Comments from Malcom Gladwell about working from home have caused a backlash on social media, with critics accusing the author of hypocrisy.
It is not in your best interests to work at home, said Gladwell, who appeared on The Diary of a CEO podcast last month. If you are sitting in your pajamas in your bedroom, is that the work life you want to live? Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink, stated that feelings of belonging and feeling necessary are important. If you are not here, it's really hard to do that, he said.
Gladwell previously discussed his flexible work schedule. In a column for the Wall Street Journal in 2020, he described how he writes in coffee shops.
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He told The Guardian in 2005 that he hates desks and starts his working day using his laptop from his sofa.
His stance on working from home comments has sparked some interesting responses on social media.
Max Burns, director of communications for New York State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, posted a instagram filled with pictures of him working from home and in remote locations.
You don't need people in an office to make them part of a team. Josh Smith, senior manager of e-commerce at Newsweek said that you don't need a work life that requires a cubicle or spending inordinate amounts of time commuting to build relationships.
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Users on social media highlighted the ways in which remote working has improved their work life balance.
My 45 minute commute has been replaced by morning walks workouts, extra time to read, cook dinner and see the friends I've made in and outside work. Malcolm Gladwell is a man who writes books from the comfort of his own home or in his own home. Who does he think has an opinion on this subject? P Hough said that the American workforce finally woke up to the fact that they can have quality of life by working at home.
What is Malcolm Gladwell's commute and office hours like? According to a survey released earlier this year by Qualtrics XM, workers viewed flexibility more as a matter of when than where. Some 41% of employees said they would prioritize the ability to choose how many hours of the day they work, while 25% said they would prioritize what days of the week they work. Just 14% of the population said they would prioritize the ability to work remotely from any location.