Working Remotely: Pandemics, Pajamas and Productivity

by | Mar 17, 2020

Are you transitioning from the office to home to help the world “flatten the curve”? I commend you. Even if you don’t have Covid-19, and I hope you don’t, you’re probably feeling like you’ve been hit by a brick. Take it from someone who’s worked from home for some time – it takes some getting used to, but you’ll survive. If you find yourself having to make the jump, it won’t take long for you to see that there are real advantages to setting up shop away from the mothership. Here’s what I’ve learned from years of pounding away on a laptop at Starbucks.

1. Studies show that remote workers are 127% more productive than their office-bound counterparts. No one is sure why that is, but it’s true. I read it on Facebook. I also got a Tweet that employees who are allowed to work from home are 68% happier, stay in their jobs an average of 24.7 years longer, and ask for raises 91% fewer times that their office colleagues. It was retweeted 341,418 times.

2. Working from home reduces absenteeism. Think about it. (Duh! How can you be absent if you live where you work?)

3. Working remotely saves you money on your wardrobe. The old adage is true. You can roll out of bed and work in your PJs. They’re a lot cheaper than a suit. You’d also look pretty silly sitting at your dining room table in a suit in the middle of the day.

4. Your boss will save money on the infrastructure she’d have to provide were you in the office – like paper airplanes, chewed up pencils, and paper clip chains. But no worries. You can still use the pens, tape dispenser, copy paper, and those 82 pads of yellow sticky notes you borrowed from the office.

5. Working remotely saves time. The checkout line at Target is a lot shorter at 11 am than it is at 6 pm.

6. You’ll suffer fewer interruptions from co-workers. No one will ever know that you turned off the ringer on your phone and never even opened up Outlook.

7. Admit it. There is nothing more satisfying than the privacy of your own toilet (hopefully pre-stocked with TP).

8. You can deduct your Netflix subscription.

9. You could lose weight. Instead of succumbing to the temptation of Accounting’s surprise birthday cake for Margaret or the jelly Krispy Kremes Bob brought, you can stock your kitchen with Hot Pockets and bottles of Coors, or even Dos Equis.

10. For those times you simply must venture into that hotbed of germ-riddled coworkers, hand sanitizer is an effective antiseptic. Unfortunately, as we know, Purell is in short supply, but you can actually make your own. Take 2/3rds cup of isopropyl alcohol and add 1/3rd cup of aloe vera gel (fragrance is optional). You can substitute vodka for the alcohol (according to Good Housekeeping). Or you can put the vodka in a mason jar, fill the jar to the brim with orange juice, add a straw, and take your chances.

Carron Nicks

Carron Nicks

Attorney + Writer

I am incredibly lucky. After more than 25 years as a bankruptcy and consumer lawyer, I am focusing my practice on what I enjoy most: researching and writing briefs, motions, pleadings, articles, online content, and other media, and helping other attorneys efficiently utilize their resources.


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