I love Adam Grant, but you can’t separate flexibility and work from home.
First, you have to have the flexibility to work from home in order to save time (and energy, I would add). Restated:
A top upside of having the flexibility to work from home is “avoiding the hassle of schlepping to work” which saves time and energy that allows you to (insert whatever priorities matter to you.)
Note: Nick Bloom’s research finds time saved is allocated btw work and personal priorities, which accounts for increase in work productivity reported.
Why this matters:
—Work from home is one form of work flexibility, not the only form.
—-The ability to work from home allows you to flexibly fit your work and life together by allocating the time and energy you save to things that matter to you, on and off the job, which is where the real value lies…
—And, while time and energy saved top the list, there are other benefits of remote work (e.g. focused work done more efficiently without interruptions, having private conversations that are harder in an open office, etc.) that are also valuable and important.