In an ideal world, everyone who wanted to work from home could do so. After all, remote work offers personal and economic flexibility, not to mention the joy of wearing sweatpants to staff meetings.
Sure, grocery store clerks, surgeons, and firefighters need to show up physically, but, as we’ve all learned, the number of important—even essential—jobs that must be done on-site have dwindled.
Technology advances make remote work increasingly more feasible for growing numbers and types of workers. Researchers at the University of Chicago estimate one-third of all US jobs can be done entirely from home.