According to Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel, 38% of full time workers could telecommute by 2027. That could change the way cities are organized and drastically alter the makeup of transportation networks. Connie Loizos reports from TechCrunch:
Workers “want to do this,” says Kasriel. And “in the current labor market, skilled workers have their way.”
Interestingly, Kasriel argues that “city planners aren’t thinking sufficiently” about the shape of workforces and how they are evolving. He believes cities will be organized differently as a result.
That’s something he shares in common with renowned investor Peter Thiel. Talking last fall at a conference in Saudi Arabia, Thiel suggested that an underrated trend that merits far more attention is telecommuting and how its rise will change the physical landscape. Said Thiel, “The transportation-related technology that I wonder about more than self-driving cars is, is there some way to do an end run around our broken transportation systems, and the IT version that people have talked about for decades is telecommuting.”
It’s a “trend that’s worth exploring a lot more,” he’d added.
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