Also, this title should have a 'Ask HN'.
Yes, I find huge value in flexible work times. Yes I find huge value in ability to work remote. But there is a lot more to most business than just implementing code. Those components are hard to do well with remote only (IMHO). Especially so if there is a physical component to the business/product.
Personally I like the human interaction and I like the separation of work and home.
Really wish the government would start forcing employers to pay employees for their average commute times. Would really encourage allowing remote work or relocation into smaller residential areas. It's hard to fathom why being stuck in traffic isn't considered work. Certainly feels like it.
I understand your sentiment, but why is it that government coercion is necessary? You're allowed to run your own businesses as you see fit. If you work for someone else and don't like the arrangement, then fix it.
(I've seen companies try to get around this by having people commute directly from home to the client site and then claiming that was their normal "commute")
So just redefine "duty station" from "office" to "place of residence."
After all, the commute is being done for the company's benefit, not the employee.
It's a lot easier to point out what businesses are doing wrong than to start and run your own "the right way".
Software engineering or programming, whatever you want to call it is a social thing.
It gets tedious and lonely when the nerdiest person I know around me is me. I can't even talk to my friends or family about the clever hacks I did because they couldn't begin to understand the complexity. I mean, sure, I give dumbed down versions all the time: but they're always met with a customary pat on the back (with a smile) and we move onto another topic that we all know very well.
Maybe I’m an outlier, but at the company I built there is VERY little office politics. Most of us work onsite most of the time, but most of us also work remote sometimes. Some of my colleagues are about 50/50 in the office. We try to coordinate similar remote schedules to maximize in person communication when people are in the office.
We seem to be doing well with most engineers staying at least 5 years and many staying over 15.
But when your performance is tracked empirically for everyone in the organization to see, everyone knows how much you're worth.
I hate commuting as well, but I also feel super unsafe in my country. An acquaintance of mine was running an educational platform online teaching basic and advanced blockchain development courses; their offices were raided because our federal government's investigative wing saw "Bitcoin". Every RTI requires a lawsuit to compel compliance. And so on.
Need to devise a system where programmers are paid base on deliveries and not time.
It's also more fair to be paid base on deliveries instead of time.
Suddenly, doing remote work and feeling like a shut-in is so much more comfortable.
Aaah you wan't to eat there and live in THAT part of town, and go on that holiday, and participate in those rituals, and get to that position in that company. Now you have to work 5 days a week.
Why isn't it more common for people to live on 2days/week work instead of 5days/week?
And I mean lots of people, and without the current stigma of "living in a van by the river" or the niche "tiny house" people" who have been accused of wanting the cost of living in a trailer park without the stigma of it - well, why shouldn't they want that? And .. why shouldn't everyone want basic housing and food, for a basic price, as a normal thing to do?
Well it's pretty much implied. Not all industries can survive with employees working 2days/week. It would require 2.5x more employees to get the same number of worker hours in a 5 day period if every worker was limited to 2 days of work. Each of those workers would presumably be paid/compensated enough during those 2 days to be able to not only survive but also have disposable income (~2.5x pay per day in those 2 days). So 2.5x more workers, all making 2.5x pay/day each. It would be incredibly expensive and likely cause massive inflation.
The only way it might be feasible is with some redistribution of wealth.
A lot of organizations don't have the resources to do that, so time in seat and making sure your workers seem productive is a decent alternative.
A lot of the inertia to remote work I've seen was mainly about managerial ego/job security rather than any actual logistical challenge.
He was also a smooth-talking backstabbing insert choice curse word here. But that's a story for another day.
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