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When Working From Home Doesn’t Work

For jobs that mainly require interactions with clients (consultant, insurance salesman) or don’t require much interaction at all (columnist), the office has little to offer besides interruption. But other types of work hinge on what might be called “collaborative efficiency”—the speed at which a group successfully solves a problem. And distance seems to drag collaborative efficiency down. Why? The short answer is that collaboration requires communication. And the communications technology offering the fastest, cheapest, and highest-bandwidth connection is—for the moment, anyway—still the office.

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

Monday, Oct 9, 2017

What I’ve Learned About Silence from Working at Home

I’ve also discovered an entire cohort of professionals who work from home and substitute social time for what used to be long commutes or trips to the gym. We take afternoon walks through the neighborhood, enjoy brown bag lunches at each other’s homes, meet for drinks, or talk on the phone while we’re on our way to meetings. It breaks up the long stretches alone and even allows for the same networking I used to do by the vending machine.

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