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==> Writing for Entrepreneur Magazine, Gleb Tsipursky writes about the damaging results of the mandated return to office.

On-site work in offices is widely described as “normal”, and this particular move is often framed as a “return to normal” after the pandemic.

Look at it on more historical timescales. You will find that “historical normal” has predominantly been for work to come to where people lived with their families, rather than for people to leave their family homes to “go to work”.

Historically, the prevalent type of work has been farming and craftsmanship in relation to easily transported goods. A craftsman’s workshop has usually been in the same building as their family home in towns and cities, and rural areas historically operated a putting-out system where travelling tradespeople brought supplies and collected finished wares.

With industrialization, the factory became a thing, and it somehow got into our heads that factories are the success model that everything else should be modelled after. Offices that don’t do factory work started looking like factories. Schools started looking like factories. Public administration started looking like factories. Everything became a factory. This trend is hostile to human nature and relatively recent when looking at it on historical timescales.

Recent advances in telecommunications have made what little advantage there was to factory-like offices obsolete, so it’s time to “return to normal”.

And by that, I mean remote work because remote work is “historical normal”.

#business   |   Jun-28 2023