Martha Stewart Has Come Out Swinging Against Remote Work

  • Domestic goddess Martha Stewart is jumping on the anti-remote work bandwagon. 
  • ‘You can’t possibly get everything done working three days a week in the office and two days remotely,’ she told Footwear News in a recent interview.
  • A remote work vs return-to-office war has been brewing for years between employees and employers. 

Martha Stewart has done it all. She built a media empire, went to prison, and became the oldest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model. 

She has now also jumped on the anti-remote work bandwagon

Stewart came out swinging against remote work in a Footwear News interview published on Monday

“You can’t possibly get everything done working three days a week in the office and two days remotely,” she told the publication.   

“Look at the success of France with their stupid … you know, off for August, blah blah blah. That’s not a very thriving country” she said, adding: “Should America go down the drain because people don’t want to go back to work?” 

The 81-year-old Wall Street stockbroker-turned-domestic goddess is also showing no signs of slowing down.

“I continued to work five days a week” during the COVID-19 pandemic, she told the media outlet. 

Stewart’s long been a proponent of the hustle culture, telling Harper’s Bazaar in an interview in 2021 that employers should be able to call employees anytime — “even on weekends.” 

Stewart— who employed about 30 people at her Bedford, New York, farm in 2021 — shared an anecdote of phoning a new employee on a Sunday. He told her he was taking a bath and couldn’t talk.

“I knew I couldn’t work with that person. I just couldn’t,” she said, per Bazaar. “If you can’t talk on a Sunday and you take umbrage that I’m calling you on a Sunday—you know, if you are a terribly religious person, I take that into consideration. But I knew this guy was not a terribly religious person. It’s exciting! Business is exciting. I want people to feel that way about business.”

A remote work versus return-to-office war has been brewing for years

“It’s already an ugly war, and it’s unfortunate,” Abbie Shipp, a professor of management at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, told Insider’s Rebecca Knight in March.

From Amazon, Apple, and Disney to Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, many major companies are requiring employees to return to the office full or part-time, Insider reported.

But employees are ferociously pushing back against the mandate — some even so far as to quit over returning to the office, in a pushback against employers’ “productivity paranoia.” 

Getting employees back to the office wasn’t the only business advice Stewart shared with Footwear News. 

She even shared her views about drink choices: “A boss never orders decaf,” she told the publication. 

“I always start my day with green juice. It gives me energy, good skin, and great hair! Mmm.”

Martha Stewart did not respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside regular business hours.

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