Comments on Malcolm Gladwell’s work from home spark backlash and accusations of hypocrisy
Malcom Gladwell’s comments about working from home sparked a backlash on social media, with critics accusing the author of hypocrisy.
“It’s not in your best interest to work from home,” Gladwell said, during an appearance on the “CEO’s Diary” podcast last month. “If you’re just sitting in your bedroom in your pajamas, is that the professional life you want to live?”
Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point,” “Outliers,” and “Blink,” explained that feelings of belonging and need are important. “If you’re not there, it’s really hard to do that,” he said.
However, Gladwell has previously discussed her own flexible work schedule. In a column for the Wall Street Journal in 2020, for example, he described how he writes in coffee shops.
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In 2005, he tells The Guardian that he hates offices and starts his working day using his laptop from his couch.
Against this backdrop, his stance on work-from-home comments has garnered some interesting reactions on social media.
“Malcolm Gladwell has an instagram full of photos of him working from home and in remote locations,” tweeted Max Burns, director of communications for New York State Congresswoman Yuh-Line Niou.
“You don’t need people in an office to make them part of a team. You don’t need a ‘work life’ that requires a cubicle or spending excessive time commuting just to build relationships,” tweeted Josh Smith, senior director of e-commerce at Newsweek.
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Social media users have also highlighted how remote work has improved their work/life balance.
“My 45+ minute commute each way has been replaced with morning walks/workouts, extra time to read, cook dinner, and see the friends I’ve made on and off work. Wild concepts all around tweeted entertainment editor and writer Jessica Derschowitz.
“Malcolm Gladwell is a man who writes books from the comfort of his home or homes. Who is he to even have an opinion on this subject? quality of life working from home,” P Hough tweeted.
“What company does Malcolm Gladwell work for, what are his commutes and office hours like?” tweeted Dr. Jennifer Gunter.
In a survey published earlier this year by software company Qualtrics XM,
workers saw flexibility more as a matter of ‘when’ than ‘where’. Some 41% of employees said they would prioritize being able to choose the times of the day they work, while 25% said they would prioritize the days of the week they work. Only 14% said they would prioritize the ability to work remotely from any location.