Graham Carter

GRAHAM CARTER: The naked truth about working from home

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Last week, this paper gave some advice under the headline ‘Top tips for staying productive while you’re working at home’.

This week I want to offer an alternative train of thought.

Right at the top of the list of the ‘top tips’ was: “Unless you are a naturist and working from home has presented you with the opportunity to practise such a calling, then get dressed.”

It went on to suggest that continuing to dress in ‘formal attire’ would make you more productive by putting you in working mode, whereas you would be in the wrong frame of mind if you wore your jim-jams or even just your skin.

Graham Carter
Graham Carter

But I see it differently.

More than half of my working life was home-based and I’m now retired, so this weird period of isolation we are cast into is not so strange to me.

Dressing up to work from home is all very well if you lead a life that makes you a slave to convention, but if your job or your lifestyle calls for any thinking outside the box, then think again.

Although I can confirm from experience that working from home does require some routine and some self-discipline, the trick is to make the most of the fertile environment it provides for a spot of free-thinking.

There are plenty of benefits to be had from not having to go into the office or factory, but one of the greatest blessings is not having to wear a damned tie, which I have always considered the first step to choking yourself.

It is the most pointless article of clothing a man can wear, and if you stop to think about it: pretty silly.

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Original publication 6 April, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 30th April 2020

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