While the coronavirus continues its spread, some workers across the country are still working from home. But, some companies are now eyeing a return to the office, while others are keeping a hybrid option. Many executives want workers to return to their offices – and greater corporate control – as soon as possible. But in the face of worker shortages, other companies are willing to let their employees keep working from home if they want. Still other firms are bringing home workers into the office for just a day or two a week.
Class discussion: Would you rather work – or take classes – at home or go to an office or school every day? Why? Is spending time with your colleagues worth the additional supervision by a boss or instructor? How is working or taking classes at home easier or more difficult? Will working from home become more or less common in the future? What type of jobs can be performed at home? What jobs can’t? Do you think you will have a job that you can do at home? Historically, people often lived and worked in the same place. When and why did that change?