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Letter: The benefits of working from home far outweigh the drawbacks

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photo Kim Borton, left, works from home while her children Logan Borton, center, age 6 and Katie Borton, age 7, as they work on an art project in Beaverton, Ore.
Craig Mitchelldyer, Associated Press

I read the article in the Deseret News: “Is it time to kiss the office goodbye? The upsides of remote work are winning the hearts of employees — and their bosses,” (Aug. 30). For some, the benefits of remotely working from home are many: a comfortable work-environment; the possibility of adjusting your work hours; no frustrating rush-hour commute; no worries about arranging for transportation to work by car, bus, rail or otherwise; more family time. Of course, this can be a double-edged sword for families who cannot arrange (or afford) adequate child care if schedules don’t line up.

Yet, the benefits may outweigh the drawbacks (for some people). It gives more flexibility to the worker if he or she likes that life. Although some jobs cannot be done remotely, such as nursing or trash collection, working from home may open up career fields that some employers and employees never would have envisioned less than a decade ago. It’s making the best out of a bad situation. And, in many cases, it works.

James Marples

Provo