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Teleworking can save NYC money
Make telework an option for positions where teleworking works. Working from home can reduce the city budget for office space, office equipment, office supplies, insurance, utilities and many more. Teleworking should be seriously considered as a way for NYC to save money while NYC has such a large amount debt. Mass transit is terrible, it shouldnt take someone the same amount of time to get around NYC on mass transit than it takes to drive to the outskirts Pennsylvania or Connecticut.
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I strongly agree that we need flexible telework options for city employees whose roles allow for it. COVID aside, giving back the commute time is a huge quality of life upgrade that would cost the city nothing. It would also allow greater flexibility for those with chronic illness, family/pet care needs, and just general life - how many times have people needed to take a day just to let a landlord in to fix something, when they could have just as easily been working at home during that time?
Aside from those benefits, we should also realize that many city offices are small, crowded, outdated, and do not actually have space to host regular meetings. Many office workers still take their meetings on Zoom because of this issue, which makes it even more confusing that we are asked to be at our desks each and every day to 'collaborate' when that mostly happens online.
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