Post # 1
I don’t think it’s fair that some people at my company get to work from home a few days a week and I don’t. First of all, it’s mostly the managers (some my level who do it without asking) which is kind of backwards because they are the ones that really NEED to be in the office for their jobs. But since they all live far away from work and have kids, doctors appointments, etc. they are working ‘remotely’ several days a week. Meanwhile, I could do my job from anywhere with an internet connection, I’m totally wireless and don’t need signoff from anyone.
The reason this bothers me so much is because i KNOW for a FACT they are not putting in actual 8 hour days when they’re home. Meanwhile, I get in at 8:30am and never leave before 5:30pm work through lunch most days and quite frankly pick up their slack while they run personal errands all day. They are always ‘out of pocket’ (corp speak for unavailable) so I have to field calls and work on their accounts in addition to my own. Meanwhile they make a lot more $ than me. Great.
Is anyone else in a similar situation? This is so unfair!!
***NOTE: I understand some of you bees actually work from home full time and would prefer to be in an office. That isn’t what this issue is about. And I also understand that some companies are doing this more to cut down on overhead, also not what this issue is about as I work for a large global company that is not implementing this cost cutting measure***
Post # 3
I’m right there with you. There’s no need for me to come into an office to do my job… in fact, our work gives us a VPN, so we can work from home… but the department I’m in doesn’t allow it, saying we need to be in the office for our teams… my entire team works in an office two hours away, including my manager. Sooo I’m basically alone in my office… and all meetings are done by phone… and I have a work-provided blackberry! It drives me crazy, because much like you, the peoople who are working from home are often “unavailable” or don’t pick up their phones. Or have “appointments” or “meetings” argh. And even in my department, if you have a kid, they let you work from home, but if you don’t, it’s frowned upon and they tell you if you have an appointment to take sick or personal time… double standard much?!
Post # 4
@7SEVENJ9: EXACTLY!!!! YES!!! I also have a VPN and a work Blackberry. But it’s totally frowned upon to not come into the office since I don’t have kids!! Totally unfair that I have to take vacation time to run necessary errands that need to be done during working hours while all the managers get to run around all day unavailable. I mean, my boss is pretty understanding for the most part but then we’ll all get an email about ‘normal work hours’.. passive aggressive?
Post # 5
Ugh, it’s so annoying!!! Even when I am at home or out of the office, I still answer emails and have the phone on for people to get in touch with me. And if I’m in an appointment, I just don’t answer, but I email people and let them know the hours I’ll be away… most of the time I’m told to be in the office both before and after, even if the appointment is close to my house, and time could be better utilized at home instead of driving back and forth to the office!
Post # 6
@7SEVENJ9: I totally hear you!! And in addition to that, whenever there is a snow storm or problems with public transportation they EXPECT us to all come in to work somehow, but the managers get to stay home, warm and snuggled in their beds again ‘working from home’.
Post # 7
After 7 months with my job I finally got to start working from home – the annoying thing is that I can only do it one day a week and my job could literally be done at home 5 days a week!! Everything is on the internet and I have a VPN!
I totally understand your frustration. Its not fair that others have the privelege and you dont. Have you tried talking to your manager/boss about it? Maybe you will be able to they just hadnt considered it until you ask? Or is it company policy that it is managers only? Our managers have the flexibility of choosing to work from home instead of taking a sick day and THAT pisses me off!!
Post # 8
My boss has done this since I started working here over 3 years ago. I wish I could work from home! But the thing is with our position it is nearly impossible to do this job remotely. So I do have to say that it drives me crazy on many occasions. I wish I never had to work a full week and still got paid for it.
Post # 9
I work from home (self employed) & I wouldn’t/couldn’t have it any other way. That said, I don’t know about others, but when I work from home, I end up doing a lot more than 8 hrs. Some days I can knock off early, but I also put in some time every Sunday & most Saturdays. It always comes out to more than a 40 hr work week.
There is a bit of a luxury in being able to leave the office for the day & be done with it. That never happens when you are self employed. I do know people who work out of their homes for major corporations & they work their tails off. The 8-5 rule doesn’t apply for them. They have their assigned work & it has to be done & management couldn’t care less if it took 10 hrs or 8 hrs.
If you are disciplined enough & don’t have a lot of distractions, working at home is great. But be prepared for people to have no sense of your boundaries the way they would if you worked in an outside environment.
Post # 10
My boss “works from home” and I often go days without speaking to her. Which means I do a big chunk of extra work that’s really beyond my level of responsibility. Without getting extra money.
That and the elevendy billion extra snow days for people living outside the city. Arrrgh.
Arrrgh, I say.
Post # 11
Ohh yea! We can totally work from home if we have it set up with the VPN or whatever easily. People get to do it if they are sick, have kids etc. It’s not fair that I don’t! I’m a contractor so I don’t get paid for holidays. I would love to work from home on days that the office is closed.
Post # 12
AGREED. There is nothing more frustrating, ridiculous, and morale decreasing then a grossly overpaid co-worker who “Works from Home” while everyone else would get a dirty look if they were to get to work 5 minutes late after battling weather, traffic, pets, kids, alarms, all just to then sit at a desk for 9 hours and about an hour from THEIR home while doing something they could ALSO be doing from home. And oh yeah, in the meantime picking up all the work that the stay at home person can’t do or access from their home office on whatever random day for whatever random reason. “I can’t open that document from my phone, can you read it and send me a quick summary?” “I can’t access the VPN today, having some computer issues – can you call this person and find out this list of 100 things?” “I left the file at the office, can you locate it and make a scan of page 4 and send it to me?”.
Post # 13
Yes! This happened to me at my old job! It’s soooo frustrating. I remember in particular a terrible incident. Our group sales coordinator, whose job is, basically, to field calls all day, requested one day a week as a work-at-home day. She has a son with a disability and wanted to save on healthcare and daycare costs. I remember that my boss and my middle manager (boss below her) were talking about this request out loud in the middle of the hallway. Like, “I can’t believe she even asked to do this! I just don’t understand where she gets the idea that she would ever be allowed to work from home.” Meanwhile, my boss “works from home” at least two days a week – going to the doctor, running her own son with a disability to the counseler, shopping for shoes, etc. What on earth would have been the difference if the group sales coordinator answered phones at home or in the office?!
Post # 14
I love how companies all use the same language. I’ve been hearing “Out of pocket” a lot lately 🙂 Our department is slowly starting to let certain people work from home and I really hope to have the opportunity at some point because traffic is one of my most time-consuming and annoying stressors.
Post # 15
I’m sooo with you. Although some days I do need to be in the office, I live in a small town outside the major city limits and would LOVE to work from home. It can take up to 2 hours to drive into work on a bad snowy day. I know some people who “work from home” are NOT working. I also do the timesheets at work, and since I’m friendly with everyone in the office, I know who’s lying and it drives me nuts, but it’s not my place to say anything since it’s confidential (the timesheets.) GRRRRRR
I just keep telling myself though that they have bad bad karma!!!!!
Post # 16
oh and even though I do live out of the city like I mentioned above I DO come in on those crappy snow days unless it’s totally undoable. It drives me nuts when people in the city who live mere blocks away decide they “can’t make it” due to the traffic.