‘I carry my phone to the bathroom’: How remote work can foster a new kind of ‘presenteeism’

This article is part of the Future of Work briefing, a weekly email with stories, interviews, trends and links about how work, workplaces and workforces are changing. Sign up here. “Hi, have a minute?” It’s probably the most benign request to get during the course of a workday, but for Alex, a social media manager at a startup, it causes a spiral of anxiety. “First, I feel this intense urgency to respond straight away. I get worried if the green light on my Slack wasn’t on. I worry that I maybe was too late in responding.

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