Week 22 - Work from home
Working from home. Simple and desirable right? Keep reading.
But before the Industrial Revolution, going back to the beginning of the Middle Ages in the 5th century, there were over 1,300 years of home-based work.
How work from home is better for women.
The home office works well as a quiet room to concentrate and work, but in homes that do have one -- and when both partners are at home, as is increasingly the case -- that space often defaults to the man.
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
— Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929
Another us vs. them - single employees vs. employees with children.
5. Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover: The social and economic costs borne by young people without offices
To have a job without a workplace, you must build an office of the mind. Structure, routine, focus, socialization, networking, stress relief—their creation is almost entirely up to you, alone in a spare bedroom or on your couch, where your laptop might vie for attention at any given moment with your pets or kids. If the coffeepot runs dry, there is no one to blame but yourself.
Stress comes to us all in tiny little assaults throughout our day — what we call “micro-stresses.” We hardly acknowledge them, but cumulatively they are wearing us down. As one leader told us, “I’m just going to lay down some new rules that may upset the cart at first, but in the long run, are going to make me a better contributor, because I won’t feel frazzled all the time.”
Instead of threatening legal action or just yelling like a crazed maniac, this guy did something so much better: he chalked out a racetrack on his driveway for the kid to follow. After it would rain he’d do a new design, adding rumble strips, hairpin turns, etc. Other neighbors both young and old noticed and started riding on the track with their bikes, strollers, etc. The guy could’ve been a jerk to that kid on his bike and his parents. Instead, he created something which gives a little joy to the entire neighborhood.
Written on September 20, 2020.
This was Issue #22 of the Year of the Turtle. You can see all the past newsletters on this website.
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