Wendell Berry has written about the salutary effects of living and working in the same place, but I’m not sure this is what he had in mind….
The Wall Street Journal reports on a new sort of living/work arrangement.
It’s past midnight, but many staffers at Enplug, an advertising-technology company, are milling about the office in their T-shirts and boxers, writing code and talking strategy. Others are already in bed, sound asleep.
Enplug’s office is a six-bedroom, three-bathroom Ranch-style home in the ritzy Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. Twelve of the company’s 37 employees, including the chief executive, live and work there.
The idea is to live and breathe work—24 hours a day, seven days a week—without the commute and few outside distractions.
To live and breathe work. 24 hours a day. Seven days a week. Few distractions. Sound attractive?
At the Enplug house, work literally gets done around the clock. Engineers often pull all-night coding sessions and roll out of bed around midday, while account managers wake up hours earlier to attend client meetings that are typically held offsite in cafes or clients’ offices.
“We work 24/7. We code. We go to bed. We wake up. We code,” says Alex Ross, 23, the firm’s chief technology officer and one of Ms. Liu’s roommates.
Two of the employees/roommates are married, and though privacy is something of an issue, the economic advantages are worth the sacrifice.