What’s Next? A Digital Border Wall?

As the Cover-19 situation continues to escalate, more and more Americans are working from home, performing tasks previously thought to be impossible to outside of the office environment. And as more American businesses transition to remote working, more and more of their employees find how much more they enjoy it over their traditional working methods. On the other end of these businesses, administrators are reaping the benefits of having a remote workforce as well, with the increases in productivity, available working time, and employee satisfaction that remote working brings. And as these businesses see how effective distance working can be, they are faced with the proposition of allowing their employees to work remotely even after this pandemic ends. But this would raise the question, if advancements in society and technology would afford America’s workforce to work from anywhere in the country to work jobs that previously required working in an office, whose to say any one in the wold couldn’t take those positions? Certainly outsourcing workforce by hiring employees from other countries would most likely be more cost effective than hiring Americans, and countries like China, India, and Russia have hundreds of thousands if not millions of candidates for American jobs. Remote working offers an exciting opportunity in the business world through this democratization of American employment, allowing thousands of eligible workers the opportunity to take jobs at American firms, an opportunity they lacked before solely due to where they live. However, this idea also presents a dangerous precedent for the preexisting American workforce, as the ability for companies to hire workers with equal or even greater skill than that found in American workers for a fraction of the cost would almost definitely mean that a large percentage of American workers would lose their jobs to foreign workers working remotely. So do we need a “digital border wall” of sorts? Do we need some form of protection for the American workforce? Hell no. This type of opportunity is exactly what makes technology so great, it affords people the ability to do things they previously weren’t enabled to do, it breaks boundaries, it disrupts, and we shouldn’t stand in the way of innovation, revolution, and democratization for the sake of protecting American jobs.

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