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Discussion on: 5% privilege tax for working remotely?

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Javier Salcedo

Funny how there are a lot of arguments surrounding remote working.
Some say remote workers should be paid more, other say less.
Some say they are privileged, like DB here, and others say they are actually exploited. 🤔

I guess for each person it's different.

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There are always 2 sides of the coins. For me nothing beats face to face communication, productivity is 2x better than any form of remote communication including video etc.

While I do agree that remote workers can save the commute time and thus may work longer, I would argue that most team work suffer more or less. So if your work require lots of collaboration, you may see your productivity going down as a whole.

At our company, we have implemented work from home even before the pandemic. However, people are still encouraged to go to the office certain days of the week for meeting, discussion, and training.

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🦄N B🛡

Seems pretty balanced. Glad it's working for you, and that you're not advocating for the imposition of some kind of universal rule.

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Chad Perrin

Whenever I hear about team collaboration suffering, I wonder how much of that is just a result of it taking time for people to adjust to a different manner of working. I don't mean just individuals adjusting, either; I'm talking about the tools people use, their processes for collaboration, and so on. Corporations have to adjust over time, too.

I suspect that, for many kinds of collaborative work involving intangible work product, remote work will ultimately prove much more efficient and effective, once the technologies, techniques, and work cultures catch up.

There's also the fact that, in an "in person" office work culture as we've had for decades, introverts probably get shunted aside more, and thus don't get jobs as easily, even when they're very competitive workers. As remote work becomes more prevalent, introverts will probably have an easier time getting the same work for the same pay, and they'll contribute to increased work efficiency and effectiveness for remote teams -- which leads to the thing most people don't really talk about:

Different people work better in different environments.

Offices for cases where it makes sense to have a bunch of extraverts get together and collaborate in person would be great to maintain.

Working from home can help bring more work efficiency and effectiveness into the economy by applying the leverage currently lost by systemic biases against introverts who tend to be better at different things.

Remote work of other various sorts can enhance the value of both introverts and extraverts, and have different effects on different types of jobs.

There's a common bias against remote work of almost any kind, apart from stuff like travelling salesmen. Culture needs to overcome this, and crap like DB's recommendation of taxing remote workers is just probably, mostly, just some BS that ultimately arises from that cultural bias. If we want to improve the world, we need to overcome such biases and do what works.