The Continued Hostility To Remote Working

Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX
Published in
5 min readJun 14, 2024

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Since the corporate world was forced to compromise, it’s now intent on making hybrid workers as absolutely miserable as possible.

“Image generated using OpenAI’s DALL·E.”

I think it’s fair to say that us progressive engineers, doing our continued great work in the Grand Game of Software Engineering, are a lot better off than we used to be¹ a few short years ago.

I say that because the part of our lives that used to make us so very miserable, disillusioned, and just basically tired all of the time — commuting — has been eliminated, or at least reduced, in a great number of the more forward looking and trusting companies.

No more trudging with wet shoes through the rain, expensive, overpriced, and lukewarm coffee in one hand and rain smeared iPhone in the other.

No more sitting in endless traffic jams listening to self-aggrandising nobodies prattle on for hours in meaningless podcasts whilst the frustration builds to slam your foot down on the accelerator, ram the car in front, and scream out in infinite anger.

And, definitely no more squashing ourselves into packed railway carriages like a school of suicidal sardines — gasping to breathe in a fug² of body odour, condensation, and bad breath.

And, breathe. Literally. If you can.

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Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, X, and Overwatch fan.