I don't believe this is "a hardware failure".
It's probably some kind of software "glitch" that results from unplugging the external monitor at work while still in "clamshell mode".
What I would try:
(and no, this doesn't "resolve" the problem, but merely "works around" it):
1. When done at work, open the lid.
2. NOW disconnect the external display.
3. Does the display go "back to normal"?
4. If so, close the lid and take it home.
What works..... works.