REVIEW: Out of Office, Anne Helen Petersen & Charlie Warzel



So, working from home, huh?

Love it or hate it, it’s part of our lives now. Maybe you have a great at-home office setup, or maybe you’re still at the kitchen table. But it’s obvious that COVID-19 is changing the way we work, potentially forever. Anne Helen Petersen, author of the excellent pop-academic work Can’t Even about millennial burnout, teamed up with her partner Charlie Warzel to deliver Out of Office, a look at how working from home can be better for us all. What makes this a particularly interesting read is that Petersen and Warzel have different experiences of working from home. Warzel had been WFH for years after they relocated to Montana, and Petersen had never worked from home until COVID hit. They both understand the pros and cons, and how different personality types and working styles can sink or swim in the WFH present.

Petersen is one of my favourite nonfiction authors, and maybe the coolest college professor in America (besides Sarah Heidt – iykyk). Here, there’s no clickbaity pull quotes about WFH and the death of Pret. Instead, Petersen and Warzel look at companies that have made working from home really work–with lots of strategies that you can take to your own job.

Petersen and Warzel also make a real effort to create a narrative about WFH that is inclusive–talking about the experiences of women, people of colour, and disabled people in working from home and the office. As opposed to some other post-COVID books I’ve read recently, this a far more inclusive examination of social issues and how we can improve them. If you work, whether you’re an executive, an essential worker, have a decades-long career or just started out, you can’t skip this one.

Thank you to NetGalley and Scribe UK for the review copy.

RATING: 5/5 stars

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