Last month, he wrote on Twitter: “all the things that happen at home will make people think that you don’t have to work hard.”
However, Mr Musk may be wrong about telecommuting. The three economists said telecommuting during the outbreak would not hurt employee productivity.
Musk says home makes people lazy.
Natasha Bostre-Natacha Postel-Vinay, an economic and financial historian at the London School of Economics, said: “most of the evidence shows that people are more productive when they stay at home. People spend less time commuting, so they can spend some of that time at work, and they also spend more time with their families and sleep, which means they are happier and ultimately more productive. “
Albrecht Ritschl, a professor of economic history, also said that fewer commutes could improve employee productivity, adding that working from home could reduce the time spent on “meaningless meetings”. “working in an office and working hard are two different things.” He said.
In some cases, home office productivity drops occasionally, they say, but this is not because people are lazy. Venai and Rachel point out that during outbreaks, people with children at home often have to focus on work and child care, resulting in reduced productivity.