Almost half of all jobs in North America and Europe could today be
performed away from a traditional office. Millions of office workers
are already working from home, and while some appreciate the
flexibility of home-based telework, others find that they are bound to
their employers by an "electronic leash." This book explores
the "co-workplace" - a new type of neighbourhood-based
facility offering the benefits of remote work while maintaining
boundaries between workplace and home. Borrowing from the experience of
cooperative artists' studios, business incubators, and the corner
copy shop, Laura Johnson explains why office infrastructure can be
important for productivity as well as the quality of work life.
Laura C. Johnson teaches at the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and is a consultant on issues of social policy.
Figures and Tables Preface 1 Putting Work in Its Place 2 Situating Homework in Time and Space 3 If You Worked Here You'd Be Home By Now: Pros and Cons of Home-Based Telework 4 Are We There Yet? The Telework Centre Office 5 Your Mother Doesn't Work Here: Learning from Existing Models of Co-Workplaces 6 Where Can I Sign Up? The Demand for Co-Workplaces 7 Planning the Co-Workplace: Six Scenarios 8 Humanizing Home-Based Work with the Co-Workplace Appendix A: Research Methods Appendix B: Research Instruments References Index