Research

Where Remote Work Saves Commuters Most

As businesses consider reopening offices, many Americans are thinking about what work was like before COVID and, more specifically, how long it took them to get there. One of the most significant benefits of remote work is the lack of a commute. From both a time-saving and productivity standpoint, a lack of commute can improve a personͬs overall happiness and work͡ life balance. But how much time can remote work actually save? And where do workers who can go remote stand to benefit most by going remote? Through this analysis, we explore these questions and find that the potential commuting benefits of remote work are significant across the U.S. Illustrating the potential for these gains, we find that since the onset of COVID-19, the economic benefit of remote work from lower commutes has been $90 billion