my “office corner” of my living room
I’m lucky enough to have a job which lets me work from home from time to time. There is something quite decadent replying to emails in your pyjamas! A few of my team work from home on a regular weekly basis but I just do it from time to time. So when I was contacted to chat about AXA‘s new competition about work for home, I was more than happy to chat about my experience of working from home.
I thought the easiest way of doing this was to talk around the pros and cons I’ve found when I’ve worked from home.
- You can wear what you want! Your pjs, your slob gear, just your underwear, nothing!
- You don’t have to make any effort to look smart.
- You can listen to music – and sing – without upsetting your colleagues
- You don’t have to hot desk – unless it’s a battle between you and the cat. And in my house, I always win.
- You don’t have to go far for snacks.
- You can watch TV during your breaks.
- You can concentrate on work without being interrupted.
- You don’t have to work set hours. You can start at 7am and go back to bed at 11 for a nap.
- You don’t have to face the commute. Rolling out of bed and starting work in less than 3 minutes is bliss!
- You can run errands and get stuff done around the house – without having to battle everyone else on the weekend.
- You can finish work and start to relax in seconds rather than having to come home first.
- It’s lonely. There’s no one to have a chat to when you’re stuck and need to brainstorm an idea or just to have a natter too.
- You look a mess and have no motivation to not look a mess!
- You end up working more hours. I often find I will log back in to work later in the evening. Even if I have been working since 7am.
- It’s easier to procrastinate. When you have no one looking over your shoulder (or at least the risk of that), you find yourself on social media more and before you know it an hour has passed. Ahem.
- It’s too easy to graze on snacks all day. I always find I eat rubbish when I work at home. A whole bag of haribos will vanish, as will big bags of crisps, bars of chocolate. Then I feel sluggish.
- You miss out on gossip. Things always tend to happen at work the day you aren’t there. You get back into the office and everyone is chatting about something and it’s often “you had to be there” type of situation.
- You miss out on team bonding (see above).
- The work you tend to bring home is usually the really boring stuff that needs you to concentrate.
- The remote access system not working is really frustrating!
Overall, I like my job, I like my team and my commute – although at times is rubbish – overall is pretty easy. So I don’t mind going into work. I have a laugh and although there are times where things could be done quicker, I still get my work done on time and to a high standard. So would I work from home on a permanent basis? Not really. Once in a while is lovely, otherwise I’m happy to be part of the rat race.
What about you? Do you work from home? And office? Mixture of both?