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Thu Jun 23, 2022, 01:21 AM

An idea to combat high gas prices. Encourage companies to allow their workers to Work From Home.

For those workers that can, they should be encouraged to work from home. This will lower the demand for gas which should result in lower prices for everyone.

There's no reason to force everyone to burn $5/gal of gas to commute to work just so they can sit in useless in-person meetings all of which can be done easier on a Zoom call.

This would go farther to fight inflation than raising interest rates or causing a recession.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 03:36 AM

1. A lot of companies are still doing this after initiating it due to Covid.

At least I know people who are still working from home - with no end in sight. And I agree, this makes sense.

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Thu Jun 23, 2022, 04:55 AM

2. That is partly whats driving the prices now

Plus everyone found out how much money is lost across the board when people, especially in large urban areas, work from home. There was fear during the pandemic of office space being abandoned to the point there would be buildings never occupied again. Similar to the fall of malls after online purchasing. You take that out, you take out hundreds of businesses that rely on that office traffic. You remove that suburban traffic that supported so many businesses on the outskirts of the cities. The economic impact of everyone working from home if they can do their job from home is huge, basically crippling. Especially to true small business owners.

I personally think if possible, people should work from home if they can and if they choose. There is so much from a social aspect that could be gained especially families with kids. It would be huge in reducing auto emissions not to mention stress on infrastructure for cities. I think it would improve the work life balance (that so many corporations try to shove up employees ass today) of people and improve mental health in general. It could really regenerate the rural areas of this country that have been left in the dust of progress over the last 50 years. It could possibly open opportunities for small business, I mean real small business's, that would never have been there.

I can tell you from experience, I worked either 35 miles from my home or I was on the road working for 20 years and it pretty much sucked, especially the 3 to 4 hour total commute when I wasn't on the road. I got a job in 2013 that allowed me to work from home 90% of the time. It was life changing, seriously.

Of course there are jobs you can't do from home. I'm currently self employed and it's 50/50 home travel. Elon Musk recently shit canned a ton of employees that were working from home. I get the part that there is something to be said about personal interaction in the workplace. But if people can do their jobs from home and if you just want to be dick then tell them they gotta come in once or twice a week/month and stroke your ego.

The ultimate point is how do we move from a traffic jam that generates frustration and anger, to a freeway that one can travel the speed limit 24/7. People working from home saves so much money, it reduces emissions, it offers opportunities in areas that have been left out, it really would reduce urban sprawl if it became even part of the norm thereby reducing infrastructure stress on big cities, those that have to be on the job would see a reduction in the urban traffic jams, which trust me that's a frustration that ends up killing people. Urban areas and everyplace in general would see a reduction in pollution, an increase in air quality. Sure there'd be losers and winners. Change causes that. But I think citizens would be more on the winning end overall.

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