The Long, Unhappy History of Working From Home

David Streitfeld at The New York Times:

Three months after the coronavirus pandemic shut down offices, corporate America has concluded that working from home is working out. Many employees will be tethered to Zoom and Slack for the rest of their careers, their commute accomplished in seconds.

Richard Laermer has some advice for all the companies rushing pell-mell into this remote future: Don’t be an idiot.

The Long, Unhappy History of Working From Home.

I’m not belittling this article, which seems well researched. But it runs counter to my own experience. I have been working from home for almost 30 years and have been successful and productive, and I know people who can say the same. Perhaps it is because our work product is visible?

Of course many people can’t do their work from home. If you’re going to be a surgeon or a waiter, you kind of have to leave the house.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner