In the Zoom Room

Bob Goldman on

If there's one part of working that you have mastered, it's the valuable technique of not working.

Anybody can go to a job and be productive. It takes a very special person to go to a job and be invisible.

Yet, invisibility is what you need if you want to make the most money possible doing the least possible amount of work. To accomplish this worthy goal, you have scoured your workplace to discover all the hidey-holes in which a devious soul can secret herself.

Oh, the places you've found!

For the foodie in you, positioning yourself behind the snack machine gives you privacy and first dibs at the gourmet treats your co-workers stash in the breakroom fridge. Then there's the supply closet, where you can idle away endless billable hours making paper-clip chains and playing with colored pencils.

But now, all these in-office vacation destinations are lost to you.


Suddenly, you are forced to work at home -- trapped in a location where there is nowhere to hide and no excuse for not being that productive little employee drone they pay you to be.

Face it; such a situation could drive you around the bend.

Even worse, it can leave you parked at the bend feeling lonely. It's hard to believe, I know, but you may not actually start to miss having managers to mock and work-friends to sabotage.

Which brings us to Olivia Judson, whose recent New York Times article, "Working at Home? Self-Isolation Doesn't Have to Be Lonely," reveals how joining a "virtual co-working group" can provide the "esprit de corps" of working with others.


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