Post # 1
I am teleworking today and I love it. I am sitting in my pjs doing my work and can relax and not be uptight about people walking into my cube unannounced. People can reach me by email and phone if they need me. I only get to do it every now and again for various reasons and obviously it doesn’t work if I have in person meetings I need to attend, but seriously, why do I have to sit in a cube for 8 hours a day?
My Boyfriend or Best Friend works for himself so works from home and I am so jealous of him sometimes — he can take a break and clean up the apartment or run laundry or run an errand and still put in his time. Heck he can work at 2am, as long as the work gets done.
Before I started the 9-5:30 life, I never thought about how people get things done — doctor’s appointments and the like, having to request time to do these things. And what about when comcast needs to come and you have a 6 hours block you have to sit at home and twiddle your thumbs.
Post # 3
I like a mix of both, it makes those days when you get to stay at home extra special!
Post # 4
I LOVE working from home. I’ve been working from home full time for the past 3 months, but now have to start going back into my office 3 days per week because it was only a pilot they were doing. The 3 months at home was amazing. I was more likely to get out of the house after work and on weekends because I had been at home during the work hours. I love not having to wake up as early, not having to drive anywhere, not having to shower until my lunch break or after I’m done working. I love being home with my animals, watching some TV during down time, eating whatever I want from my kitchen, etc, etc. The benefits are endless and if I can do my job at home anyway, then I don’t see the point of going in to an office.
Post # 5
I work at an office full-time. Only on rare occasions do I telecommute.
I love telecommuting every now and then. It feels like a special treat. But I’m definitely more focused at work, maybe because working from home is so rare for me. I think that if I did it regularly, it’d become part of my routine and wouldn’t affect my productivity.
Post # 6
I think a mix of both would be nice, but for what I do it’s not really feasible to work from home. There’s a lot of paperwork that I couldn’t bring with me!
Post # 7
I would prefer a mixture of both, which is kind of what I have. It’s not a specific schedule, but anytime I need to WFH I can, which turns out to be a few times a month. It’s much nicer being home during the day, but as far as productivity it’s usually better for me to be in the office. There are too many distractions at home like a bathroom that needs cleaning or laundry piling up, whereas at work I have all the resources necessary to do my job right in front of me and being around other people who are working is definitely motivating.
Post # 8
I would love to be able to work at home, the gas savings would be awesome! However, that wasn’t an option so, I work at the office.
Post # 9
@moderndaisy: That assumes the people around you are working. In my office I overhear my coworkers on the phone fighting with insurance companies or the girl who rented a person’s horse and fell off of it and my coworker threatening to sue because of injuries to the horse (seriously). I promise my work has nothing to do with that. It is highly distracting to have that noise. At home I am also now motivated by Boyfriend or Best Friend who works in his nook and is actually working (although right now he’s passed out on the couch from working all night, poor baby, and he’s still not done with this project)
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I am also working from home today, and love it, pjs, snackies just a few steps away, and my bunny playing by my feet!! I usually only work from home due to the weather or if I miss my train though, usually I am in the office (which I also love, actually). I prefer a mix. If I could do one or two days at home a week and the rest of the time in the office it would be perfect!
Post # 11
I think a mix of both would be great. I do work at home and I can assure you that the luster wears off after a bit. There are a ton of great things about it: not having to commute, not having to look presentable, getting to work from the couch, getting to hang with my pets, no micro-managing, more time to run errands/flexible work schedule, etc.
But after a while– there are also downsides: Not having a reason to put on pants in the morning (really think about it– after a few years that gets depressing), severe lack of in-person interaction (no coworkers to share a joke with or go out to lunch with, not seeing anyone but your husband and strangers for several weeks sometimes), having difficulty figuring out balance at home (like, if you’re home ALL the time it is easy to take on all of the cooking/cleaning bc you’re there to do it– but honestly working at home is not being a housewife), and dealing with people who think that working at home is like the omg-coolest-job-ever and not realizing that it has its plusses and minuses just like any other job.
I refer you to this comic: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/working_home
Post # 12
I currently work from home, which suits me much better than working in an office. But I do like to change up the scenery ocassionally by going to the library, coffee shop, etc.
As a writer/editor I can pretty much do my job anywhere. That flexibility is great for traveling and moving, even if it doesn’t come with other benefits. It would be nice if Darling Husband eventually made enough from his small businesses, and I made enough off royalties, to completely free us from the workaday grind!
Post # 13
@Minutiae: You sound just like me. I’m also a freelance writer/editor, and I love working from home. From a productivity stance, it’s different being freelance because you don’t get paid if you don’t work. Previously, I worked for a couple of publishing companies and would telecommute once a week. That was harder to stay focused because I knew I could do the bare minimum and then catch up later in the week.
I also find I get plenty of interaction with others because I have to do a lot of interviews for my stories, and I always plan lunches with friends. Business is going well, so I hope I never have to find another office job.
The only thing that bugs me is the attitude some people have toward my career. I get a lot of people asking me to do them all these favors during the day because I work from home. Umm, are you missing the part that I work from home? Why is it all right to ask me to drop everything I’m doing but not someone who is in the office? It’s not like I sit around watching talk shows all day with nothing to do. OK, ending rant now. 🙂
Post # 14
@CorgiTales: This! The luster definitely wears off.
I’m a freelance writer too. And don’t get me wrong, I love being able to roll out of bed to work, set my own schedule, and run errands during the day. But I go literally weeks on end having no in-person conversations with anyone except Fiance (we recently moved somewhere where we know no one and all my work is done via phone and email). And yeah, I think Fiance misses seeing me get dressed up for work. I have all these nice work clothes that just sit in my closet and I wear sloppy gym clothes all day usually 🙁
I’d say the flexibility is the biggest plus, and the lack of interaction with people is the biggest negative.
Post # 15
@AutumnElegance: haha yea. my husband calls yoga pants and tshirts my “work uniform.” And its true. But its like– why would I get up and get all dressed up and put on makeup and do my hair when no one is going to see me all day?! If he comes home and I’m in jeans, he knows I’ve been out that day– thats kind of sad. lol.
Post # 16
I would love to work a reduced schedule at my office – either 3 days a week instead of 5 or less hours for 5 days a week.