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What if Remote Work Didn’t Mean Working from Home?

We need to separate our jobs and where we live.

Professional authors are, in some sense, the original work-from-home knowledge workers. As we approach a post-pandemic world in which telecommuting will be more common, we might observe with concern how far these writers are willing to go to escape having to work in their actual homes.

Nothing new in this piece in terms of insight I'd imagine for the RC community, but just though it funny that even the New Yorker is now writing about remote work 🤣

 


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    Selfishly I am a little concerned that all these fresh remote workers will soon discover and overcrowd all the nearby places you can be remote but not working from actual home.

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      Also, the author's opinion on the politics of remote work:

      Here’s my proposal: organizations that allow remote work should not only encourage these employees to find professional spaces near (but distinct from) their homes—they should also directly subsidize these cognitive escapes. The cost need not be prohibitive. If we turn back to our author examples, we see that a workspace doesn’t need to be aesthetically pleasing, or well-equipped, or air-conditioned (or even have walls or a roof!) in order to support better work than what’s possible at home. A co-working space, a small office above a Main Street store, a rented garage apartment, or even a spruced-up shed can enable a much more satisfying and effective experience tackling cognitive work than the laptop on the kitchen table, or the home-office desk in the bedroom. Not all work needs to be completed in these near-home locations—Steinbeck, for example, had a standard office that he used in addition to his fishing boat—but simply having the opportunity to reset your environment when needed can make a big difference for the type of efforts typical of this new class of remote workers.