Letter: An Idea


I have a suggestion that would go a long way towards easing rush hour traffic on our roads. This suggestion is for all large office employers in Lakewood. What if you would switch all employees to hybrid remote work, having half your employees work in person each day? This could cut by half the amount of cars on some key roads, such as Cedarbridge and Pine, that lead towards major office buildings in town.

By implementing this change, offices would benefit from fewer employee latenesses and staff that is less stressed (which directly affects work performance).

Thank you.

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  1. If my boss tells me to work from home, they gotta pay for my Wi-Fi, home computer (we use desktops not laptops), and a portion of my rent because I don’t currently have a room in my house where I can work.

  2. Not practical as many (if not most) jobs in Lakewood require to be in person (think daycare, teachers, yungerleit etc). Also, many people in Lakewood do not have internet.

  3. There is a simple solution have the board of education monitor see how many buses are running half full or being bused literally across the street doing multiple runs. It’s avious the runs aren’t being used to capacity which causes the same drivers to keep running back and fourth.

  4. Many bosses/owners (especially Frum ones) want to see their employees at their desks working. Perhaps a few jobs can be monitored strictly with hard data but a lot going on an office is “Soft” work. Employees talking about the best way to get things done or asking for help or suggesting an idea. Sure technically this can be done via email or zoom but it’s not the same as employees actually interacting with each other in person.
    I’ve worked in Human Resources for a long time & there are reasons (very valid ones) why companies aren’t so quick to jump on the “Remote work” bandwagon.

  5. In my industry, we often interface with professionals of different sorts.
    The ones who are still working from home since the pandemic work significantly slower and require more follow up than those who work on site.
    This is not solely because they are distracted by chores in their homes (which they are. I have heard someone turn on a washing machine while I was on the phone…) nor is it just about the slower connectivity speeds that you will have when using home we Wi-Fi and a VPN to network in to the office.
    It is also about not having personal face to face interactions with your colleagues, and needing to proactively call someone to have a conversation instead of just seeing them around.

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