Reinventing your work-from-home life

Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen are out with a new book, "Out of Office," which offers concrete steps to rethink the remote workplace to make working from home work for you.
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- Now to the future of work from home, Google recently canceled their return-to-office plans as we learn more about the Omicron variant. And there's a new book called Out of Office, which is all about revamping our work-from-home situations. Becky Worley took a look. Hey, Becky. - Hey, George. Good morning. When the pandemic hit, working from home was a fast pivot in an emergency situation. And now here we are 18 months later. So maybe it's time to take a hard look at the best ways to reinvent your work-from-home life. The boundaries between work and home seem to have disappeared as we juggle responsibilities 24/7. - A lot of people compare it to not working from home, but living at work, which is, obviously, not a great place to be. - In 2017 Charlie Warzel and Anne Petersen traded the hustle and bustle of New York City for a slower pace out West. When the pandemic hit, they saw an opportunity to deeply research what does and doesn't work when you're remote. - A lot of employers are still treating remote work as some kind of perk that you have to earn. And that's really difficult, because it puts people in this mindset that they have to be constantly on and overperforming just to deserve this. BECKY WORLEY: Their new book, Out of Office, offers concrete steps to rethink the remote workplace. First an audit, asking hard questions, like-- - When do I actually start working? People tell lies to themselves all the time about the fact that they sit down to work at 9:00 AM, when they actually start working at 6:30 in the morning. BECKY WORLEY: Once you know when you work-- - How long does it actually take me to get my work for the week done? We surveyed over 700 different people and all of them at some point confessed, really, I get most of my work done in a five-hour sprint. BECKY WORLEY: If you want to keep working remotely-- - Talk to your manager and to highlight all the ways you have been more productive in terms of I found this to be a really sustainable way to do really high-quality work. So how can we figure out the best times when I need to be in the office? BECKY WORLEY: And remember that harried mom we showed you juggling at all as she started her day? That's my producer, Amanda, who was on the Zoom call with us, too. When we checked in to make sure everything recorded OK-- - Who is this that we're looking at? Who's this cutie? AMANDA: This is Jason. - This is Jason. Aw. Look at this. Oh my gosh, work-from-home warrior. - Yeah, this is the reality of it. - Even in this interview. And that says it all, no separation between work and family. The key, they say, is more intentionality, recognizing, OK, this started in a panic, but I can take a minute with my boss and my family and maybe my son on my lap for Amanda to figure out how to tweak my routines and make things better for everyone, George. - It makes a lot of sense. OK, Becky, thanks very much. Out of Office-- The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working From Home is out tomorrow.

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