The Selective Seduction Of Adult Homework: For Whom The Siren Doesn’t Call

A young woman bent over a computer desk staring at a workbook
homework photo by Bjørn Bulthuis is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

This scribbler, having been one for much of his adult life, has always enjoyed the benefits of working from home. Also suffered some of the consequences — it’s not all a bed of roses — that include an eagerness to walk many blocks to collect the dry cleaning in order to engage in a brief conversation with some adult, any adult.

The COVID-19 pandemic has, for better AND worse introduced masses of employees to the joys of homework — that activity so despised by youth. Ticking off all the benefits (such as grubby sweatsuits worn over and over until they escape to the wash under their own ill-scented steam), it is easy to ignore the reasons why boutique broadband-serviced workspace in a corner of a bedroom is an impractical industrial framework for many businesses.

Taken for granted by lucky individuals, but more problematic for staff-heavy enterprises, not everyone possesses a dedicated corner of home workspace in a world of ever-shrinking living quarters, particularly those infested with rug-rats (aka children).

Read more in a recent article that explores one facet of this problem in The Guardian: Working from home is a luxury many renters in the UK can ill afford

. . . and in passing, one architectural response to this kind of problem, in ArchDaily: Curl la Tourelle Head Designs 100% Social Housing Scheme in the London Borough of Brent