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“Steps to the toilet և coffee machine”. Do we work from home or work from work?

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Perhaps now, in the wake of the epidemic, the talk of the city is about returning to work for those of us who were lucky enough not to be on the front lines.

Or not?

“Most remote workers do not want to return to work,” a recent poll hinted. It found that 5% of workers who had to carry the coronavirus home a year ago now want to return to the office full time, even if the virus is overcome.

I have a friend who is in this 5%. As soon as he received the vaccine, he hurried to his office, mostly in an abandoned tower in downtown Seattle. Why? I asked him.

“The epidemic started while working from home,” he said. “But it turned into living in the workplace.”

That’s how I feel. At first, when the epidemic happened, I was excited, but I had a job at all. Then, for months, I was just happy to be able to do so, for the most part, without masking myself in a crowded area, with no food sticks or bus drivers left.

Something happened during my time. Business and home seemed to merge. I do not work more now. But you do not know why I work longer.

People say they like to work from home because they can wear soft pants to get around the route. But it turns out that inviting your company into your storage room has a cost that you can turn into a home office.

To its credit, Microsoft has long realized that “we are all now part of a giant, natural, uncontrollable remote experience.” Thus, they instructed the researchers to go beyond everything from the pitfalls of multitasking in magnifying meetings to the morale of the employee to the experience of the unique distance of people with disabilities. Since the first blockade last March, the company has submitted nearly 30 research papers on the telecommuting phenomenon.

The findings are large, positive or negative, but a major flaw flew through me. The work week lasted about three or four hours a week.

A new “night shift” ensued as instant messaging work increased from 6pm to midnight. Remote work also meant more meetings. The researchers monitored the brain waves of some employees during these video meetings and found that “abrupt changes in the pattern of brain waves that coincide with congestion or stress began about two hours later.” (I do not invent it. They went to really crazy scientists on Microsoft, curled employees with skull electroencephalogram caps).

When the work և home was connected, “all these meetings and messages spread over a longer working day,” the technology sites concluded. “Weekends were no longer forbidden when it came to collaboration, work, more people spending their” lunch hours “texting with colleagues, offering endless workflows.”

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“Sometimes the idea clicks in the middle of the night, աշխատել when working from home, the idea comes to life literally 2 seconds away,” said a Microsoft engineer.

“I feel I can solve problems more easily because I do not feel constrained by the clock. “I can start a job, cook, then come back to check the results while I leave something in the oven or while cooking,” said another programmer.

The third said. “Sometimes I feel like I’m sitting all day, just taking a few steps to the toilet, to the coffee machine.”

The reality of telecommuting seems to me to be kind of like people getting smart home devices like Alexa to access the Internet, but it turns out that device gets them. Who really benefits?

There are also positive findings in the study, such as:… I do not know, I went to the bathroom զուգ I missed it. But the company simply published a 65-page summary report, “A New Future of Work. Microsoft Research on the Impact of the Epidemic on Work Practice, ”which I recommend for its sincerity and depth.

Is this really the new future of work? It is special for me that a year after the epidemic our society solved two indisputable conclusions. That distant school is a disaster; it must end immediately, while the distant work is fantastic; it must continue indefinitely. Aren’t they really that different? Are human relationships and connections possible for both of them?

I know I will lose this argument. Remote work is just very convenient, the technology is very powerful, the soft pants are very comfortable.

Maybe it’s an epidemic և Working from home at normal times consumes less. Although I doubt it, as evangelists and consultants work far away now, who welcome the “asynchronous” workforce and offer future workshops, such as “if productivity were in place, there would be no office.”

Here’s one that caught my eye from the start A remote support platform called Firstbase“Offices are instant distractions where synchronous work makes it impossible to get the job done.”

I can not think that now my soul needs more than to go to the factory of synchronous distraction, to be surrounded by instant pleasure, that is, people who make it impossible to make things.

Before in the Times, in my business, we called it the “newsroom.”

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