via Signal vs. Noise
Microsoft is launching a new marketing campaign for Office 365 that celebrates working during your kidâ€™s recitals, on vacation, and while enjoying the appetizer at a restaurant. All this under the guise of â€œbalanceâ€ between work and life. Yes, itâ€™s horrible.
Remote work is still stifled by managers who think that itâ€™ll lead to employees goofing off, but weâ€™re not making any progress if they switch to Microsoftâ€™s pitch for getting to all those TPS reports from the bathroom. In fact, weâ€™ll be worse off. Much worse.
Remote work is not about working more hours in more places. Itâ€™s not about invading every crevasse of your life and stuffing it full of work, work, work. Au contraire, mon ami. Itâ€™s about spending the hours of work more productively, and then having more time free from its tentacles.
Good ideas are co-opted and perverted all the time. Remote work is not just a good idea, but a great one. For shame on Microsoft for cheerleading its most dystopian corruption. (And no, I donâ€™t fucking want to edit that Excel spreadsheet during happy hour.)