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Anyone seriously considering a permanent remote work situation and move out of Chicago after Covid? How do you go about it with your Manager/company? Do you keep your Chicago salary or is a move put things in question?

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That choice may get made for you...unless the situation improves on so many levels, downtown Chicago may quickly become Detroit...a place where people are forced to commute for a job, but no one wants to spend any free time. And a great place to look at some awesome (abandoned) architecture.

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Yea sorry VP1, was directing my comment more at Epsilon 1. Lol to your image. So sad but true.

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I’m moving to Miami. Goodbye winter!

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Given how competitive the advertising job market is, I half expect employers to use a degree of soft discrimination in favoring hiring workers willing to come into the office. If at all possible I'd contextualize it as a temporary move so as to not set off any red flags.

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I think this flight to the country or the suburbs will probably reverse in a year or two. Except for those who always planned on moving out when they had a family, etc. I plan on staying in the city. Born and raised here and love it. Flaws and all.

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Before you approach your manager or HR, avoid setting off any red flags by chatting with a friend at another agency who's been in HR for a while. I got into a conversation a while back with someone in HR at the SVP level... talking about a W2 freelancer we had on payroll who had relocated to Europe, and the SVP asked, "they moved to Europe?!" Then quickly stopped, said "I don't wanna know any more", and we got back to our regular conversation. We didn't adjust the freelancer's pay after they moved to Europe, but apparently there are probably some issues with keeping someone on payroll when they're not even in the US. Tread carefully.

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No one needs to know where you are. You’re in a room. The fact that that room is in the South of France is your business.

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I listed my condo for sale and am packing my bags out of IL. Between the taxes, state debt, winters... I’ve had it. Remote work is only going to increase the number of people fleeing from the state.

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Employers have the power right now. Don’t get greedy. It won’t go over well. Just being honest.

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Yes to all of it, and my spouse was about to be relocated before COVID, so it made things a bit easier for my conversation.

Hey! Detroit is back! We’ve turned that corner. Sort of.

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