I get lots of questions about working from home. Did I ever share photos of my home office now that I bought the whole furniture get-up? I should do that. Most of the questions that I get have to do with the temptations. People rarely mention the specific temptation on their mind. The TV? The bed? The refrigerator? The temptations you get over. Take it from an excellent procrastinator. The work has to get done so if you indulge your temptations, you make up the work later. And frankly, that’s kind of the point of having the flexibility of working from home. I’m probably more inclined to mow my lawn or do some laundry between meetings and projects. And you know what? I can do that.
There are some huge benefits of working from home. I get online super early and get a jump start on the day. Less distraction from noisy hallway conversations. I save a ton on money on coffee. I can be pony-tail girl, wear my good sweats, give myself a facial all while working my way through my inbox. Jonas can go out whenever is little doggy heart desires.
But there are a few issues. First of all, I realized that when I looked forward to the sound of the mailman, that we had a problem.I wasn’t looking forward to the mail (which is sitting in a huge freaking pile next to me right now), I was looking for audible proof of humanity. Also, when you communicate in a work world void of facial expression and body language, things just feel a little flat. Who knew that eye contact made such a big difference? Also, you don’t get as much of the “hey,let’s grab dinner after work” thing. And I missed my peeps.
So I needed to make a change this week. I let someone else move into my office with me a while back. Having worked from home, it wasn’t really right for me to hold an office hostage when others are doubled up. And also, I think that the recruiters should have their own offices since they interview people. That is not me. So I was cool with sharing. Only problem is that I can’t get much done with another person in the office with me (I can’t resist the urge to talk. Compulsive much?). Anyway, the new arrangement is office hours. I own the office in the afternoons. I feel like a TA. A couple of days of this have already made a huge difference. HUGE.
I used to think that there were 2 types of people (aren’t there always?): ones who could work from home productively and ones who can’t. Now I don’t think it’s that simple. I had a co-worker tell me today that she was surprised I did it as long as I did (it’s been at least a year). I’ll still be working from home quite a bit, but I’m actually looking forward to spending some time in building 19. Plus, did I mention the free soda and the free coffee bar in our building?
Also, I think Jonas is going to enjoy the personal time.