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Why one WFH business reporter is now renting an office

August 4, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Brittany Meiling

Brittany Meiling, a business reporter for the San Diego Tribune, writes about why she is now renting an office space to work out of during the pandemic.

Meiling writes, “Work has taken on a structure that I enjoy — a building with walls; a time period with boundaries. Home is just home, and I can once again relax into evening meals from my cozy kitchen.

“In the days since signing my lease, several peers and friends have confided that they, too, have fantasized about renting an office space. But not everyone is in a position to do so. Some murmur about sharing the cost among a group of friends who all work for different employers — a haphazard coworking space during times when coworking should be dead.

“The first time I heard the phrase ‘the new normal,’ I rolled my eyes and expected the old normal would soon resurface. In no time, it would deliver us from the dystopian novel in which we are currently living. I was wrong.

“This week, I planned to wrangle my old routine back by brute force. But it’s a different road I take into a different office. When the elevator opens, the humming newsroom isn’t there to greet me.”

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