(Closed) Bees working from home

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I work from home as a customer service rep. I worked at the headquarters for 5 years and now have worked from home for 4 years. 9 years! Yikes.ย 

I honestly don’t miss the social aspect of it. Most of my coworkers work from home now anyways. Not having to get dressed and pay for gas are huge!ย 

Lets just say, if I ever lost this job…I would cry. lolย 

If I had kids, the situation may be different.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m a little confused. Why do you want to work at home? You say you miss the office environment and you’re already “miserable” not being connected to the outside world. Working from home will not change that… it’s the exact opposite lol. Is your only aversion to an office environment the “urgency of deadlines”? Working from home will not change that either. You still have deadlines and goals to meet. I don’t work from home full time but I do occassionally (we have the option). Everytime I work from home, I love it for about 3 hours. Not having to rush out the door, being able to enjoy my coffee from my couch and work in the quietness and privacy of my own home. However, by the end of the day I’m going a little stir crazy lol. I like the change of atmosphere of an office and the socialization.

FWIW, I’m a data analyst for an insurance company. Maybe try finding a company that allows you to work remotely a day or two a week? That way you get the office environment and the option to work from home.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I’m a graphic designer and I can work from home. My FH works from home sometimes as a sales rep, and as a vocal actor he worked from home exclusively. But working from home doesn’t mean I get to do whatever I want. In my and FH’s experiences working from home, we would definitely not be able to help a child with homework or cook anything more than pasta. FH couldn’t even play with the dog reliably. We have all the same responsibilities as being in an office. Deadlines, phoning into meetings, etc. It can also be incredibly distracting being at home, if you cannot focus on your work, and productivity can suffer if you don’t keep tabs on it. TBH it’s great to have the option to work from home, when you need to, but it’s not a free pass by any means.

I think the solution to the issues you’re looking for depend on the specific job. Not all supervisors are breathing down your neck, not all deadlines are crazy. I’m sure you can find a work environment that will give you the balance you need, I just don’t think that a working-from-home position will automatically solve it.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

I’ve worked from home for 5 years now for agriculture business companies. I know work in the office and from home and it’s the best of both worlds!

Pro’s- You don’t have to rush out the door in the morning, save money not having to buy work clothes or pay for gas. You can prepare supper at the end of the day. You get to set your own schedule.

Con’s- I miss being around people! Friends/family don’t always understand that I’m actually working when I’m at home and I can’t run errands for them or go out for long lunches. It’s hard to shut work off since your home and work are the same place.

Working from home you need to be strict with yourself and start work on time, set a designated work area and know when to shut off at the end of the day!

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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SoonAsYouCan:  I think what she meant was she wanted a connection to the outside world, but by working from “home” allows it to be flexible. Nowadays with tablets, phones, laptops, etc, working from home, doesn’t mean working from “home” but more on your own time. At least to me, I think. 

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bambi35:  not sure if this is something you’d be intersted in, but a friend of mine has an inhome daycare (she watches 2 children plus her own two) and loves it. Well, she’s always loved childcare, but by doing this it enables her to homeschool her olds (6 years old) as well as be at home for her youngest (almost 2) and make money at the same time. Because she essentially “owns” the company, she sets the days they are open (such as around holidays) as well as if she needs to close for some reason. Not sure what state you live in, or all the rules and regulations for that, but it might be something to consider (and as the “boss”, you can state whether or not you’ll take the kids places such as the park, a museum, etc, and not soley commited ot being in just the house. 

Since you mentioned your own child (I’m not sure the age) like you said, that would give you a chance to fix a meal for him, as well as doing things like laundry and other cleaning, during naptime (things that you couldn’t do in an actual daycare, but when its your home, the rules are different). 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I work for the government and they allowed me to start WAH last summer, 4 days/week.  It makes the job SO much more bearable (I’m working on my Masters to eventually change careers, so I won’t stay forever).  It’s claims processing so it’s all on the computer anyway!  I prefer the more relaxed comfort of home, my dogs sleep in a bed behind me, and I can watch an episode of Friends downstairs on my lunch break ๐Ÿ™‚

It has changed things because we used to do team snack parties and those kinds of things, and now there are some people I don’t see for months and months because they work in the office a different day from me.  For training, we usually use Lync (an instant messenger program) and listen in that way.

I highly recommend it if you do not need the social aspects of an office environment.  Or, maybe find a job that isn’t strictly WAH, but WAH 3-4 days week if you need the office co-worker interaction.  I still interact with co-workers, but it’s over IM or email, occasionally audio through Lync.  I’m more introverted so don’t need the co-worker in-person interaction… and I get my social fix outside of work, so it’s not like I never see people ๐Ÿ™‚

In your update you said “Working from home I can help my child with homework or prepare a decent meal for him after school instead of man n cheese or a hot dog.”  Remember if you WAH, you are still WORKING.  At least in my office, they have strictly said that WAH is not a replacement for daycare or anything like that.  I still have to work 7:30-4, with two 15-min breaks and a 30-min lunch.  So just be careful if you find a job with WAH, you know what the rules are for breaks.  I take my dogs out a couple of times during the day, but it only takes a couple minutes each time so it’s not a substantial amount of time.  Making a meal could take longer, depending what you make, so just be aware of break times and all that.  Not trying to deter you, just warn you of what expectations can be for WORK at home ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Agree with PP. Working from home does not give you free range to care for your kids or do any cleaning or additional cooking. The only difference is not driving to the office every day. You’re still required to work the same amount of hours. When I work from home, we have to be logged in to our instant messenger app. If our computer is inactive for more than 3 minutes, it shows on the app (along with how many minutes you’ve been away) and our bosses monitor that. I can’t leave my computer to do a load of laundry or wash dishes unless it’s during my lunch break. I can’t start cooking dinner until 4:30 when I’m clocked out for the day.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Working from home as an employee is actual work. I agree with the PPs. I work from home. I could not take care of a baby while I’m doing my work and vice versa. However, I am a contractor so there is less expectation of when I am available, and I have flexibility to work at night if I needed to. However, I still have deadlines to abide by. The upside of working from home as far as free time goes is that you aren’t wasting your life away with a long commute. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I work from home as well too. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Family & friends think I’m available all day, when I’m not. My mother just walks into my home office as if I’m not doing anything. I have to put up w/ the neighbors’ screaming kids if my window is open. Or listen to their dogs bark. Then there are the lawn mowers. I actually miss talking to co-workers. I just can’t walk up and BS w/ anyone. I do get lonely during the day. 

Since my office is in my home, I tend to put in more than 8hrs a day. Most days I don’t even take lunch. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

I’m also a Graphic Designer that works from home like another bee. I personally very much enjoy working from home because I get to control my own environment and work better by myself without other people distracting me.

However you should definitely approach this with an open mind about your expectations. I only have a puppy and a small apartment to take care of, and honestly being 30 feet from my workstation still doesn’t always allow me to manage all that. I also rent–so during the day is when my landlord sends out maintenance men to fix the yard and do construction (I had an awful day just recently when they were cutting trees with chainsaws for HOURS).

If you’re already feeling isolated–working from home won’t really help. Sometimes I can go an entire day without actually talking to another person and I spend a lot of time making plans to get out of the house after work hours.

For me the benefits far outweigh the cons, so you just have to consider what’s really important to you.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

You’d be better off served to work part-time than from home, IMO. It sounds like you want to be home so you can do home-related things – like make a better, healthier snack for your daughter. But, WAH isn’t meant to allow you all the free time one who need to make said better, healthier snack… You’re supposed to be WORKING. You’d still need to prepare this snack ahead of time and what not.

It just sounds like waht you need is TIME, not an envivronment. it takes time to do the things you seem to want to do and WAH won’t solve this. 

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