Working From Home Can Be Tough on Couples

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There is nothing new about whole families working out of the house in New York, and TreeHugger is a big fan of home-working (as we all do it). Margaret Farley Steele of The New York Times writes about how the recession is causing many people to double up, not always happily.


New homeworkers in the New York Times, Janet Durrans
As layoffs rock families across the country, many professional couples like the Sievers are getting reacquainted from 9 to 5, sometimes because one partner already works from home or because both spouses find themselves unemployed and needing a home office. Sharing work space and toiling side by side can radically alter the dynamics of a relationship.

The article seems to think this is a new phenomenon, and is looking primarily at people who are just out of senior corporate jobs and are having trouble coping. In one family where both are newly unemployed:

Two children and two dogs in the house are a distraction. After school, Ms. Horine, 48, who worked at a promotion/marketing agency, said her husband "barricades himself in his office and I try to keep the kids and dogs quiet." If anyone needs to reach him, they have to call his work phone.

Talk about missing an opportunity to get to know the two kids and the two dogs. Perhaps the Times might have talked to some of the thousands of people working in the design and internet world who have been doing this for years, often from tiny apartments. They might have had some suggestions. More in the New York Times.

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