As I read through the article, her point of view made sense. I also realized how true her story is for employees who simply work a “job” as a means to an end. Her neighbor was just milking his job, moving his mouse around making it look like he was logged in,…
Most remote workers aren’t lazy…in fact, research shows that remote workers tend to be more productive and work longer hours. That said, I realize that you’re talking about people who are newly remote and are taking advantage of it. I suspect, though, that many of these leechers were almost as lazy when they were in the office. :-P
This part I highlighted, though, got me thinking about the bigger problem: that so many people aren’t invested in their jobs. Me, I’m a freelance writer. I’ve been WFH for nearly a year, and I love it. But I also love helping people with their business’s needs. It’s more than the money to me. And I agree, it’s frustrating to see people who don’t care about their job and probably offer little value to other people.
Still, I hope more people are now able to WFH if they need to, and I also hope that we can shake this cultural idea that everyone should aspire toward white-collar jobs or else they’ve “failed.” The whole idea of “work–life balance” relies on this idea that work is separate from life and that we just need to have a job to get by. Especially in WFH situations, that’s a problematic notion.