NoDesk: Issue #179

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).


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The Winners of Remote Work

Dror Poleg | The New York Times

There are already examples of how gains are captured by the few and not the many.

Don’t Force People to Come Back to the Office Full Time

Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis | Harvard Business Review

Employees want to work from home 2.5 days a week on average, according to a monthly survey of 5,000 Americans. Desires to work from home and cut commuting have strengthened as the pandemic has lingered, and many have become increasingly comfortable with remote interactions.

New Life and Work Choices Revitalize Exurbs, Bringing New Strains

Cameron McWhirter, Paul Overberg | The Wall Street Journal

Lower costs and the ability to do jobs remotely draw throngs from cities and close-in suburbs, in particular to the southeast.

Remote Work Shows Us How Dependent We've Become On Offices To Live Our Lives

Ed Zitron | Where's Your Ed At?

We simply spend more time working, or commuting to work, living in places that are convenient for work, so that we can go to work and do work. Whatever we considered a community to be - a collection of neighbors and local businesses - has become dissolved through a combination of big chains eating up local mom ‘n’ pop stores and the vast, ever-increasing cost of real estate.

The remote work argument has already been won by startups

Alex Wilhelm | TechCrunch

I’ve been on a huge number of calls with startup founders since the onset of COVID-19, and in the last few quarters, it seems that nearly every time I talk to an early-stage company they have a remote, distributed team. Some of these startups were literally founded during the COVID era, so it makes sense. But the trend is broader than just those firms.

What If People Don’t Want 'A Career?'

Charlie Warzel | Galaxy Brain

In all of my reporting on the future of work, one of the most interesting and potentially profound trends is the growing skepticism around ‘careers.’

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