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Thursday, July 15, 2004 11:18 AM
Where the real work happens
Anita Sharpe on At Home

Since we're now in the heavy crunch of producing the print version of Worthwhile, I'm working from home today so that I can get a lot of editing done. My standard poodle on steroids goes into attack mode every time he sees a squirrel, so, when I'm on the phone, I have to explain where I'm calling from. So far, everyone I have spoken with has said the same thing: they also stay home when they have a lot to do.

'The office is mostly for meetings and socializing,' said the woman I just talked with.

This reminded me of Kevin Salwen's post a few days ago when he wondered how home workers 'get the things at home that most people are so accustomed to at the office. . . I mean things like the 100 different interactions about last night's TV shows or what to eat for lunch or what Mary is wearing or discussions about traffic.'

Maybe, with that question, he nailed what many employers overlook: the office is for interaction. That's undeniably important, but the real, thinking work gets done elsewhere.


jeff - 7/17/2004 2:03:12 PM
excellent analysis of a basic truth that's been long overlooked
Ty Moddelmog - 7/15/2004 1:43:28 PM
Wow! Anita, you're absolutely right. I'm still in school, and I know first-hand that I can get absolutely nothing done on campus. Too many friends, too many distractions, too much fun. It's only when I'm tucked away in the privacy...solitude...of my home home that papers get written and formulas get memorized. It's almost depressing that the very thing that makes me tick--interaction--is responsible for so much 'un-productivity.'


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