Sunday’s New York Times “Ethicist” column had a dilemma from a nonprofit employee. The employee knows that a co-worker who works at home, by her own admission, is actually not working but running errands and taking care of her children. The co-worker has been granted an indefinite period of time to work from home following the end of her forthcoming maternity leave. The employee inquired as to whether she should speak up. Everyone shout your answer in unity here and add, “Why did you have to write to someone for an answer?”
Contrast this scenario with an obituary that appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition about Scott Friestad, an SEC enforcement division attorney. Mr. Friestad worked from home, confined to his bed, because he was dying of cancer. A 23-year veteran of the agency, he was regarded as a mentor by many. He worked right up to his final days, providing mentoring and what his co-workers called “his good ideas about the way out of a problem.”
There is working from home and there is working from home. The contrast here is instructive and motivational. RIP, Mr. Friestad.