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The long term ramifications of the pandemic will not be fully understood for at least a decade. One positive result for many is the freedom to work from home.

Salesforce, a large SaaS provider, is leading the charge.

“As we enter a new year, we must continue to go forward with agility, creativity and a beginner’s mind — and that includes how we cultivate our culture. An immersive workspace is no longer limited to a desk in our Towers; the 9-to-5 workday is dead; and the employee experience is about more than ping-pong tables and snacks,” writes Brent Hyder, Salesforce’s chief people officer.

The Verge

As work become unchained from a desk in a downtown office, to competition for jobs will grow, however it will mean that some high paying jobs may now be on offer for those that prefer life in smaller towns and cities. People will no longer have to displace themselves from their communities just for the right job opportunity.

The benefits do not stop there. The health benefits are real too

The average one-way commuting time in the U.S. is 27.1 minutes—that’s nearly an hour each day spent getting to and from work, and it really adds up. According to the Auto Insurance Center, commuters spend about 100 hours commuting and 41 hours stuck in traffic each year. Some “extreme” commuters face much longer commute times of 90 minutes or more each way.

But wasting time commuting is just one of the downsides of getting to and from work. More than 30 minutes of daily one-way commuting is associated with increased levels of stress and anxiety, and research shows that commuting 10 miles to work each day is associated with health issues like:

Higher cholesterol

Elevated blood sugar

Increased risk of depression

Ditching the commute helps you support your mental and physical health. The time savings can allow you to focus on priorities outside of work, like getting extra sleep in the morning, spending more time with family, getting in a workout, or eating a healthy breakfast.

Flex Jobs

While this may eventually tip the scales against workers, in the short term in may have lasting benefits.