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Working From Home: The Good, the Bad and the Laundry

, The Legal Intelligencer


More people are telecommuting than ever before. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 37 percent of U.S. workers have telecommuted, four times greater than the 9 percent found in 1995. The arrangements vary, and for some it is full time and for others limited to a few days a week. Recently, a client of mine with a portable workload was asked, along with her entire department, to telecommute as a strategy for the company to lease a smaller space. While this would have many jumping for joy, it was unwelcome news for her as she enjoyed daily interactions with coworkers. It required a shift in expectations, ­attitude and proactivity to create new rituals and routines to replace those of a traditional workplace.

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  • Kate Cacciamani

    Great article and advice. I am a self employed lawyer and I feel I have the best of both worlds commuting to court for mostly morning hearings (people contact) while working on files in my home office in the afternoon ( and missing the evening rush hour traffic). But you do have to be careful not to have work cross-over to home life and vise-versa. Sometimes family members think I must "have the afternoons off" because I‘m home, but that‘s not the case.

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