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Nonsense At Work

Why working from home is impossible:

Have you wondered why so many people treat coffee shops as workstations? I’ve finally figured it out.

According to statistics and experts-in-the-know, more and more people are working from home. And according to Jeffrey Hill, associate professor of business at Brigham Young University in Utah, working from home increases performance. I don’t believe it, not for a minute.

Here’s why.

One of the basic laws of physics is that work equals force times distance. Now, if you work from home, then distance becomes zero. We all know that if you multiply with zero you get zero. Therefore, working from home means that force times no distance equals zero work.

In other words, it does not matter how much you force yourself to get work done at home, you will get no work done unless some travel is involved, even if only to the coffee shop around the corner.

I should know, I often work from home.

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  • mike gadd

    I found working from home to be very liberating. I loved not having a supervisor breathing over my shoulder, I enjoyed that I was able to structure my day as I saw fit and it was always easy to take care of errands during the day while still getting my stuff done. But I missed a lot of the dynamics and relationship building that you get in the workplace. And sometimes, it was tough for me to identify with larger company/industry issues because it kinda felt like I wasn't a part of the company. Physically interacting with coworkers once a month and otherwise over conference calls created such a sense of autonomy and independence that it was hard for me to take things seriously sometimes. Being 5 feet away from the TV and the Xbox didn't help, either.