I spent 10 years in a corporate office and now work full-time from home for the last 18 months.
I’ll admit it, I miss the office sometimes. While the quiet is great for my focus, an office provides coworkers/friends, structure, and a clear sense of division between work and home.
Working from home is great, but you have to be super organized and focused, it’s incredibly easy to procrastinate and watch youtube half of the day, it’s often isolating and can be lonely, and it is MUCH harder to stop working and just relax. After all, your computer is right there. You could hop on and send just one quick email on Saturday night…
I enjoyed your dive into the history of workspaces and remote working, it’s super interesting.
And I do think I (now) work effectively from home, and I love how it’s made traveling easier — I can just take my work with me! — but I do think there are some good points to being in an office, dressed in real clothes, with a clock out time.