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National Work From Home Day

We celebrate technology that allows any office job can be done at home, in our pajamas!

National Work From Home Day

On the last Thursday in June we celebrate National Work From Home Day, this year it is June 29. It’s a chance to recognize the technological and cultural evolutions that allow us as a work culture to be as productive anywhere in the world as we are in the office. For years, working at home had been the purview of certain types of jobs, or saved as a bonus to reward employees while the rest of us battled with the daily commute. Now, however, the tools exist so that nearly any office job can be done at home without a loss of productivity. Today, we celebrate those achievements and do so in our pajamas. If you wanted to make sure your work from home setup is on point, then check out our guide to the best laptop stands.


The history of working from home should probably be called the history of working, because for most of human history work was done primarily in and around the home. From the earliest hunter-gatherers to the home-based shops of medieval Europe, working from home was more the norm than the exception. It wasn’t until the Renaissance when mixed use storefronts gave way to more centralized administrative buildings for government, schools, that the idea of an office to go to for work even entered the lexicon. 

However, it was the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century that changed the way we work in profound ways. The advent of factories with sophisticated and heavy machinery for producing goods such as textiles meant that people were unable to do their work within the confines of their own homes. This created the working outside of the home model consisting of skilled workers that would eventually evolve into our own familiar office-style work model. 

Throughout most of the 20th century work from home was relegated to certain professions, the most notably being creative arts — painters, musicians, writers, etc. — and multi-level marketing jobs that became popular in the 1950s and 1960s. 

However, in the background, the technology was slowly evolving to the point where working from home was as technologically sophisticated and productive as working in an office. From roughly the 1980s until today, technology has opened the door bit by bit to more and more remote work options. The personal computer, the fax machine, mobile phones, the internet, video chat, collaborative documents, have all collaborated to changes in remote work culture and capability. 

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on remote work is analyzed in the coming months, many of the cultural barriers to remote work may be weakened or removed, revealing a renaissance in remote work professions (pants options, of course). 


1.No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem

Assuming you’ve already chosen to celebrate National Work From Home Day by actually working from home, why not take it a step further and completely eschew that office dress code? Want to type away in cut-off jean shorts and an old band t-shirt? Go for it. Pajamas are more your style, who are we to judge? Get comfy, cause you’re already home.

2.My That Couch Looks Comfy

Sure, your home office may be the latest in ergonomic work chairs from Sweden but they don’t hold a candle to your couch. Prop your laptop on a throw pillow on your lap and get workin.’

3.Make a Gourmet Homemade Lunch

When we’re in the office, lunch often exists of greasy takeout or a limp sandwich eaten at your desk. But when you’re home you have access to all sorts of foods and cooking materials. Why not make the most of them? Spend a little time (breaks are healthy) and prepare a nice meal from scratch. You’ll feel much better about your culinary choices and come back to your desk refreshed and ready.


A. It Feels Almost Like a Staycation

We may be working, but when you don’t have to worry about beating the traffic to the office and instead ease into the day with a cup of coffee on the porch, it can almost feel like having the day off — almost. 

B. Video Calls Can Be Fun

Don’t throw that tomato at the screen, you know they have their moments. Video calls are a fact of life now but they don’t have to be drab, annoying, and fruitless conversations. Spice them up with a clever background, or start each meeting by screen-sharing a fun game that everyone on the call can play. Video calls are what you make them, so make them fun. 

C. The Relative Freedom

Of course we are still expected to work our usual hours and be as productive as we are in the office, but when you’re working from home there’s a bit more freedom to control your day than there is when you’re under the microscope in the office. Take advantage of that freedom, it can be recuperative.


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