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British actor Michael Caine. Photo: Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images

Forget the home office — 45% of American teleworkers regularly work from a couch, 38% regularly work from bed and 20% often work outside, according to a study by the home improvement marketing firm CraftJack.

Why it matters: Home offices are a luxury.

  • While some workers have been able to spend hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars setting up work stations in their homes, others have struggled through the pandemic.
  • Many remote workers, especially those living in cities, have been working in shared spaces with roommates or family members and working without desks.
  • While a thriving sector for outfitting remote workers has sprung up, and tech companies like Dropbox are offering lavish WFH stipends, most employees aren't so lucky.

By the numbers: People have spent an average of $268 trying to improve their remote work setups, but a whopping 50% still say the pain and discomfort of working from home is enough to send them back to the office.

The bottom line: It's not enough for companies to provide stipends for teleworkers to buy ergonomic chairs or desks, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva notes. Many people simply do not have the space allocated inside their homes for an office setup, and it can be too expensive to move to a bigger place.

Methodology: CraftJack surveyed 1,520 Americans who worked entirely or primarily from home between June 16 – 25, 2021.

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Nov 4, 2021 - Economy & Business

The jobs impact of Biden's vax and testing mandate

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The White House on Thursday unveiled rules requiring people working for private companies with at least 100 employees to be either fully vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19.

Why it matters: This should significantly increase the number of vaccinated American adults, thus reducing death and virus transmission. It also could create a relatively small group of workers who are voluntarily unemployed.

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Robot umpires inch closer to calling MLB games

The Automated Ball-Strike system (ABS), the tech powering what's colloquially known as robo-umps, is inching ever closer to the big leagues.

Driving the news: The independent Atlantic League — which has partnered with MLB since 2019 — last week announced it was doing away with robo-umps after testing them for the past season-and-a-half.

FBI conducts "court-authorized" search of Rep. Henry Cuellar's home

Rep. Henry Cuellar. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The FBI said it conducted a "court-authorized" search on Wednesday in the area of the Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

State of play: "The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity," an FBI spokesperson told Axios, adding that they "cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation."

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