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"Homebodies" Continued...

Issue: "Back to School," Sept. 7, 2013

“Bob”—WORLD is using a pseudonym because he fears job reprisal—works as a business developer and consultant and says he’s built a rapport with the other remote workers at the Starbucks he frequents in West Hills. He says he does his best work early in the morning, so he wakes up at 4:30, works out at the gym, then starts working either at home, Starbucks, or the public library. Formerly an employee at a green energy company, Bob said working from home helps the city’s poor air quality, drops his yearly travel from 15,000 to 7,000 miles, and saves him money on gas, car insurance, and car maintenance. 

Bob believes technology has advanced to a point where many employees can work remotely, but traditional management has resisted the change. In response to common critiques that working from home increases distractions, he said workplace distractions exist as well: “I’ve seen people playing solitaire or just staring into space. I don’t think losing focus is unique to one setting.”

I tried driving home from downtown L.A. at 4:20 p.m. on Friday. Traffic was stop and go. I arrived at my front door at 5:30 p.m., tired, cranky, and $8 poorer from the day’s commute.

Regarding the time Harada saves by skipping L.A. traffic: His tendency is to “fill it up with work … I know the frustration level is less, and I can say I’m much more productive and efficient because I’m not wasting that time in traffic.”

Angela Lu
Angela Lu

Angela is a reporter for WORLD Magazine who lives and works in Taiwan. She enjoys cooking, reading, and storytelling. Follow Angela on Twitter @angela818.


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