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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

An online tool from data analytics startup Watershed enables users to input various kinds of info to help gauge whether changing remote work policies will increase or decrease emissions — and by approximately how much.

How it works: Right now the public calculator from Watershed — whose clients include Shopify and Stripe — models five regions: San Francisco, New York City, Houston, London and Toronto.

  • The calculator arrives as many companies and organizations are giving employees the option to continue remote work — partially or completely — after the pandemic.

Inputs for current policy and projected policy changes include...

  • The number of employees and how many days per week they'll be in the office.
  • Employees' living patterns (suburbs vs. urban cores) and commuting methods — cars, trains or biking and walking.
  • The size of offices, which matters for their use of power and natural gas.
  • Whether the company buys clean power and gives that option for remote workers.

Go deeper: How bitcoin and remote work impact the climate fight

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Mar 24, 2021 - Economy & Business

The remote revolution spreads beyond tech

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

At first, it was just the Silicon Valley tech giants embracing remote work forever. Now, firms in other industries are jumping on board.

Driving the news: The Ford Motor Company is offering permanent telework as an option to all of its white-collar workers who are able to complete the tasks of their jobs remotely. That's about 30,000 of its 186,000 employees, per CBS.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
Mar 24, 2021 - Economy & Business

The rise of the dreaded "workcation"

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The pandemic has popularized "workcations" — going on a vacation, but working while there.

Why it matters: Just because work-from-anywhere means we can work on vacation doesn't mean we should. Experts warn that the pandemic's upending of work-life balance could drastically worsen burnout in the U.S.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
Mar 23, 2021 - Economy & Business

Quantifying digital work overload during the coronavirus pandemic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you feel like remote work has increased the number of emails and meetings during the pandemic, you're right.

The big picture: A new Microsoft study of the use of its office tools in the last year quantifies the digital overload workers have been experiencing.