommuting provide hardware when the employee does not already have (or even if they do). As the need for more ubiquity grows, so to will the offerings from co-working spaces and internet cafes, the economy will adapt.

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