(Opinion) Biden Wants Workers To Go Back To The Office And Stop Remote Working

Jake Wells

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President Biden is ready for workers to go back to work and stop working remotely. For the second time over the course of the last week, President Biden urged for an end to remote work, framing the much-delayed return to the office for millions of white-collar workers as a necessary move for the United States to advance past the pandemic.

“Because of the progress we’ve made fighting COVID, Americans can not only get back to work, but they can go to the office and safely fill our great downtown cities again,” Biden said during remarks from the White House that touched on February’s encouraging job numbers, where the unemployment rate in the United States is now at 3.8 percent. (source)

“Most Americans can remove their masks, return to work and move forward safely,” the president said. The real question is whether or not employers--and employees--will comply with this request.

Gas prices have increased to over four dollars per gallon in over ten states. (source) When you factor in the cost of gas and the time spent commuting, plus the wear and tear on vehicles, and the health factors, it has never cost Americans more on their commute to and from the office. Knowing that many positions can be completely virtual, why does the President have such a hard, fast stance on remote workers? When the choice is between spending more time doing what you want to do and spending more time fighting traffic, it is easy to see why this request will see a lot of push back from many employees.

What do you think about working remotely?

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