Working from Home

In this modern age, if your job involves working with computers, you can essentially work wherever you like. Out of this was spawned buzzwords like efficiency, flexibility, remote work, and so on.

To me, the best thing about working away from the office is the fact that I get to shut myself up in my own little universe and concentrate on what I’m doing. Where I sit in the office, I’m surrounded by other cubes, so every time someone in the adjacent cube gets a phone call, I automatically start listening. Sometimes people walk around amid the cubes, lost, and I have to stop working to tell them how to get where they’re going.

 Second best thing about working from home: Avoiding the commute. I have never been a fan of driving. I could go into all the gripes I have about the road and cars and other people on the road, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post. When working from home, the only traffic jams I run into are when the cats start playing in the hallway and nearly trip me as I’m going from room to room.

 But remote work has its downsides. A couple times, the office shut down because of inclement weather (which in North Carolina means it snowed a quarter inch), forcing everyone to work at home for five days in a row. I started missing the giant laser printer and seeing my coworkers in the halls. I even missed the free coffee in the break room. Too much remote work can lead to feeling isolated, and Skype and phone calls help, but it’s not the same as seeing people face to face.

 Also, when working from home, I tend to work longer hours because I don’t need to leave promptly at a certain time to beat the traffic. In some ways, this is a good thing because overtime pay is nice. On the other hand, the whole point of working from home is to maximize time spent not working or getting to work.

 I have many more rants and raves about remote work, but I’ll stop here and let you sound off in the comments because this post is getting too long. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Working from Home

  1. Nice post about pros and cons of working from home. I worked from home for 7 years as a radiologist (no more x-ray films, everything is digital) and it really helped me to raise my children. I could stop in the middle of the day – never an option in medicine if you are working at the hospital – and pick my daughter up from school and take her to dance. It was nice having that time to spend with her and see how her day was going. I could drive my kids to school in the morning if I had to, so I wasn’t completely tied to the babysitters. Ditto for making dinner. The downside – all that time spent with family could now be made up by working to 10 or 11 PM every night since my computer was available 24/7! Which I did for many years for the flexibility…

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  2. Maggie, I’m really happy that you touched on this. I have a love-hate relationship with working from home. The feeling of isolation is the worst. Nothing is the same as seeing coworkers everyday. Making friends online is twice as hard than in real life. I’ve come to really dislike the awkward Skype meetings with the pressure to always be talking or fearing that the connection will go bad. It’s also super competitive for freelancers working from home because the internet is already flooded with overqualified folks. If you know anyone who needs an editor or proofreader, I have the time BTW. I also hate the stigma that you’re not really doing anything by people who have never done it. :/

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    • I agree! I know several people at my company who work remotely all the time… I don’t know how they do it. I’d go crazy. I mean, part of me likes being alone, but I wouldn’t want to neglect the more social part of me.

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  3. I don’t mind the isolation of working from home, because in reality I’m not very isolated at all. My partner is between jobs and we have a dog and a cat, so throughout the day I am pestered with varying degrees of “pay attention to me” from three different directions, which means I spend less time working, which means I have to work longer, which means everyone gets annoyed with me for constantly having to remind them I’m working and for generally being a workaholic. Never mind that the conditions that encourage me to be a workaholic are definitely not my own making. Sigh. For this reason, I prefer being in the office in spite of what is (temporarily) a two hour commute each way.

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