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A Not-at-All Serious Guide to Where to Work


So you’re one of the millions of workers around the world that has become liberated from the necessity of going to the office each day. Instead, you can make the choice to slug off to the office like the lemming of lore, or you can remotely access your work computer from home or from a café…

Now obviously, your choice will depend on your own particular circumstances and needs. But, just for the sake of it, let’s have a completely unscientific and totally unserious look at how you should make your choice, broken down by different categories.

Costs:

The first category is a clear win for the office. Think of it this way: at home, you pay all the costs; heat, electricity, connectivity, food, drinks, etc. And sure, the coffee shop is picking up the electricity, water, and other utilities, but you’re paying how much for an overprices triple latte macchiato? Meanwhile, at the office you can actually supplement your income in kind by raiding the fridge. Just be careful not to get caught, and don’t eat anything that looks like a penicillin experiment.

Scenery:

A category that admittedly depends on your own personal tastes. Cafes today come in shapes and sizes and themes. There are literary cafes, sports cafes, morning cafes, evening cafes, and even cat cafes where the local felines knock your stuff off your table. Offices, of course, tend to be pretty uniform, which can be soothing and help some people focus, while other start to sympathize with Michael Douglas in Falling Down. Ultimately, it depends on how lazy you are, because if you’ve only got bare walls at home, you’re probably going to want something a bit more scenic.

Ambiance:

So your noise-cancelling Beats are on the fritz and your forced to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells surrounding you. Well, the office will be a great place to catch up on all the latest gossip, while the café will make you head ring with the clanging and crashing of dishes and flatware, the hissing steam of the coffee machine; and the constant chatter of all those people around you. This leaves home, which means you get to choose your background noise, as long as the neighbors don’t mind the five-hour heavy metal concert you’ve had in your queue….

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