Home not quite alone

Bob Goldman on

What do experienced work-at-homers know that you don't know?

It can make you crazy. It can also make you fired.

It's true!

There are advantages to working from home. The hours you used to spend sitting in traffic will become a distant memory when your daily commute consists of making your way from your desk to your refrigerator and back again. No matter how many times a day you make this commute, it's zero strain on your nerves -- though, to be brutally honest, it may create a strain on your belt.

And though not hearing the annoying twaddle of your co-workers and not seeing the sinister stare of your manager are positives, the absence of these workplace realities could make you paranoid, as well as fat.

That's why I was happy to see Ron Charles, book critic of The Washington Post, jumping in with a review of "Eat Sleep Work Repeat." It's a sorry mantra, but according to its author, Bruce Daisley, the book is an exercise in "improving office life."


Daisley provides a number of interesting suggestions for newly minted work-at-homers, most of whom are well beyond the 280-character limit you'd expect from a vice president at Twitter. I think it's worth spending a few extra syllables to discuss what he has to say.

One aspect of the new home-alone work style that may surprise you is, "Stress levels of remote workers are significantly higher than those of people who work in the office." You would think that the opportunity to work in your jammies would make you totally relaxed, especially if you can keep Mr. Fuzzy J. Bear in your lap as you work.

But there is a psychic price to pay when you "no longer can see the smile of someone near the elevators or someone nodding in a meeting."

At your job, that should be someone nodding out in a meeting, but the point is valid.


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