As anyone who does it will tell you, working from home is completely different to working in an office with others. I have been working from home for four years now, it’s a marked contrast to previous workplaces where I had lots of work colleagues. I wouldn’t say one was better than the other, just that they are very different, both have their pros and cons. Working from home takes some getting used to.
Advantages to working from home
The commute remains the same length (short!) no matter what the weather or state of the roads/rail tracks.
You no longer need to tolerate the office idiot, unless that person was you – in which case, oops.
You have the printer to yourself – no need to will your documents to print faster to avoid small talk with dull Deirdre from accounts.
You can play the radio whilst working, laughing out loud won’t get you any strange looks.
If you work harder you can knock off early – and no one will judge you.
There’s no one to grass you up if you get in late.
A work wardrobe is a thing of the past -stick to your usual clothes – or work the hobo look in sweats and Ugg boots. Your call.
On a sunny day you can work with the doors open and the sound of bird song being your only accompaniment.
The Christmas party is a thing of the past.
There’s always distraction – washing needs putting on, tea needs making, post needs opening, that flower bed needs weeding….
There’s no one to discuss last nights telly/news with – for this I have Twitter, it’s funny, ever-changing and very rarely boring.
There’s no one from IT to fix your problems, make you laugh or share scurrilous gossip with.
You can have too much of your own company – so unless you enjoy your own company all the time, it’s essential that you make sure that you schedule exercise breaks or activities with friends into your week.
All you need to work from home successfully
Self discipline – to avoid falling down a social media hole and come up at 4pm blinking and panicking simultaneously.
Boundaries – keep home and work separate, otherwise you’ll end up being pulled both ways – all of the time.
To be older – I may be on my own here, but I can’t think working from home when you are younger would be much fun, conversation would be seriously limited, as would opportunities to flirt or meet a partner (I met mine at work).
A conducive working environment – good lighting, seating and desk – and a door – that separates you from others.
Working from home is the best of both worlds for me, what’s your view? S