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The Co-Workplace

Teleworking in the Neighbourhood

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.

160 pages

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables


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



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