There is much more to discuss on this topic:

1)An obvious benefit for most is cost savings (car, gas, probably clothing). Going to the office every day is expensive

2) For families with children in remote learning, working remotely was necessary but I'd argue for most that is has been quite stressful

3) For employers it is much tougher to create a "corporate culture" and high engagement. F2F interactions is critical to both. I've managed large groups, some of whom worked remotely and that was an issue, especially for the remote workers

4) Remote work allows people to live where they want--as you mentioned. This helps those that are not aligned with the political imprimaturs of their current residence move to places better suited to them. BUT, they may end up altering all the qualities of the more rural/smaller community for the worse.

5) My prediction--this will accelerate provision of high speed internet to rural communities and most businesses will migrate from all remote to remote work 3-4 days/week and at least 1-2 days in person.

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Been very fortunate to work remotely during this time.

Very few people I know want to go back.

Real hard to convince people that the office is needed when the same amount or more work now gets done at home.

Some random remote work consequences...various taxes, companies save money (ex. passing internet costs to employees), risk of not seeing co-workers as people.

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