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Working at Home

By (author) William Atkinson
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, New York, United States
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US
Published: 31st Jan 1987
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0870946307
ISBN-13: 9780870946301
Barcode No: 9780870946301

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Though Atkinson purports to break new ground - the psychological aspects of working at home - his inconclusive briefing (which covers mostly familiar ground) is valuable chiefly for its collateral reference material. A lengthy appendix includes not only an extensive bibliography (of periodicals and government publications as well as special-interest handbooks) but also detailed listings of potentially helpful trade associations, companies, and other organizations. Otherwise Atkinson, a freelance business writer, offers comparatively routine counsel on the pros and cons of at-home work. Procrastinators and the easily distracted, he notes, have limited futures as their own bosses. And "when self-managers get organized, they stay organized!" Somewhat more practical are his tips on home-office design - proper lighting, adequate ventilation, etc. On a more personal level, Atkinson reviews potential familial problems and such individual difficulties as fear of failure or poverty, feelings of isolation, workaholism, hypochondria, and cyberphobia (computer anxiety). A portion of the slim text is also devoted to extraneous reportage - notably, a chapter that traces the telecommuting phenomenon back to the cottage industries of 18th-century England. As an appraisal of the psychic trade-offs involved in home versus workplace employment, much less insightful than Paul and Sarah Edwards' Working From Home (p. 26). But Atkinson's catalogue of sources - like the appendices in Robert Scott's Office at Home (p. 38) - could prove worthwhile. (Kirkus Reviews)