Someone I work with is thinking about moving and asked me about working from home. She’s done it for a day here and there over the years, but now she wants to move out of state. She was wondering if it was hard to get answers from people or if I went nuts if I didn’t get out of the house every day or if I ever regret not coming in to the office and seeing everyone.
After I stopped laughing at that last part, I could truthfully say that the only issues I have with work are about the work sometimes, not the working from home. And for the record, it’s no harder to get answers from people than it is in the office when they disappear from their desks and you can’t find them, and I mostly DO get out of the house every day, so that’s not an issue, either. It’s really helpful to be able to walk away from the computer sometimes – I needed a lunchtime walk outside to recover from some of the things that happened this morning. It’s all fine, all taken care of, and it had nothing to do with where I was, which is nice to know. I mean, it sucks that the same annoying thing would have happened no matter what, but it’s also reassuring to know that I would have gotten the same response face to face. I’m not being treated differently because I’m not in the office. John wasn’t able to say the same thing about his last job.