LoveShack.org Community Forums

Reload this Page LoveShack.org Community Forums > Platonic > Business and Professional Relationships

Working from home = depressing


Business and Professional Relationships Networking and maintaining a positive environment in the work place is important! Surviving the 9-to-5 within.

Like Tree38Likes
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 6th May 2014, 6:17 PM   #31
Established Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 755
I'm a bit torn on the subject. I worked at a company I liked for 13 years. It was small and casual and I loved what I did. The commute was 10 minutes each way. I then moved out of state and worked from home for a company I did work for at my previous job. They took me on as a freelancer for a job that lasted a year. Pay was great and people at this company were great even though I just talked with them over the phone. That job ended and I happened to get hired on as a 1 year temp hire at a large 1500 person company. I HATED it! The atmosphere was snide and I felt looked down upon. I had more conversation with my cats when I got home than I did with the people at work! The commute was by bus, about 40 minutes each way. I was so glad when that ended and I could go back to freelancing. Freelancing was pretty good, but jobs weren't always prevalent and I did get bored. I am a quiet person so not a huge people person but I did miss interacting with people on a daily basis, but did not miss the commute and loved that I could run errands whenever I felt like it. 2 years later I got a job at my current company which I love just as much as my first company. It's about 100 people but casual and people are very nice and talk to you. It's about a 40 minute commute each way but I don't mind it. I'm doing what I love and like the people.
Mapper71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th May 2014, 6:27 PM   #32
Established Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 17,496
I mostly work from home. Overall, I love it. My only issue with it is no one is taking taxes out of a paycheck, so the self-employment taxes eat me alive. Otherwise, I love being able to sleep in sometimes and be here for my pets and I work overlooking the back yard and can do laundry or something while working. I feel like I live here, not just sleep here.

As for missing dressing up, just because you work at home doesn't prohibit you from dressing up and going someplace. in fact, it gives you the flexibility to do so. I regularly go out to eat, mostly at lunch, and if I feel like it, I dress up for it. You can entertain more because if you wanted to have people over, you're at the house and can start cooking a day ahead or whatever. But if you just really like being around people in a work environment (I don't), then it's not for you, I guess. I just think work relationships are all fake anyway because everyone HAS to act like they like you and then once you're gone, they're gone, plus they'll backstab you if they have to compete with you.
preraph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th May 2014, 11:15 PM   #33
Established Member
 
Ruby Slippers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: in the moment
Posts: 9,377
I've been working from home for about 10 years, with some stints of contract office work in there. I'm looking for a full-time position or more contract work now, as I can't possibly work any harder and my business can't really grow anymore without capital investment, office space, and a skeleton staff. I'd rather save up the money to do this myself, rather than get an investor or take out a loan I'm not sure I can pay back.

I love not wasting time commuting, not having to deal with the harsh winter weather on the bad days, saving money on all the hidden costs of an office job (gas or transit, lunches out, coffees out), being able to do laundry and things around the house during breaks, my big desk and picture window view, being home to get packages, not having to make forced small talk in the office, not having to listen to people's annoying conversations and distracting noise, not having to sit through pointless hour-long meetings that could be done in 5 minutes.

But yes, it can be isolating, and as my own boss I often work all the time, with work hours bleeding into the evening and late night, weekends.

I really hate how when you're bored and distracted at an office job, you have to just keep sitting there looking busy. At home, I can take a short break to take a walk, have a cup of coffee, or whatever, and then I quickly bounce back and get in my work zone again.

The office environment with the fluorescent lighting and blah cubicles has a draining effect on me that my home has never had.
Ruby Slippers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 8th May 2014, 11:43 PM   #34
Established Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 978
I'm a freelance political journalist...been around long enough that I get to pick and choose my assignments and write on spec anything I want. However, I do understand what you mean. I would go crazy if I had to be in an office at home without any stimuli. I actually travel a little bit for my work but when I am at home, I work in coffee shops, diners and such because I like being around people.
Smilecharmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th May 2014, 8:35 AM   #35
Member
 
Chocolat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sun and surf...
Posts: 1,121
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruby Slippers View Post
I've been working from home for about 10 years, with some stints of contract office work in there. I'm looking for a full-time position or more contract work now, as I can't possibly work any harder and my business can't really grow anymore without capital investment, office space, and a skeleton staff. I'd rather save up the money to do this myself, rather than get an investor or take out a loan I'm not sure I can pay back.

I love not wasting time commuting, not having to deal with the harsh winter weather on the bad days, saving money on all the hidden costs of an office job (gas or transit, lunches out, coffees out), being able to do laundry and things around the house during breaks, my big desk and picture window view, being home to get packages, not having to make forced small talk in the office, not having to listen to people's annoying conversations and distracting noise, not having to sit through pointless hour-long meetings that could be done in 5 minutes.

But yes, it can be isolating, and as my own boss I often work all the time, with work hours bleeding into the evening and late night, weekends.

I really hate how when you're bored and distracted at an office job, you have to just keep sitting there looking busy. At home, I can take a short break to take a walk, have a cup of coffee, or whatever, and then I quickly bounce back and get in my work zone again.

The office environment with the fluorescent lighting and blah cubicles has a draining effect on me that my home has never had.
Geez, Ruby, get outta my head!
Chocolat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th May 2014, 9:29 AM   #36
Established Member
 
Elswyth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 24,703
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruby Slippers View Post

I really hate how when you're bored and distracted at an office job, you have to just keep sitting there looking busy. At home, I can take a short break to take a walk, have a cup of coffee, or whatever, and then I quickly bounce back and get in my work zone again.

The office environment with the fluorescent lighting and blah cubicles has a draining effect on me that my home has never had.
Yes, this!

The other folks in my graduate lab ask me how I manage, working from home the majority of the time, when they prefer to work in the lab. But heck, I don't just "manage", I love it! It's just so much more efficient for me to work from home, I can get so much more done when I'm 'in the zone' and free to do whatever I need to keep myself there. Rather than wasting time trying to act busy when I really just need a short nap.
__________________
~Perfection is about accepting that we cannot control everything and letting go of some of our preconceived notions.~ -Spiritofnow-
Elswyth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th May 2014, 9:38 AM   #37
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: London
Posts: 1
I worked from home for over 4 years and and I must admit it has it's advantages but it can also have it's disadvantages, for example I never seem to get as much done if i am working along side other people and of course it can also get lonely.
lynette Lane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th May 2014, 9:48 AM   #38
Established Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2,562
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruby Slippers View Post
I love not wasting time commuting, not having to deal with the harsh winter weather on the bad days, saving money on all the hidden costs of an office job (gas or transit, lunches out, coffees out), being able to do laundry and things around the house during breaks, my big desk and picture window view, being home to get packages, not having to make forced small talk in the office, not having to listen to people's annoying conversations and distracting noise, not having to sit through pointless hour-long meetings that could be done in 5 minutes.

But yes, it can be isolating, and as my own boss I often work all the time, with work hours bleeding into the evening and late night, weekends.

I really hate how when you're bored and distracted at an office job, you have to just keep sitting there looking busy. At home, I can take a short break to take a walk, have a cup of coffee, or whatever, and then I quickly bounce back and get in my work zone again.

The office environment with the fluorescent lighting and blah cubicles has a draining effect on me that my home has never had.
My office environment is nothing like this. There are no fluorescent lights (well, there are, but I don't use them. I have about 7 lamps in my office) and it's really private. I have a big comfy chair in the corner with a throw blanket that I can lounge in if I feel like. I can leave anytime I want and get coffee or take a walk. I'm rarely bored or distracted at work. If I don't have meetings or anything and I'm over working, I can leave.

If I feel like talking to people I can walk down to the common area, but I typically avoid this.

It's really important to have a place that makes you want to work. My home doesn't do this for me, but I love my office at work. If I have lots of work to get done, there are times I'll go in on a Saturday because I know I'll get nothing done at home.
iris219 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th May 2014, 3:51 PM   #39
Established Member
 
Ruby Slippers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: in the moment
Posts: 9,377
Yeah, I've worked at nice places, too. I had this part-time contract position at a university a couple of years ago, and our team worked in this cute old house with wood floors, tons of light, tons of space. Everybody there was really nice and interesting. I got to spend about half of my time wandering the beautiful campus and neighborhood to go to various one-on-one meetings. And I only worked 4 hours a day there. That was pretty awesome!

I know that we have many cool companies and organizations here, and I can avoid the bland corporate ones if I want to - which I will!
Ruby Slippers is online now   Reply With Quote
 

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

 

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What are the options for working from home? denise_xo Business and Professional Relationships 4 21st March 2011 3:52 PM
Lies about working from home bab Business and Professional Relationships 9 13th July 2006 12:26 PM
Working from home BeFree Business and Professional Relationships 5 12th May 2006 12:22 AM
Working From Home. dprelz Business and Professional Relationships 12 8th April 2006 7:55 PM
Working from Home Stone Business and Professional Relationships 8 27th March 2004 2:32 PM

 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:54 PM.

Please note: The suggestions and advice offered on this web site are opinions only and are not to be used in the place of professional psychological counseling or medical advice. If you or someone close to you is currently in crisis or in an emergency situation, contact your local law enforcement agency or emergency number.


Copyright © 1997-2013 LoveShack.org. All Rights Reserved.