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British actor Michael Caine. Photo: Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images

Forget the home office — 45% of American teleworkers regularly work from a couch, 38% regularly work from bed and 20% often work outside, according to a study by the home improvement marketing firm CraftJack.

Why it matters: Home offices are a luxury.

  • While some workers have been able to spend hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars setting up work stations in their homes, others have struggled through the pandemic.
  • Many remote workers, especially those living in cities, have been working in shared spaces with roommates or family members and working without desks.
  • While a thriving sector for outfitting remote workers has sprung up, and tech companies like Dropbox are offering lavish WFH stipends, most employees aren't so lucky.

By the numbers: People have spent an average of $268 trying to improve their remote work setups, but a whopping 50% still say the pain and discomfort of working from home is enough to send them back to the office.

The bottom line: It's not enough for companies to provide stipends for teleworkers to buy ergonomic chairs or desks, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva notes. Many people simply do not have the space allocated inside their homes for an office setup, and it can be too expensive to move to a bigger place.

Methodology: CraftJack surveyed 1,520 Americans who worked entirely or primarily from home between June 16 – 25, 2021.

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Coming in 2022: A big leap in smart home technology

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Starting next year, consumers will be able to buy smart home devices — like thermostats, lighting systems and kitchen appliances — that can talk to one another through a new connectivity standard called Matter.

Why it matters: Interoperability of home devices has long been a distant dream, but big boys like Amazon, Google and Apple have coalesced around Matter, hoping it will become a common brand name governing the Internet of Things (IoT).

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

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The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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Republicans’ secret lobbying

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The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.

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