A few days ago, I posted about gas prices and freelance writers. Of course, while rising gas prices do affect many of us, they don't as much as, say, someone who commutes an hour in each direction every day. Even if rising fuel prices impact us in other areas, we are lucky to be able to do our work from home.
Michael and I have often talked about whether fuel prices will lead to telecommuting as a standard for office-type jobs. Judging by this story on NPR, it seems the answer is yes — many companies are already trending toward telecommuting, or at least toward a condensed workweek. For these companies, breaking with tradition is preferable to losing valuable, experienced employees because they can no longer afford their commute.
The other thing that is happening is that people are looking for work closer to home. This is something Michael and I have talked about too — how we're either going to have to develop a better public transit system in this country, or go back to a structure where people live in small, self-sustaining communities and have everything they need within walking (or biking) distance. The latter is really a return to the way things were 100 or more years ago, which I find interesting. Our gas-guzzling way of life just wasn't sustainable over the long term.