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So, let me play Devil's Advocate here. If meeting up with your co-workers in person is so enjoyable, would it not make sense to just do it every work day? ie make remote work the exception rather than the rule?



No. What makes it so enjoyable is that it doesn't happen every day. That makes it a special occasion. It means that when you meet your co-workers in person, the quality of the interaction is most likely higher than if you saw them 5 times a week.

Take any single enjoyable thing and do it 5 times a week, every week. You'd have a law of diminishing returns situation. You'd get to a point where you no longer derive enjoyment from it and you may start to resent it.

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Take any single enjoyable thing and do it 5 times a week, every week. You'd have a law of diminishing returns situation. You'd get to a point where you no longer derive enjoyment from it and you may start to resent it.

Not to be glib, but does that apply to working from home?

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Why would it apply to working from home?

Ones options are: -Wake up, fire up computer, start working, do whatever throughout the day, when day ends you are at home, no need for commute. OR -Wake up, get dressed, take shower, drive to train station, take train, get to work, work from desk all day, take train home, drive home, wonder what you will do for dinner since you got home so late.

Which one do you think one might derive more enjoyment from and which do you think one might be more likely to resent?

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Maybe, but remote work is not the same as working from home.

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Quirky Bob becomes Annoying Bob when he's down the hall and you have to deal with him every day.

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Though I don't work for 37Signals, I don't think remote work is the rule there (hence why they have a rather nice office in Chicago).

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The first photo in the article suggests otherwise.

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