I do, except that I really do love my day job. Lucky for me, I’m a virtual worker. Though I have to see clients on a regular basis, I can determine when and where. I haven’t had to battle ‘rush hour’ in years.
Why an I introducing this topic?
Because I read a recent OZY article entitled — Would we work better with no offices at all? The argument intrigued me. Here’s the bulk of it:
Office space is expensive — In San Francisco, companies dole out as much as $100 per square foot.
Commuting — The census shows average American commute time is around 25 minutes, but add to that the hustle of getting yourself or kids out of bed, fitting in a half-hour at the gym, attempting to cram a healthy breakfast down your piehole … oh, and don’t forget commuting’s adverse impact on marriage, health and women’s participation in the workforce.
Transparency — With today’s technology we have full transparency now. You can see the trail of technology — when you called, who you emailed, which conference call you jumped in and out of. We know exactly what you’re doing. Who cares where you’re doing it from? Who cares, indeed, since apparently the panopticon is now officially inescapable.
Of course, the advantages of the physical office, everyone agrees, are essentially twofold, and obvious enough: Casual chitchat begets both good ideas and a brain break for the weary. Plus, sometimes you really need to get away from your kids, or spouse, or roommates. Which is why in some cases, you need to beam down to real life — and arrange a physical meeting space for creative work.
So, what does this have to do with writing? Not much for me, because I am a virtual worker. But most of my author friends do the commute to an office and work at least part-time. Imagine the exponential increase in productivity if they could work from home? Not to mention the reduction in stress.
What do you think? Is it time, in most cases, to abolish the office as your permanent workspace? Could you do your job from home?
Parts of this blog are taken from an OZY article—Read more: OZY – Smarter, Fresher, Different