May 19, 2020

In some essential industries, working from home means living at work

To reduce the risk of spreading infection, some businesses ask their employees to live on-site.

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In quarantine, working from home can feel like you never quite leave the office. 

The morning “commute” is reduced to a shuffle to the kitchen for that first cup of joe. Signing off in the evening means moving a few feet away… to the couch.

If it feels like the lines between work and home have never been blurrier, consider what some essential workers are going through: The Wall Street Journal says some companies are housing employees at their facilities to reduce the risk of spreading infections.

Live at work is the new work from home

National Grid, a major electric company that operates in the Northeast, had employees start to live on-site in mid-March — when coronavirus cases in New York were starting to surge.

A luxury getaway this ain’t: The company rented trailers in which employees slept, showered, and did laundry. To keep themselves entertained, workers at National Grid’s Massachusetts site played basketball and cornhole.

Not all heroes wear capes, but they DO make PPE

Last month, dozens of factory workers in Pennsylvania clocked out after sleeping and working at the same facility for 28 days.

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