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"Workplaces are complex social ecosystems just like all other places humans inhabit, and decentralizing them can obliterate the things that make them satisfying"

Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover: The social and economic costs borne by young people without offices
theatlantic.com/magazine/archi

@njoseph_1 Working from home is terrible and lonely, but it’s an improvement over offices. Offices are an active attack on our ability to socialize. If offices can’t survive working from home, then good riddance!

@cy @njoseph_1 Spot on @cy - noisy open floors and cubicles can easily make people constantly cranky. Add in the butts-on-seats culture and office politics and you'll hear people saying that they hate their job.

@federico3 @cy It doesn't have to be full-time office or full-time WFH. I've seen many successful cases where people partially work from office. I think the best workplaces would make coming to office totally optional and leave it to the discretion of the employees. Even those who absolutely hate open-plan offices might feel like making an occasional trip to the office for some face-time with their colleagues.

@njoseph_1 @cy meeting occasionally is pretty common for remote workers (but that's different from calling it "office")

@njoseph_1 @federico3 There’s a lot more cases where people totally work from office though. I certainly agree that having an optional place to come to for collaboration, and shared equipment and resources is pretty cool, though I’d call that a workshop not an office. I’ve just found it the exception to the rule. Plus paper pushers don’t have a lot of equipment and resources that can be shared.

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