April 2, 2021

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM

HOW UBI RESTORES THE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY:

The staying power of the stay-at-home economy (Erica Pandey, 4/02/21, Axios)

Remote work has become the ultimate privilege, giving those who can work from home sovereignty over time and place, Reeves says. Going to work every day used to be something of an equalizer. The pandemic dismantled that.

Remote office workers can come and go as they please, spend more time with family, or even work from exotic locations. In-person workers, who tend to be lower-skilled and lower-income, still have to deal with the rigidity of clocking in and clocking out -- and juggling child care, health care and life around it.

For example, the Ford Motor Company recently announced all of its office workers can telework as often as they like. But all of the workers in production don't have that option.

"We're going to keep seeing this growth of home being the epicenter of life," says Zara Ingilizian, an expert on the future of consumption at the World Economic Forum.