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Posted on27 February 2013

Working from home, the office, or Necker Island.

There’s a news report out about working from home : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21588760

The new Chief Executive of Yahoo is dragging all her home workers back in to the office. Meanwhile Richard Branson apparently does most of his work from Necker Island. I know which option I’d prefer, but what do you think?

Working from home

Here at Atlas, we do encourage a mixture of working from home and the office . It’s a bit of a treat to lose your commuting time, and I truly believe that everyone gets more done at home. Yes, you may go and hang your washing out for 10 minutes in the morning, but much of the day you are working uninterrupted and quietly focused. Working back in the office, you can also re-connect with colleagues and catch up with the gossip.

It annoys me that people assume “working from home” means working in bed, or in front of the TV snoozing, then nipping out for leisurely lunches and trips to the shops.

Translation tends to be a home-based activity, though it’s interesting to note that some of our translators do have a separate office – so that they can switch off when they are at home. Contrary to popular belief they are not translating 24 hours a day (so I am told).

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