All white Brits dream of one day working from home. They are striving for an alternative to the office rat race, with its depressing and endless commute to a garishly neon-lit office, having to make small talk in the kitchen as they microwave their leftover soup, or bankrupting themselves at various health food chains selling antioxidant-rich salads.
What white Brits really want is to sip chai lattes in their local independent coffee shop while tweeting hilarious pictures of cats from their Macbook, and occasionally do some creative freelance work. This would leave them free to organise their own time and finally escape the dreaded 9-5. They will be the people in the cafe tutting at you for daring to speak to each other and distract them from their work.
On the downside, this means that their working life will bleed into the rest of their day, giving them the impression that they are fantastically busy. At evenings and weekends they will be too busy to meet their friends, because they’ll be frantically scrambling to finish the work they put off during the day. Their various and complex tricks to avoid procrastination have a hard time contending with the temptations of making their own juice or having a two-hour yoga break.
However, make sure that you do not imply that they work any less hard than their office peers. Phrases such as ‘shirking from home’ will not endear you to them. Instead, quote Richard Branson, who works from home from Necker Island, and argue that “To successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other. A big part of this is trusting people to get their work done wherever they are, without supervision.”