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The Way We Work Now

‘You’re working on all these plants and you’re the only person who’s appreciating it’

The Way We Work Now is a series chronicling how people’s lives and careers have fundamentally changed because of the pandemic.

Jacob Nguyen, 27, is a horticulturist for an interior landscaping company in the New York City area. He spoke with Mai Tran about tending to the indoor plants left behind in empty office buildings after employees moved to fully remote work.

I was doing plant care for about a year before the pandemic. Normally, I have a list of sites and offices I go to that are all located in one part of the city. I would check in…

Without the dreaded commute, The Only Black Guy In the Office has become someone he never expected to be: a morning person. “I’ve found that my workdays are smoother and…

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