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Our post-pandemic working lives could become a ‘meh’ experience, where neither in-office or at-home truly shine

Staff in a standing meeting at an office, socially distanced and wearing masks. About half of the staff are present compared to the number of desks available.
Staff in a standing meeting at an office, socially distanced and wearing masks. About half of the staff are present compared to the number of desks available.
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Here’s some good news: After a 13-month span that went from: “This is another seasonal flu, it’ll be over in two weeks” to “July is the new normal for work re-entry!” to “Okay, October 2020 is the build back better date!” to “Hmm, 2021 seems more realistic…” we’re now, finally, seeing enough progress in the rate of vaccinations and an overall reduction in Covid-19 rates that the concept of a “new work normal” actually seems within reach. …


An illustration of a woman holding a cup of coffee and looking at her computer late at night.
An illustration of a woman holding a cup of coffee and looking at her computer late at night.
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One year later, an army of remote workers are still making rookie mistakes that lead to burnout

On March 18, 2005, I cleaned out my desk at Registered Rep. magazine, the financial publication I was (I can admit it now) a rather terrible business reporter for, and left a job I’d held for two years. I didn’t leave on bad terms. I liked all my co-workers and there were no sour feelings, but I also didn’t have another job set up. I just knew I wasn’t a very good business reporter, my boss agreed with me, and thus we went our separate ways. I turned in my key card, filled out some paperwork with HR, and hit…


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“Index by Marker” in a white logo design on a navy blue background with a pattern of bifurcated blue circles going across the image.

Like most people, the story of my career does not track against a simple, linear path. If anything, it looks utterly chaotic: I have jumped industries, jumped back, worked as a freelancer, managed people, been managed, and been laid off. I have worked out of cramped co-working offices, Park Avenue skyscrapers, and my bedroom. I have been asked numerous times if I was willing to work for free. (The answer’s still no on that one.)

Some of these experiences were better than others, but each of these experiences was revealing and formative. Through the best and worst and weirdest of…


Illustration: Lorenzo Gritti

It only took a pandemic for us to live in Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson’s remote work fantasy

“Obviously, the news is a big deal,” said Jason Fried on a call last week. The markets were spiraling, his hometown of Chicago had just issued a stay-at-home order, and the coronavirus pandemic seemed to permeate every aspect of life. “But otherwise, it’s absolutely no different than any other workweek in the past 20 years.”

Fried wasn’t being sarcastic. The author, blogger, podcaster, and co-founder/CEO of Basecamp — a remote project management platform that was sort of Slack before there was Slack — was at his home office 15 minutes outside of downtown Chicago. Meanwhile, his CTO co-founder, co-author, co-blogger…


Dropbox, WeWork, and Google all think they have the playbook for the part-time office

An illustration of workers having a meeting in a conference room.
An illustration of workers having a meeting in a conference room.
Illustration: Ariel Davis

Aside from religion and politics, it’s hard to think of another topic in recent memory that has provoked more fierce debate than the concept of remote work. For years, “future of work” enthusiasts would quibble over how some people are more productive by cutting out commutes and working in a pajama-friendly home office, while others prefer the camaraderie and water-cooler small talk that only a bustling office could provide. Lurking beneath these discussions around worker productivity and engagement was perhaps a bigger underlying issue: the potential dismantling of one of corporate America’s longstanding cultural mainstays—the IRL office. …


A look at the science behind working at home, and what you can do to avoid cognitive pitfalls

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We’re living through the biggest remote-work experiment in the history of the office, but even before the coronavirus pandemic forced nonessential workers to stay home, remote work was a popular option for U.S. workers. According to a 2019 Owl Labs survey of full-time employees, 62% of the respondents worked remotely at least once a month, and 83% agreed that “the ability to work remotely would make them happier.”

But in exchange for gaining geographic independence and, in the case of the ongoing pandemic, increased safety, what might remote workers be losing by staying home? How does remote work actually affect…

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