Working from home. It’s what we all think we want. How great would it be to wake up, make a cup of coffee, go for a run, come home, settle into your track pants and work silently while you have a slow-cooking roast in the oven. Then at 4pm, shut down your computer, start making a pie for dessert and freshen up before your loved one comes home and you shower them with your relaxed demeanor. “I’ve had a great day honey…”
Ahh…I’m not sure about you, but that’s not what my working from home days are like. I often end up working longer – and less disturbed – productive hours, in our home office. And yes, I wear my cosy UGG boots.
The best parts of working from home: I don’t have to take the overcrowded 8:15am train, get hit by crowds of people with extra-large umbrellas in the city, pay for an awfully overpriced coffee from the café downstairs and then settle into my desk as I get pulled into ‘meetings’ from 9:30am until 5pm…
It’s interesting how split some organisations are on ‘allowing’ their staff to work from home. Certainly you might have staff who take advantage, but I tend to think that once you’ve built trust with your employees and they have demonstrated their worth ethic, then working from home provides great flexibility.
There’s a fear amongst employers that if you’re not at the office, things will come to a halt or your staff will run amok. What if you injure yourself while working from home? What if you need to sign an important document? What if your staff also want to work from home but they’re slack? What if…what if…?
Come on, we’re all adults that are digitally connected. If you’re employer panics at the thought of your pretty face being MIA in the office, then you’ve made yourself too critical and might need to share the load and delegate.
You might be so focused on daily business needs that you’re missing the satisfaction of stepping back and having space to be creative, be better, learn, breathe, have silence to think.
I’m all for working from home. Are you?