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georgia girl 11th February 2018 6:19 PM

Working from home
 
So, I posted awhile back about leaving my old organization and taking a job where I would largely work from home. It has now been about two months of working from home and I absolutely love it. Some of the things I was most afraid of - isolation and lack of social interaction - havenít come true. I do have to work harder to be social in my personal life now, but thatís actually better.

So, LSers with experience, what do you like most and least about working from home? I am so looking forward to summer when I can really enjoy this experience! (I should also mention I am working part-time as well.)

CautiouslyOptimistic 11th February 2018 6:22 PM

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Originally Posted by georgia girl (Post 7535819)
So, I posted awhile back about leaving my old organization and taking a job where I would largely work from home. It has now been about two months of working from home and I absolutely love it. Some of the things I was most afraid of - isolation and lack of social interaction - havenít come true. I do have to work harder to be social in my personal life now, but thatís actually better.

So, LSers with experience, what do you like most and least about working from home? I am so looking forward to summer when I can really enjoy this experience! (I should also mention I am working part-time as well.)

Um, yeah, this is a big thing lol!

I work full time from home and I am ALWAYS working. I'm self employed. There's no day that I do not work. Even yesterday I traveled out of town 2.5 hours each way, someone else drove, and I was working the whole way there in the car. So, that's what I hate. I am considering completely changing careers again and going back to a traditional 9-5 to get some structure back in my life and have time for hobbies again.

Obivously I love the flexibility though.

losangelena 11th February 2018 6:41 PM

I agree with the above. When I worked from home, I found that I was prone to procrastinate more and oftentimes I'd get stuck working odd or long hours because of it, which was stressful.

I freelanced full-time for about four years and by the end I really didn't enjoy it. I found there were many days where I would not get out of my pajamas until lunchtime, or that I'd sit around in bed all day (even if I was working; curse of the laptop). Those things contributed to my anxiety and depression. About 18 months ago I went back to work full time and I love it. It's a great company, which helps, and there are days when I can work from home, but I find it does good for my mental health to have somewhere to go everyday. I've made a lot of new friends at work so I look forward to going. I also find that there is more separation of work and home life. Like it's Sunday afternoon right now and I haven't looked at my work email all weekend. I like that, haha.

Anyway, there are pros and cons to both, obviously. I don't like commuting and miss being able to go work in a coffee shop, or to stop working early and go to happy hour and stuff, but overall I do better working in an actual office.

LivingWaterPlease 11th February 2018 6:44 PM

I work a lot of different places but am based from home. Some of my work must be done away from home but I like that it does.

I enjoy working in whatever I want to wear when I'm at home, beginning my day when I feel like it and ending it when I feel like it.

I like being able to just grab something healthy (or not!) from the refrigerator to eat.

I like not having to commute daily.

I like being able to bake or toss in a load of wash when I want to. Not having anyone look over my shoulder while I work is great. And I enjoy the isolation when I want it. When I don't I call a friend or run out to a shop or restaurant.

I live in an area with lots of trees and plants but also very close to shops, grocery stores, etc. A lot of people come to my neighborhood to walk or run during the day so often I can look out of my window where I work and see folks passing by.

I'm also able to combine traveling for pleasure with my work so that vacations can be tax free.

Last but not least I like being the boss of me! :)

georgia girl 11th February 2018 7:22 PM

Great responses from everyone!

I think what I am loving so much right now is the flexibility. I was feeling a little caged in my office. While I still have deadlines and responsibilities, the ability to tailor my day is great. Plus, I havenít had the Sunday Blues since I started this.

I also love working in jeans - no PJ work for me, I canít do it - and the ability to run to the fridge. Believe it or not, I have not gained weight since I do eat healthier at home. I also love that working part-time means more time for friends and family.

However, I can also see the points being made from the other side as I did this once before in my career and went back to an office. Thanks for a great
Discussion. Keep it coming!

CautiouslyOptimistic 11th February 2018 7:36 PM

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Originally Posted by georgia girl (Post 7535860)
Great responses from everyone!

I think what I am loving so much right now is the flexibility. I was feeling a little caged in my office. While I still have deadlines and responsibilities, the ability to tailor my day is great. Plus, I havenít had the Sunday Blues since I started this.

I also love working in jeans - no PJ work for me, I canít do it - and the ability to run to the fridge. Believe it or not, I have not gained weight since I do eat healthier at home. I also love that working part-time means more time for friends and family.

However, I can also see the points being made from the other side as I did this once before in my career and went back to an office. Thanks for a great
Discussion. Keep it coming!

Out of pure nosiness, how can you afford to work only part-time and what is the general nature of the work you do?

georgia girl 11th February 2018 8:40 PM

Cautious,

I am extremely lucky, but I am also later in my career. I was a CEO for a long time and then got recruited away to a management consulting company, so I am still well compensated. Plus, I work 3/4 time so not half time, but I will probably transition to pure half-time in a couple of years.

carhill 11th February 2018 9:12 PM

Pretty common path for CEO's and business owners who've ramped down their work time to focus on other things. They set up a home office and do consulting/BOD work.

if not already done, get with your CPA and work out the matrix for tax reduction of the consultancy and home office. Tax reform is live and some things have changed. This will be especially important if living in a high-SALT locale.

I've lived and worked on the same property for 31 years but my business is heavy industrial and agricultural, so quite different from your milieu. The main advantage has been the easy ability to work any hours customers need, walk a couple hundred feet and on the job, day or night. Second, equally important, is consolidation of expenses, not having to maintain an industrial real estate presence as well as a residence.

Main drawback is no clock punching or boss to whack one into line. This can be an issue for those who work to live in that they will find other things to do, or desire that, until the checkbook says hey fill up. People who live to work should easily be able to transition.

In my line of work what I really liked was waking up in the middle of the night with an idea and simply walking out to the shop to make it real. My focus over the years was more on ideas than money. Once I'm retired I'll do it for free and teach any young guys who are interested. Obviously, that's far different than hard-core profit-making business practice. Working for oneself offers such flexibility.

CautiouslyOptimistic 11th February 2018 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by georgia girl (Post 7535917)
Cautious,

I am extremely lucky, but I am also later in my career. I was a CEO for a long time and then got recruited away to a management consulting company, so I am still well compensated. Plus, I work 3/4 time so not half time, but I will probably transition to pure half-time in a couple of years.

You've earned it :) :) .

Elswyth 12th February 2018 12:13 PM

2 years and counting. :)

There's almost nothing I don't like. I should probably drag myself out to meet new people sometimes, but that's a product of my personality, not necessarily work circumstances.

Things I like:
- Flexible hours. So much more productive when I can work when I'm at my best, rather than on some morning lark's schedule
- Flexible hours. Yes, I said it twice! I can go shopping on a weekday afternoon if I want to, no traffic and few people! :D
- Working in a comfy nightie
- Saving on food and drinks, not having to pack lunches
- Ability to customize my work environment - I have a kickass adjustable-height desk, a gorgeous chair that fits my build, and I can set the A/C at the temperature I want!
- No commute
- Few distractions, no annoying noise to block out
- Don't have to exhaust myself interacting with people 8 hrs a day 5 days a week
- Did I mention flexible hours?

**** I love my job. :love:

georgia girl 12th February 2018 1:16 PM

Elswyth,

Everything you said! I, too, think I am so much more focused and efficient without all of the distractions. I like that when my productivity naturally drops, I can get up, go for a quick walk, ruminate and get myself back on track more quickly. And the flexibility is amazing! That was the entire appeal at first.

While advanced in my career, I still wanted to do meaningful work but in a more family-friendly and flexible way. This has been the greatest part of the lifestyle change.

Shanex 12th February 2018 2:35 PM

I have never worked from home, unless you include studying. Or posting/helping people on LS.

Jokes aside, its not for everyone. I procrastinate enough about chores home already. And as pointed out by losangelena, I would probably stay in bed all day with my tablet or laptop. End up tired even more. I wouldn't miss the morning and eve commuting. I would love to run errands out of the crowd too.

Also, my social life which is already fairly limited to about a dozen ''only'' but true friends and some family would take a big blow.

I am naturally a bit lazy. And working from home would not even ''feel'' like working. I would be in my boxers all year. Get tired of working then go browse internet or Netflix.

I love staying home especially during a rough winter yet the prospect of being there 24/7/365 wouldn't suit me.

Elswyth 12th February 2018 3:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Shanex (Post 7536511)

I love staying home especially during a rough winter yet the prospect of being there 24/7/365 wouldn't suit me.

Those of us who work from home aren't necessarily home ALL the time, though! :laugh: I personally found that when I worked from home, I had more motivation to want to go out (for non work stuff) in the evening and weekends. When I had to go to an office, the absolute last thing I wanted to do after being out of the home 8 hours a day was to be out some more!

I do agree that it isn't for everyone, though. It probably also feels less lonely for those of us with partners/spouses. And personality type plays a huge part as well. I personally crave, even need, a few days a week when I don't leave the house at all. That would probably drive a more extroverted person crazy, haha.

dichotomy 12th February 2018 4:50 PM

My current company allows occasional work from home. But its not enthusiastic when you do it.

I have an extremely long commute each way to my company in the big city and even though its on public transit - its makes for a long day.

Working from home saves me all that time in commuting - more time with my kids (even with an extra hour of work - my overall day is less without commuting. I do benefit from an occasional nap at lunch while at home -feeling refreshed and better for rest of day. Also I rarely need a full sick day off - as most of time I am sick ay home I can work most of the day - just not coughing up a lung and blowing my nose every 5 min - next to a bunch of healthy coworkers . I travel for projects - and thats enough people interaction - I like being at home the rest of the time

Bad parts is that I get distracted or try to do little things around home that eat into my day - minor cleaning, load of clothes, or ducking out for errand. Also if family is home - they can feel they can bother me with stuff.

Right now I am trying to figure out if I can increase my work from home - either with a formal arrangement for 1-2 days a week at my current employer - or changing jobs. Its that important to me. I can tell you talking to some companies or recruiters - it would be easier for me to get 15 grand more in salary from a new company - then to be allowed to work from home a few days a week. There are some real prejudices against work from home.

LivingWaterPlease 12th February 2018 6:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elswyth (Post 7536382)
2 years and counting. :)

There's almost nothing I don't like. I should probably drag myself out to meet new people sometimes, but that's a product of my personality, not necessarily work circumstances.

Things I like:
- Flexible hours. So much more productive when I can work when I'm at my best, rather than on some morning lark's schedule
- Flexible hours. Yes, I said it twice! I can go shopping on a weekday afternoon if I want to, no traffic and few people! :D
- Working in a comfy nightie
- Saving on food and drinks, not having to pack lunches
- Ability to customize my work environment - I have a kickass adjustable-height desk, a gorgeous chair that fits my build, and I can set the A/C at the temperature I want!
- No commute
- Few distractions, no annoying noise to block out
- Don't have to exhaust myself interacting with people 8 hrs a day 5 days a week
- Did I mention flexible hours?

**** I love my job. :love:

:) Me, too, Elswyth! Flexible hours, Yes! I am so free! I can't imagine having the commitment every day of being at an office for prescribed hours after having lived this way for so long.

Quote:

Originally Posted by georgia girl (Post 7536436)
Elswyth,

Everything you said! I, too, think I am so much more focused and efficient without all of the distractions. I like that when my productivity naturally drops, I can get up, go for a quick walk, ruminate and get myself back on track more quickly. And the flexibility is amazing! That was the entire appeal at first.

While advanced in my career, I still wanted to do meaningful work but in a more family-friendly and flexible way. This has been the greatest part of the lifestyle change.

Me, too, GA Girl! By the time I go to work, I've gotten up, made my coffee and health drink, had devotions for as long as I want, exercised for an hour outside in the fresh air. Come in for lunch, showered and feel great! Because I feel primed to perfection (not saying I'm perfect, just that I feel great!) for work I can hone in and get accomplished in an hour or two what it would take me six or eight hours to accomplish otherwise!

When I was rearing my kids I worked four or five hours a day, once in a great while eight but mostly not. Now I work one - four hour days, mostly two hours.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shanex (Post 7536511)
I have never worked from home, unless you include studying. Or posting/helping people on LS.

Jokes aside, its not for everyone. I procrastinate enough about chores home already. And as pointed out by losangelena, I would probably stay in bed all day with my tablet or laptop. End up tired even more. I wouldn't miss the morning and eve commuting. I would love to run errands out of the crowd too.

Also, my social life which is already fairly limited to about a dozen ''only'' but true friends and some family would take a big blow.

I am naturally a bit lazy. And working from home would not even ''feel'' like working. I would be in my boxers all year. Get tired of working then go browse internet or Netflix.

I love staying home especially during a rough winter yet the prospect of being there 24/7/365 wouldn't suit me.

In a way I'm lazy, too, Shanex, I sleep in until I want to get up and pamper myself until I feel ready to work. But, that makes me a machine at work! I'm feeling so good by the time I begin!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elswyth (Post 7536526)
Those of us who work from home aren't necessarily home ALL the time, though! :laugh: I personally found that when I worked from home, I had more motivation to want to go out (for non work stuff) in the evening and weekends. When I had to go to an office, the absolute last thing I wanted to do after being out of the home 8 hours a day was to be out some more!

I do agree that it isn't for everyone, though. It probably also feels less lonely for those of us with partners/spouses. And personality type plays a huge part as well. I personally crave, even need, a few days a week when I don't leave the house at all. That would probably drive a more extroverted person crazy, haha.

Yep! I get out whenever I want, too, to lunch or to shop at places close by. I live very close to the hub of the city in a park like area that's plopped down amidst the teaming throng, lol!

Well, it's 5:10. I just finished eating stir fry I cooked up after I came in from a walk, and have an hour to work so I better get with it. I'm all set up to go because yesterday afternoon I did the prep and can't wait to get started!

I truly believe most people could figure out a way to adjust their careers to living this way and would love to help anyone who wants to figure out a way. Of course, not everyone wants to, but some who live otherwise would want to and could if they gave it some thought. Where there's a will there's a way, just my opinion, though!


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