When I first started working post-graduate school, I was a product manager and had an extremely liberal work from home policy. I worked from home at least 2-3 days a week. I could have worked from home every day of the week for all anyone cared…as long as I got my shit done.
Then I moved into investor relations and lost my work from home privileges. After giving birth and returning to work, I started to lose it. I was depressed. I was in therapy. I had to plead my case to work from home. I wrote about my experience and my advice in requesting to work from home here. Specifically as it relates to working mothers, I’ve polled my network and there isn’t a single mother I know who doesn’t work from home.
I am more effective at my job when I work from home.
- The elimination of a commute means a longer work day. I can get started earlier and work later. I don’t have to get dressed or brush my hair.
- With my work laptop at home, I’m also likely to do another hour or so of work right before bedtime.
- There are less distractions at home, whereas at work I’m bothered by irrelevant chit-chat or colleagues’ work conversations since I sit in a cubicle. Hence the constant use of headphones!
- Lastly there is something seriously wrong with our office temperature. It’s like a sauna. So while the rest of San Francisco is bristling in Karl the Fog, I’m practically in a tank top in a corporate environment. WTF?
I spend more time with my family.
- I don’t have to rush everyone because mommy’s got to get to work. Instead I can spend time playing with Franco and getting him dressed.
- I can pickup Franco at a reasonable hour because I’m not commuting home.
I’m more productive with my personal life.
- I’m available to meet contractors, cleaners, etc.
- I can easily go to the doctor, the cleaner, the library, and eat from home instead of spending $10 on lunch somewhere in the city.
- It’s also so nice to be able to piss/poop in the comfort of your own bathroom.
Let’s hear it. Do you work from home? What are the advantages/disadvantages for you?