While remote work is obviously better for reducing exposure to COVID-19 than going to the office, the rapid increase in Omicron cases shows that remote work has little impact on reducing Omicron case counts. Anecdotally, several people I’ve worked with over the last two weeks have gotten it—all vaccinated and working from home.
Of the people that work from home, exposure outside of work is leading to infection. How should remote-first companies keep their workers safe when the risk comes from outside of work?
- Current vaccines are 33 percent effective against Omicron (more if you get a booster)
- I doubt that “getting sick less often” is top of the reasons for wanting to work remotely e.g. not having to commute for five hours is equivalent to a 10 percent raise and life balance