Work from home advice!

posted 1 week ago in Career
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I work from home and love it. To answer you, I usually wear some cute athleisure clothes so I’m comfortable but not in PJs. 

For me, super easy to stay disciplined. I don’t turn on TV, start cleaning, or any “home” stuff during the day. I mean sure, I run a couple errands here and there, and toss in laundry between meetings, but I treat it as a workday. 

As for overseeing work, my supervisor does the same way if I was in an office. He’d notice me not on IM, if I wasn’t answering emails or turning in my work… in an office, he wouldn’t be staring over my shoulder. Keep in mind that there are a LOT of virtual tracking programs out there, and many companies use them without telling people. As in, they can detect movement on your monitor and notice when there is high activity and low and when it would coordinate with your calendar… 

I dont’ have any issues with professional development. You just need to speak up more to be noticed  and it’s all good.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I work from home as an employee for a small company, but our entire team works remote and there is no office.

1. What do you wear? It seems silly to wear work clothes, but I don’t want to sit around in pjs all day.
I change into yoga leggings, but I am also a yoga teacher so that is “work clothes” for me… I also like to get up and do some yoga during breaks, so wearing something comfortable is ideal for me.

2. Is it hard to stay disciplined? How does your supervisor oversee your work?
No, I keep myself constantly scheduled with tasks. I never work from the bedroom. I take breaks the same way I did when I was an employee at an office.

3. Is professional development hard when you’re not around the office much? Will you be considered for promotions if you’re rarely seen?
Not really applicable to me, as the company is extremely small. My role is crucial though, so there is no way for me to be looked over.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

wonderwedding :  I have been working from home for the last four+ years, and I love it. Yes, it can be more difficult to cultivate relationships. I work in Compliance, so understanding each department and getting “allies” is important to my job. This is probably the most difficult aspect. I travel to oue HQ once a month and this helps with that aspect. If you are close-ish to the main office, I would still make sure to go into the office regularly. I usually wear something comfortable, but not pajamas. My new company is very big on video meetings, so I tend to do light makeup and work out type clothes, but keep my tops simple, but not just like a hoodie. It can also be difficult to focus, but I never take lunch and find its easy to keep working past when I actually am required to, because everything is right there. So if I take some time to throw laundry in, or clean up in the kitchen, I just work a little extra or make sure to eat lunch at my desk. I find that it balances out since I’m not in an office and dealing with a lot of “watercooler chats” and other distractions that easily distract far more than a couple of chores around the house.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

wonderwedding :  I don’t work from home on a regular basis, but I do work from home probably once a month or so. I work from home when the roads are particularly bad or when I’m not feeling 100%, etc. I have been thinking of asking my boss at my next review if I can start working from home once a week.

1. What do you wear?

I wear my comfy house clothes when I work from home – jogging pants and a hoodie (that is my pyjamas). One of the things I like about working from home is that I get to sleep a bit longer because I don’t have to worry about getting ready. Will still take a quick shower to wake up though. 

2. Is it hard to stay disciplined? How does your supervisor oversee your work?

I actually find that once I get started on a task when I am working from home, I tend to get more done than I typically do at the office where there are constant distractions. Getting going is the hard part, but once I do I’m a machine lol

My boss doesn’t really pay much attention to what I’m doing when I’m at the office, so I don’t really notice any difference when I’m at home.

3. Is professional development hard when you’re not around the office much? Will you be considered for promotions if you’re rarely seen?

I can’t answer to this because I don’t work from home regularly.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Hi Bee! COngrats on the new job!

I work from home full time unless I’m traveling which I do for about a 1-2 weeks every other month. My supervisor sits in another state and I only see him 2-4 times a year.

1. What do you wear? It seems silly to wear work clothes, but I don’t want to sit around in pjs all day.

I wear yoga pants and sometimes stay in my PJs all day lol. Some days I randomly do my makeup in the morning so I can “feel pretty” for the day. 

2. Is it hard to stay disciplined? How does your supervisor oversee your work?

Yes for me it is. Somedays are better than others. I have been in this position for less than a year and I am still trying to figure everything out. My husband also works from home twice a week. So its harder to stay focused when he is home. I don’t have a local office I can go to so sometimes I go to a starbucks or the local library when I have to really focus and get a project done. 

My supervisor reviews all of my finished work. But he is pretty laid back. I can go a week without ever hearing from him.

3. Is professional development hard when you’re not around the office much? Will you be considered for promotions if you’re rarely seen?

I am not sure yet on this one. My entire team is remote and I’m new so I wont be considered for a promotion any time soon. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Hi! I’ve worked from home for about a year and a half now. My company is small and we have a few remote employees in different cities around the country. I do have an official ‘office’, but I usually go into it once a week for scheduled client meetings. The rest of my company works at our HQ which I visit once a year.

1. What do you wear? It seems silly to wear work clothes, but I don’t want to sit around in pjs all day.

Honestly I do wear pjs some days, but most days I will wear work out clothes as I usually head out to a workout at the end of my work day. Defintely no pants with zippers and buttons during the day though haha.

2. Is it hard to stay disciplined? How does your supervisor oversee your work?

Eh, not for me personally. I have busy and slow seasons, so I need some more self-motivation during the slow season but I am generally a pretty good self-starter. My job is largely sales so my work and efforts are easily transparent through my numbers. I honestly have very little supervision. I find that I work better from home than going to a coffee shop or something like that.

3. Is professional development hard when you’re not around the office much? Will you be considered for promotions if you’re rarely seen?

My company right now is too small to really have any promotions to offer me but considering most of my colleagues are also remote in other cities, we’re all generally in the same boat. It would be nice to have some more face to face time with my colleagues, but every job has pros and cons and I think the pros of working from home outweigh other things.

 

Good luck with the new job!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

1. What do you wear? Usually whatever I slept in. Which could be a tshirt and shorts or hoodie and leggings. House shoes. No bra sometimes. LOL. I never have video meetings except for an interview one time. 

2. Is it hard to stay disciplined? How does your supervisor oversee your work? Not really. Although when it dies down and gets slow I just try to find something to do for work like cleaning up any messes from the peak season where everything is going crazy… if not I catch up on chores or something at home when I get a break. 

3. Is professional development hard when you’re not around the office much? Will you be considered for promotions if you’re rarely seen? No. Not really. I work from home half the week and even in office I don’t talk to many people. For my company its not relevant although people like to say thats why they don’t go home. But I noticed those people don’t get a lot of interviews in general or promotions even after being in office for over 5 years. And they network more than I do. They don’t move anymore than someone never in office.

I get many many interviews every year and no I haven’t gotten a new job yet but it isn’t due to lack of interview experience or networking… just that I still need more experience in certain areas. So its not about being in office. Also, my company is global. So it is rare I am interviewing in person… They are always over the phone or over video with people that are never even IN my state let alone office in the first place. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I have the option of working from home regularly but I prefer to go into the office.  I like to try and keep my house seperate from work related stress. (That said, I also work with a global team so I do often need to video conference into meetings from home at odd hours.)

In my experience, your manager may have higher expectations of you being at your desk and responding instantly to calls/chats/IMs than someone in the office.  I know it doesn’t make sense, everyone needs bathroom breaks and to get coffee a few times a day, but I’ve observed a lower tolerance for a 5 minute delay before replying to a chat when someone works remotely. 

As far as clothing… would you ever be doing video conference meetings from home?  If so, remember that there might be times when you might need to unexpectedly stand up and your lower half would be visible on camera.  I know a few people who have embarassed themselves this way — one guy didn’t bother putting on pants (!!!), and I know a lady who was wearing a professional top but a pair of dirty sweatpants with holes.  You can be comfortable but still professional looking!  

Also, if you’ll ever need to video conference (even if it’s just an occasional video chat or Facetime with your boss or coworker), I strongly recommend making sure the lighting is good.  You might need to experiment a bit with lamp positioning to illuminate yourself.  It just looks kind of unprofessional if you’re facetiming or videoconferencing your boss or a colleague and you’re in a dark room and not very visible. 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I used to work from home as a Recruiter for a fairly small company. My job was basically to call and text candidates who applied online, give them details about the job and then get them set up for interviews. 

Now I work in the office full time, but I can answer what I did before when I was working from home. I really enjoyed working at home! 

What do you wear? It seems silly to wear work clothes, but I don’t want to sit around in pjs all day.

  • I always would wear leggings and a long tee, tunic or tee with a cardigan. Comfy but not Pjs.

Is it hard to stay disciplined? How does your supervisor oversee your work?

  • I actually got more done from home! I would be able to start a task and keep on it until I finished. They are way less distractions and people aren’t constantly coming up to me and asking questions, chatting, etc.
  • My boss is super over controlling and a micro manager so unfortunately, I have to deal with him a lot whether it’s at home or in the office. He would call me to ask a question that was super easy to just look up on our Google Suite. So I don’t know if he was “checking up” on me or if he’s just stupid 🙂 

Is professional development hard when you’re not around the office much? Will you be considered for promotions if you’re rarely seen?

  • I have a role in the company where I know I’m not getting promoted. There’s not much room for growth. Which I’m fine with, it’s what I signed up for. I have noticed though from working from home to now being in the office, I have a little more authority. Everyone knows who I am and they take my opinion a little more seriously than before.
Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I’m working from home right now. On a break though! I work half the time from home and half the time in the office for a large international company.

What do you wear? It seems silly to wear work clothes, but I don’t want to sit around in pjs all day.
I wear comfortable clothes. Right now I’m wearing my lulus (yoga pants) and a sweatshirt. I just try not to have video conference meetings.

Is it hard to stay disciplined? How does your supervisor oversee your work?
I don’t think it’s hard to stay motivated. If you set specific tasks to complete then there is no excuse not to get them done. I’m constantly in touch with business partners and my manager can connect with me via Skype, email or phone. We connect at least once or twice a day.

Is professional development hard when you’re not around the office much? Will you be considered for promotions if you’re rarely seen?
This could be an issue. I work at a large firm and promotions are definitely available so I do try to be in the office a couple of times a week to get “face time”. There is something to be said for out of sight, out of mind. Having said that, once you’ve been in a role/company for a while and have proven yourself, it may be less of a concern.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

wonderwedding :  I work from home twice a week and have a full time job.  Our IT deparment can keep a track of the amoutn of work we do.  Our work from home system is installed  on my computer so they would be able to check what I’ve been doing.   Not going to lie, it is hard to stay disciplined, example (am on here when I should be working lol).  But you get used to it.  With time you know what you have to do and get it done.  As far as promotion goes, I was promoted about 2 years ago.  My boss at the time knew exactly what I have done in my position and considered me for the promotion. 

As far as clothes goes, before I had my baby I would stay in pjs all day.  Now that I wake up early to go drop her off I have to get dressed.  So I just stay in whatever I wore in the morning.  I usually go get something to eat and then I pick her up once I log off.  So to me it is just much easier to stay in the same clothes.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

I also work from home for a small company where the entire team is remote. I only ever see my co-workers or boss when we have a team retreat or travel to see a client.

1. I always get up, work out, take a shower and do my hair and makeup. I’ll put on leggings and a comfy top and sweater. I try to leave the house once a day, even if it’s just to go to the grocery story, so I want to look and feel presentable. I personally would feel gross if i worked in the PJs I slept in all night or didn’t take a shower.

2. It’s not hard for me to stay disciplined. My work is very flexible and I have heavy days and light days. I can usually work in spurts and then go to the grocery store when desired. My boss doesn’t micromanage my time; it’d be obvious if something needed to get done and I didn’t do it. If I’m ever feeling especially distracted, I’ll go to Panera or Starbucks for a change of scenery and that’ll usually help me re-focuse.

 

3. N/A since we’re all out of office. My boss whole-heartedly supports PD and I’ve attended several conferences specifically with that in mind.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I just finished a contract job where I was working from home a lot.

My situation was unique in that I was working contract for my former full time employer.  We had layoffs a couple of years ago, in which my entire department was eliminated when we were bought by a bigger company, but then the powers that be decided to rehire everyone.  I decided to be hired on a contract basis instead of becoming a regular employee again because I was changing careers (long story).  My contract just ended Dec 31 because I am pregnant and due any day.

I never wore my pjs when working from home because we did a lot of video conferences.  A lot of my work was project work so I was constantly talking to my coworkers.  I didn’t wear a suit or dress up that much; I would say I was more business casual.  I actually prefered to not wear pjs because I hated feeling sloppy.

It was not hard for me to stay diciplined, again because so much was project work and problem solving, but also because we had tracking software and the bosses had higher standards for those working remotely than those in the actual office.  I technically got more work done at home because I didn’t realize how much bs and socializing we did in the office.

At my place, professional development was definitely compromised if you worked from home a lot.  Since I was contract I really wasn’t eligible to move up the corporate ladder (and I didn’t want to anyway) but I noticed that a lot of the regular employees that worked from home a lot were routinely passed over for promotions.

Interestingly, my prior company got rid of working from home on a regular basis except for bad weather starting Jan 1 of this year.  The bosses felt the morale was better having people in the office and they could problem solve easier.  My former coworkers aren’t happy.

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