When Roman Dubek and his wife, Monica, left San Francisco for Denver, Colorado last summer, they thought their telecom would not last more than a year and a half, hundreds of miles from their offices.
But the surprisingly rapid spread of the Cove 19 Delta type has set them up for a new lifestyle that they now feel more natural.
Across the United States, a growing number of companies are delaying the return of their employees to office due to concerns over a new wave of illness.
But like Dubois – he’s French, he’s American – more and more people across the country have settled for a second year of telecom – this time volunteering, with less desire to return to the office, content and comfort. His new personal and professional lifestyle.
The Delta variety, which is now dominant in the United States, has suffered greatly. Rochelle Valensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Thursday that in the past seven days, an average of 113,000 new cases of CoV 19 have been registered daily, compared to the previous week. 24% increase.
An employer was taking note of Facebook, which announced the same day that it would not require workers to return to office before January 2022.
A Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry that “data, not dates, drives our approach to returning to our office.”
Just a few weeks ago, the popular social network was urging a rapid return to normalcy, saying it would fully open its offices by October – while all employees would need to be masked and vaccinated. ۔
Facebook has thus involved Microsoft, Amazon, American Express and NBC in reopening offices with delays until October or January.
Roman Dobeck, 34, a financial analyst with the French bank BNP Paribas, and Monica, who works for Facebook, no longer have the option to return to office.
While Monica saw a 10% drop in her income as a result of the move, she was “largely compensated” for a higher standard of living and more affordable housing – less than half as expensive in Colorado as in California – as well. Low taxes, Roman said.
Above all, Monica no longer has to spend three hours a day on the bus.
For Orenford economist Orin Klachkin, it took a while for Boulder, Colorado, to decide whether to leave New York.
But when a new wave of Covid 19 came last fall, it saw the silver lining: it was an opportunity to live somewhere else once in a lifetime, to keep your jobs, to try to live in a different place. .
The place was a big draw: he and his wife, 35-year-old counselor Nicole Manhattan, were sharing an apartment.
In Boulder, not far from Denver, the couple now have a “small house” where everyone has a separate room for work.
“I love the new life here, especially the” access to outdoor activities “in a natural area near the Rocky Mountains,” Klachkin said.
Telecom in Colorado has allowed him to strike a better balance between work and home life and has saved him from “wasting” two hours a day on the subway.
But “there are definitely some ups and downs,” Klachkin added, especially unable to communicate personally with colleagues.
This is partly due to the availability of different online software that allows us to basically see each other … even though we are not physically in the same place. “
For Roman Dubke, where one works is less important than how one works.
“As far as I’m concerned, all I need is a good internet connection and I have to work in the San Francisco time zone,” he said.
Basically, Dobek added, telecom is successful when it is built on trust between employer and employee: companies allow telecom because they save on fixed costs, such as office rent, while workers take it seriously. Are willing to work with as if their boss is standing in the same room.
Klachkin, for his part, says he’s more productive than ever – he doesn’t have to spend long hours, tired hours traveling every week.
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