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Quotations about Telecommuting,
Remote Work, Working from Home, etc.

Welcome to my page of quotations about telecommuting, working from home, home offices, remote work, flexible workplaces, home-sourced employees, etc. Whether you're a self-employed work-at-home person or a corporate worker away from your company's office, these quotes are for you.  —ღ Terri

Stages of working from home:
– Yay I get to work from home
– It would be nice to talk to people
– I hope that pigeon sits in the window today
~Mark Agee, @MarkAgee, tweet, 2015

The refrigerator: number one job hazard of the home office. ~Cathy Guisewite, Cathy, 1998,

While in college master computers, modems, fax machines and E-mail. It is how most of us will get to work in the future. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995,

A grandmother who writes fairy tales in her dining room doesn't need pantyhose. ~Ethel Pochocki (1925–2010), “Still Acceptably Quaint, But Flirting With ‘Odd,’” 1996

Our projections suggest that in the year 2020... those who choose to work will have almost no limitations placed on them as to where and when they will engage in it.... we'll have literally millions and millions of one- and two-person entrepreneurs working from wherever they choose to work. ~William Reif, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, Arizona State University, as quoted in Don G. Campbell, "Visions for Tomorrow," Arizona Highways, 1984,

When working from home, it can be hard to "turn off" at the end of the day. How much work is enough when you're mostly managing your own time? To quote Jo Bennett from The Office, "If you can put your name on this day, and be proud of the amount of work you've done, then by all means, you should tootle on home." If that means a slightly shorter, more restful Wednesday in favor of a long Thursday, so be it. Great work isn't about hours spent but meaningful tasks accomplished. You're done when you can proudly sign your name. ~Gregory Ciotti, "Lessons Learned from 6 Years of Working in My Pajamas,", 2015

Does calling in sick count as telecommuting? ~Bob Thaves, Frank and Ernest, 1997,

This home/office telecommuting thing has my world upside down. Now, when I want to call in sick, I have to lie to my wife and come into the office and lie around. ~Gary Wise & Lance Aldrich, Real Life Adventures, 2007

It's hard getting away from the office when you work from home. ~Mike Baldwin, Cornered, 2007

That's the trouble with other work-from-home types… sometimes they're actually working. ~Rob Harrell, Adam@Home, 2001

You have casual Fridays. Those of us who work at home have shaveless Mondays… deodorantless Tuesdays… sockless Wednesdays… and of course, topless Thursdays. ~Rob Harrell, Adam@Home, 1996

Cathy:  I've had a home office for more than a year... I work in a sweatsuit… set my own hours… and spread my jobs out all over the living room! What does this office possibly have to lure me back to the ego-sapping, back-stabbing, stress-filled world of corporate America??
Mr. Pinkley:  Daily cleaning service.
Cathy:  I'll think about it.
~Cathy Guisewite, Cathy, 1998,

By means of the magnetic telegraph the people of our country are holding a continuous mass-meeting. ~Wendell Phillips, as quoted by Edward Parsons Day, 1883

I had a phone meeting with Ted
Whom it turns out was ill in his bed.
      He thought it was muted
      And went on and pooted
To find he'd pushed "speaker" instead.
~wikiHow, "The Smooth Operator," How to Write a Limerick, co-authored by Alicia Cook, 2022,,

Ahhhh, welcome to the paradox of the home office. The more flexible the arrangement, especially around kids, school and sports activities… the more likely one ends up twisted like a pretzel. ~Rob Harrell, Adam@Home, 2001

The clerk who has to get out of a warm bed on a cold winter morning is thoroughly imbued with the idea that the office should seek the man. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Work from home — casual Friday every day! ~Internet meme, c.2016

Commuter — one who spends his life
In riding to and from his wife;
A man who shaves and takes a train,
And then rides back to shave again.
~E. B. White, "The Commuter," 1925  [He could've shaved at "work" if telecommuting had been popular in the 1920s! —tg]

To wash one's hair, make one's toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure. ~Sei Shōnagon (c.966–c.1025), "Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster," The Pillow Book, translated and edited by Ivan Morris, 1991  [Okay, so clearly not about telecommuting in its original context, but it applies well to people who work at home yet still choose to dress for success rather than spending the day in pajamas. —tg]

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