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MANY OF US ARE LABORING IN CONFINEMENT, under duress. Whether it is going well or miserably, they're doing their jobs from they you live.

THE WORK FROM HOME FOREVER revolution promises to liberate workers from the chains of the office. In practice, it will capitalize on the total collapse of work-life balance

In an interview with  The Verge's Casey Newton, Mr. Zuckerberg cited surveys suggesting that around 40 percent of employees were interested in working from home. And he was surprised to find that the staff seems to be performing well at home. ''A lot of people are actually saying that they're more productive now,'' he said.

Facebook's chief executive expects that half his staff will work remotely in the next five to 10 years. On the surface that sounds great.

But basing work from home policies on case studies conducted during pandemic might prove misguided, especially around ideas of ''productivity''.

But tech companies are  also masters of scale and excellent at exploiting inefficiencies. One big opportunity will be salary reductions. Mr. Zuckerberg has already hinted that employees would undergo cost-of-living decreases in pay to work remotely

[''If you live in a location where the cost of living is dramatically lower, or the cost of labor is lower, then salaried do tend to be somewhat lower in these places,'' Mr. Zuckerberg said last week]. But just because pay decreases doesn't mean employer expectations will. 

Large remote staffs could usher in a new wave of employee surveillance tech. And big tech companies that have been offering catered meals and perks to keep employees tethered to the company campus may no longer have to.

Perhaps the work-life wall [a mere pretense by now for many companies] can be demolished without apology. 11 p.m. conference call? Deal with it. You're the one who wanted to live in Oklahoma.

Through trial and error, I learned many lessons about how to work from home without losing my mind : put on real clothes in the morning., try not to do work in the same rooms you sleep or relax in, break up your day, set boundaries.

I began to use the privilege of working from home to prioritize balance, not productivity. I often work out or run a few errands in the middle of the day - and use that missed hour or so in the evening to catch up on work that requires more focus when things are quiet.

And when work does slow down, I try not to spin my wheels: I go for a walk, I play with my dogs. If something pops up at night, it doesn't feel as soul crushing as when you haven't spent the day chained to the computer.

Working from home is sustainable only under the right conditions. To truly get it right, working remotely is an adaptation - getting rid of the inefficient and maddening parts of the office - that feels like a little act of protest.

Offices are bullies. They force us to orient our days around commutes; commandeer our attention with [sometimes lovely!] unscheduled, drive by meetings; and enforce toxic dynamics like trying to look busy or staying until the boss leaves.

All those weird quirks are ported over to the remote work world, but they can be quickly silenced by closing your laptop, even if just for a few moments.

When the pandemic loosens its grip on the world, the world will look different. Many knowledge workers may leave the office and their now desiccated desk plants for good.

Mass remote work could be an opportunity to begin to right the many wrongs of work overreach and burnout. But not if it resembles the remote office lives we've constructed during quarantine.

Right now we're surviving. We can and should demand to aim higher than just ''getting by''.

But I simply don't trust corporations to preside over the switch without forcing employees to sacrifice, in the name of productivity., what little work-life balance they left.

Facebook and Twitter employees may fantasize about the chance to move to a smaller city and add flexibility to their lives. For many it might even happen.

The honor and serving of the latest Global Operational Research on a new world and thinking, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Charlie Warzel.

With respectful dedication to the Students, professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

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