Bees who work from home..

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m on maternity leave, so I am not working right now and also not going back to my old job, but I did previously work from home a few times a week. I actually preferred going in to the office after awhile. The novelty of working from home wore off, and it was nice to be around my coworkers. I got a lot done at home though and often finished early, but I had to be very mindful to put work away and stop working. It was easy to just work the entire day away as there was no separation between work and home. I worked in media relations.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

For me, it’s absolute gold.  I love to work from home.  I’m comfortable, focused, and it’s nice to be home for things like deliveries or repair guys if the house needs work, etc.

However, it’s not for everyone.  If you’re not a self-motivated person or aren’t great with time management, I’ve heard it can be very difficult for some people.  It’s very tempting to clean the house instead, or take care of other personal projects.  So as long as you’re dedicated to still working hard, it can be great.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I work in nursing informatics and work from home 50%. I love the flexibility it affords me, but I do like going into the office too. I don’t think I’d enjoy working from home full time; I need adult interaction and a reason to get dressed/put makeup on lol. Working from home also cuts down a LOT on needing to take PTO; I can still work if I’m a little under the weather or if one of my kids has to stay home from school. That is priceless to me. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I work in research and work from home 2-3 days per week. It’s the perfect balance for me. I definitely think I get more done working from home because I don’t have to spend 60+ mins commuting each way and I’m not getting interrupted constantly or sucked into office small talk. It saves me some money because I don’t buy lunch those days, I don’t have to pay the nanny while I commute (I take transit, so no cost savings there), and I can get by with having fewer work clothes. It also lets me take less PTO and be more flexible with my vacation time because I can do a day or two of work while traveling. One downside is that on my unproductive days, I get less done at home than I would at work. On these days I’ll go to a coffee shop to work, and on the whole I still get more done overall. I wouldn’t want to work from home full-time because I really like my coworkers, but having that option is amazing. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I’m in software engineering and I work from home anywhere from 1-2 days a week.  Mainly it’s because I often have meetings with our offices in other countries and have to dial into video conferences at 4 am sometimes. I also can work from home with my manager’s permission if I’m sick enough to be contagious but not too sick to work (ie, a cold).

Truth be told, I don’t like working from home very much.  I don’t like bringing work into my personal space and my pets don’t really understand the idea that I’m home but not paying attention to them.  It’s nice saving on the commute time, but I also had to explain to my SO that on day swhen I am WFH, I am working and not doing housework or anything.  (I might throw a load into the washer but  don’t expect me to do housework or cook while I’m working!).  

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I have worked from home full time for about 15 months now, I work in marketing for an international cybersecurity company. WFH has really benefited me in a number of ways. I get more work done than when I worked in a traditional office, I dont waste time/wear and tear on my car/gas on a commute. I also save money not buying many work clothes, on the downside of that I’m always in gym clothes and not made up unless I’m going out somewhere lol.

I got pregnant last October and WFH was great due to the flexible schedule with doctors appts, not having to buy as many maternity clothes and being at home ultimately when I felt like crap and nauseous. I’ve only taken PTO for an actual vacation and thus had some time saved up to extend my super short US maternity leave.

I returned to work last week but have been able to keep my daughter home from daycare until after labor day. I plan on only putting her in during the busy part of the day or when I have meetings, etc.

I miss coworker interaction but ultimately it’s worked out very well for me.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I’m a Licensed Realtor, but right now I’m working for another Realtor. I like to pop in to the office once or twice per week, but I mostly work from home. All of our systems are paperless so it’s easy. I do have to meet clients a couple times a week. It’s nice to not have to rush out to work every morning. Mornings in my house are waaaaayyyyy more chill when I’m not rushing to get myself and my son ready. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I work from home full time as a project coordinator. I miss going into work and talking to other people but working from home for me is a much better situation. I worked nights before so honestly any day hours are fantastic. My current job allows me alot of flexibility. I am currently going back to school and working from home helps. You do have to work harder (IMO) to be seen and noticed that you are doing your job and it is a lot easier to get derailed by other things so you really have to focus and be dedicated to work. I do sometimes have to work on Sunday nights as extra, but I get paid hourly so it doesn’t bother me that much.  

My husband also has the flexibility to work from home and usually does about three times a week. (depending on what is going on that week for him at work) and while he also enjoys it, he often needs to make himself available at all times of the day. He also works with people in other countries so at times he is taking calls at 10pm. He has often had to work on days he has requested off and taken PTO time for. His job is very demanding though and he needs to be there to fix any issues and unfortunately that does mean sacrificing some of his time. 

We are both blessed to have this flexibility especially becuase we are TTC but it can be exhausting. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’ve been working from home for about a year and a half now, and though my feelings are mixed, I’d say the benefits outweigh the positives. I write for a small, independently run magazine, so I have lots of deadlines which helps keep me productive. I have to go into the “office” a few days out of the year, but essentially I WFH full-time.

I live in LA, so not having to deal with traffic is a huge plus. As is the freedom to run an errand midday if need be. I also get more sleep, which is nice. 

It does get a little lonely, but I’m an introvert so it’s not too bad for me. An old coworker of mine really couldn’t deal with it, and she ultimately quit partially for that reason. There’s unspoken pressure to not use sick days much because there’s the thought that you must be really sick to not be able to handle working from home, but I think some of that is also being such a small staff that one person being gone really affects the day-to-day.

Underrated benefit is how easy it is for deliveries. I’m always home so I don’t worry about stuff being left on the porch. I also have a medical condition that requires monthly refrigerated deliveries of medicine, and those have to be signed for. No worries, because I’m already home. 

Another frustrating thing is a lot of people assume that if you work from home you make your own hours, so you can do stuff whenever. For some people (usually freelancers) that’s true, but it definitely doesn’t apply to me. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I work in the IT sector. I went from a job that was not flexible at all in regards to WFH, to WFH full time. I agree with a lot of other bees say. There are a ton of benefits, I get a lot more work done, its quieter, and its a lot easier to get other things done (scheduling a doctors appointment on Tuesdays or running to the bank are no issue).I have also saved a lot of money. I dont put that many miles on my car (which results in less gas, car maintenance, and oil changes). I also tend to eat from home for lunch more which saves a lot of money and dont have to buy work clothes or do dry cleaning as much. Also, a lot of my family lives out of state, so if I want to visit them I have no issues working from other locations (which I didnt have at my last job- I would have to use a PTO day).

I do miss the “office culture” sometimes (celebrating team member occasions and going out to lunch), but I also came from an office that was drama filled and dont miss that haha. The only other negative I have seen so far is sometimes I feel “caged” if I dont go out all day. I try to take a neighboorhood walk once a day, but some days I will eat both meals in and not get out of the house at all besides that walk.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Echoing what many other bees have said. You get to skip the commute, endless meetings that should’ve been emails, office drama, and can generally be much more productive and flexible with your schedule. Want to squeeze in an early yoga class, break for lunch with a friend, or run a few errands? No problem. 

With no lengthy back and forth drive time invovled, after my early morning cup of coffee, I can log on and get a head start well before anyone is even in the office, which also means I can generally wrap up my day that much sooner and enjoy the afternoon! 

There’s also the ability to multi-task while working. For instance, if I’m at home, I can be knocking out emails while simultaneously doing a few loads of laundry, which means less tedious housework to get through later. 

That said, it requires a lot of self-discipline that may take some time to acquire and finesse, or at least it did for me since I have a tendency to be a little ADD at times. At the first taste of freedom, I stayed in my PJs watching talk shows all morning thinking “woohoo, this is awesome!” only to have it catch up to me on the back end when I realized a good portion of the business day had gone by, and I had barely started working.

Needless to say, that mentality didn’t last long, and I soon figured out that I generally need a pretty clear separation between work and my personal space. So now I get up early, get dressed, and go work from a coffee shop. That way, whenever I do come home, I can completley unwind (with rare exceptions when I have to work late). 

I go in for meetings once or twice a week and still feel pretty connected to all that’s going on. I know and like everyone on my team so I kind of feel like I have the best of both worlds. 

Ultimately, if you’re indepdent, self-driven, and can find a work groove that works for you, it can be really enjoyable.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I LOVE it! I work 4 days a week and I work exclusively from home (my company is based in another state).

I’m a true introvert so I do way better working by myself for most of the day. No meetings, no commute, no wasting money on “work” clothes, save on lunches out (I could never get it together to pack lunch when I commuted)….I even save money on makeup now bc I only wear it on the weekends!

My #1 reason is that I have a 1-year-old. He has a nanny but it’s so nice that I can join him for lunch or go play during down time.

I honestly have no complaints. I was the person who got soooo uncomfortable and anxious about having to attend the office holiday party or client lunch. I am just so not into that stuff and I like to keep work separated from my personal life. I don’t miss office life at all!

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