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2013-01-16 10:51:22 AM
TV blasting in the background is still OK, right?
 
2013-01-16 10:57:49 AM
Working too much. Been there, still there....I put in over 3,000 hours last year. This is why my boss does not complain.
 
2013-01-16 11:04:45 AM
6. Tell the conference call you haven't showered or shaved yet

7. Leave the laptop camera on, so that they can see (6) without you telling.

8. Leave the phone unmuted while you argue with your spouse

9. Join the call from the bathroom

10. Share your laptop while (chat windows / porn / fark) are still visible on your screen
 
2013-01-16 11:20:48 AM
I work from home when not on the road and I set up rules for myself very early on. I always dress like I'm going to an office.. Slacks and button up shirt. I just don't wear shoes unless I go outside. It puts me into a work mindset.

My laptop is strictly for work and only work and I'm typing this on my PC.

Don't waste time on Fark unless I'm on a pointless concall (which I'm currently on).

The only problem is I don't stop working very easily and I know I can always bounce upstairs real quick and fire off an email or two.
 
2013-01-16 11:20:55 AM
6:  LETTING YOUR farkING DOG BARK ON A CONFERENCE CALL!

Seriously, we're going to start firing people for this.  If you can't manage to keep your background noise to a minimum after we specifically sent you to training for that exact purpose - then you deserve to lose your damn job.
 
2013-01-16 11:43:44 AM
So nothing about pants then? Good, I'm in.
 
2013-01-16 11:57:48 AM
Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.
 
2013-01-16 11:58:11 AM

Lsherm: 6:  LETTING YOUR farkING DOG BARK ON A CONFERENCE CALL!


That is annoying, but I'd rather hear somebody's baby in the next room than I would the endless chatter of a cube farm.

Definitely have to go to a quiet place for a client call, though.
 
2013-01-16 11:58:44 AM

Barfmaker: So nothing about pants then? Good, I'm in.


There is nothing more satisfying then closing a deal in your underwear.
 
2013-01-16 11:59:05 AM

mrlewish: Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.


Not efficiently.
 
2013-01-16 12:07:00 PM
6. Wear pants


Just because it's called a "home office" does not mean it loses its character as a part of your principal residence. The "never wear pants in your own home" rule also applies to the home office.
 
2013-01-16 12:11:40 PM
 
2013-01-16 12:12:57 PM
6. Change your jammies at least once a week.
 
2013-01-16 12:13:02 PM
I actually work harder from home, less distraction from people coming into the office. I also don't drink coffee at home so that limits trips to the break room again reducing distractions of people talking to me.
 
2013-01-16 12:15:02 PM
I took an entrepreneurial business class for my BS and one of the coaches who was supposed to help the teams and act as a judge used this statement in a speech. He practically oozed contempt when he said it.

This guy came across as so completely numbers focused I suspected he'd never see the trees for the forest.

Sure, on paper, two candidates might have the same skillset and the one half a world away is cheaper. What happens when that person can't speak your language as well and you have to spend your time restating everything using smaller words? What happens when you need to have an emergency meeting and foreign dude/dudette is 12 hours ahead and it's 2am there? What happens to your morale and productivity when you make a big announcement and have a party and 1/6 of your staff doesn't get invited because they're in a different hemisphere? How stable and secure is your tech support when your calls and remote support depend on the infrastructure of 6 other countries?

But all of these are subjective costs aren't they? It's hard to put subjective costs down on paper unless it's a Chapter 7 form.
 
2013-01-16 12:15:19 PM
I'd look into telecommuting for part of my schedule, but my wife somehow thinks that shouting at the kids to tell them that I'm on the phone is somehow helping.
 
2013-01-16 12:15:46 PM

mrlewish: Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.


Meant to quote that guy for my comment.
 
2013-01-16 12:25:28 PM

SlothB77: TV blasting in the background is still OK, right?


It better be. I have a sick five-year old watching SpongeBob in the other room right now.

I've been telecommuting for four years, and I would hate to give it up. If I have a phone call, I'll dial down the SpongeBob.
 
2013-01-16 12:25:38 PM
No mention about not showing up to work shiatfaced.
No mention about getting shiatfaced at work
No mention about farking on the desk during work hours
No mention about fapping on company time

Damn why can't I work from home? Oh yeah, it's illegal. Dammit.
 
2013-01-16 12:36:34 PM
In the late 90s, when corporations were just getting into teleconfrences with people working from home or telecommuting, there were so many problems with people who did not realize that the cameras on their laptops sometimes connected the video before the audio, or audio in one direction may work before it worked in both directions. While shouting, "Can you hear me?" into their laptops, I had a number of co-workers who, at the same time, were quickly trying to add clothing, make major adjustments to undergarments or make loud flatulant/burping noises for everyone to hear in the 3 or 4 offices across the country who were attached to the same teleconference at the same time. The funny thing is that rarely was anything said, to decrease the amount of embarrasment it might produce for everyone involved. It's been a while since I last teleconferenced with home workers and I really hope things have gotten better.
 
2013-01-16 12:41:00 PM

mrlewish: Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.


Not as often as you'd think.
 
2013-01-16 12:54:21 PM
How about knowing the difference between "mute" and "hold" and understanding whether or not your "hold" button will play muzak into the conference line? I've been on numerous national conference calls with dozens to hundreds of participants that were derailed by muzak playing into the line.
 
2013-01-16 12:55:27 PM
I'm at home right now and I'm supposed to be working, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/works under a "so long as it's done on time" policy
 
2013-01-16 12:56:58 PM
1. masturbate
2. video games
3. leave home (lunch / doctor don't count)
4. sleep
5. speak at a public event

I haven't actually gone to the movies, but that's probably due to the nature of showtimes. I wouldn't count fark, most people post at work, anyway.
 
2013-01-16 12:59:15 PM
Working from home is pretty much the best, ever, if you're the type who can remain entertained at your computer all day.
 
2013-01-16 01:01:16 PM
Make sure friends, family, and neighbors know that just because you're at home doesn't mean you've got time on your hands.
Farking this!

I work from home a lot and I hear that all the time. "You're home all day can you [insert task here]?" Fark You!
 
2013-01-16 01:05:24 PM
Remember to turn you're gotomeeting screensharing off after a call. Before you fire up the old browser and start Farking.
 
2013-01-16 01:10:22 PM
$5 a month...? It costs me $5 a day to park at the train station, and $7 a day in train fare.

Our local transit system doesn't believe in montly passes. But if they did, they'd be sure to screw it up and make it incovenient and difficult to use.
 
2013-01-16 01:13:00 PM
What is the point of including video in teleconferences? I work with almost all home workers, including myself, and we never use video chat, only audio.
 
2013-01-16 01:14:17 PM

LasersHurt: Working from home is pretty much the best, ever, if you're the type who can remain entertained at your computer all day.


I think it's pretty terrible. Maybe your house is nicer. The wife gets home, she wants to stay and I want to leave.

Also I speak to nobody, meet no one new and my co-workers tend to forget I exist. I'm never getting promoted despite my boss being both redundant and terrible at his job. Maybe if it was 4 days a week or with the exception of meetings.
 
2013-01-16 01:15:09 PM

YixilTesiphon: What is the point of including video in teleconferences? I work with almost all home workers, including myself, and we never use video chat, only audio.


Screen sharing.
 
2013-01-16 01:16:00 PM

StopLurkListen: $5 a month...? It costs me $5 a day to park at the train station, and $7 a day in train fare.

Our local transit system doesn't believe in montly passes. But if they did, they'd be sure to screw it up and make it incovenient and difficult to use.


totalfark's $5/month
 
2013-01-16 01:19:16 PM

moothemagiccow: YixilTesiphon: What is the point of including video in teleconferences? I work with almost all home workers, including myself, and we never use video chat, only audio.

Screen sharing.


Oh yeah, we do that all the time, I meant the discussions of seeing people in their underwear.
 
2013-01-16 01:19:38 PM

moothemagiccow: LasersHurt: Working from home is pretty much the best, ever, if you're the type who can remain entertained at your computer all day.

I think it's pretty terrible. Maybe your house is nicer. The wife gets home, she wants to stay and I want to leave.

Also I speak to nobody, meet no one new and my co-workers tend to forget I exist. I'm never getting promoted despite my boss being both redundant and terrible at his job. Maybe if it was 4 days a week or with the exception of meetings.


I think work environment and specifics counts for a lot. My company is great, I've been rewarded well. Can't speak highly enough.
 
2013-01-16 01:24:15 PM

moothemagiccow: YixilTesiphon: What is the point of including video in teleconferences? I work with almost all home workers, including myself, and we never use video chat, only audio.

Screen sharing.


I think he means video like Skype. Not desktop sharing like with Netmeeting.
 
2013-01-16 01:24:52 PM
Ok you work at home folks; how do I get in on this??? I have everything needed to work from home EXCEPT the job!!

thanks.
 
2013-01-16 01:38:46 PM

Farked_In_The_Head: Ok you work at home folks; how do I get in on this??? I have everything needed to work from home EXCEPT the job!!


In my case, a combination of earning everyone's trust, working only with people in other states, and lack of space in my local office.

Obviously the first was the most important.
 
2013-01-16 01:48:02 PM
only times I've telecommuted was during a hurricane evacuation. yeah, that wasn't fun.
 
2013-01-16 01:51:06 PM

moothemagiccow: LasersHurt: Working from home is pretty much the best, ever, if you're the type who can remain entertained at your computer all day.

I think it's pretty terrible. Maybe your house is nicer. The wife gets home, she wants to stay and I want to leave.

Also I speak to nobody, meet no one new and my co-workers tend to forget I exist. I'm never getting promoted despite my boss being both redundant and terrible at his job. Maybe if it was 4 days a week or with the exception of meetings.


That was the experience in our office at the time. The telecommuters were forgotten; no one notified them on important information about anything in the company. In one of our offices, the new manager only had names on the books for employees he never saw and thought were HR mistakes for over 6 months. Telecommuting requires good bosses to make it a positive experience.
 
2013-01-16 02:11:49 PM

Generation_D: 10. Share your laptop while (chat windows / porn / fark) are still visible on your screen


LOL, I have seen that happen on several web conferences I have been on. Best was the guy who had a explicit picture of a woman happily giving a bj... turns out it was his wife and he was the recipient. Instead of a reprimand he got a promotion.
 
2013-01-16 02:47:35 PM
5. Working too much.

Every time I tell someone I work from home they always say "I could never do that because I'd be too tempted to not work". For me, it is exactly the opposite. I always say "When you work from home you are always at work".
 
2013-01-16 03:16:05 PM

mrlewish: Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.


I work from home 66% of the time, the other 33% I'm flying to a DoD site and entering areas that a foreigner couldn't hope to ever access.
 
2013-01-16 03:24:27 PM

Pincy: 5. Working too much.

Every time I tell someone I work from home they always say "I could never do that because I'd be too tempted to not work". For me, it is exactly the opposite. I always say "When you work from home you are always at work".


Amen. Sometimes you slack, bit not having a clear boundary between work and home is bad for your mental health. Just knowing that work is just a few feet away creates subconscious noise and stress. I slept a lot better on days I left the laptop at the office (since I was coming in the next day anyway) than on days I took it home because I was going to work from home all the next day.

I miss telecommuting sometimes. Wouldn't mind doing it on Mondays and Fridays.
 
2013-01-16 03:28:02 PM

mrlewish: Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.


You sound jealous
 
2013-01-16 03:57:31 PM
I work from home 2 days per week, sometimes more. I like the balance of it. I'm in the office enough that people remember I exist, but I'm home enough to get actual work done in quiet. It also makes my weekends much better because if I'm working from home I can do things like laundry and then I don't have to spend Saturday and Sunday trying to cram in a bunch of chores.

It has done wonders for my mental health.
 
2013-01-16 03:58:46 PM

cefm: How about knowing the difference between "mute" and "hold" and understanding whether or not your "hold" button will play muzak into the conference line? I've been on numerous national conference calls with dozens to hundreds of participants that were derailed by muzak playing into the line.


This has happened to me but it was a phone software bug. I had my phone on mute and another call came in. When I took that call the phone took my conference call off of mute and started playing obnoxious hold music.
 
2013-01-16 04:04:07 PM

Pincy: 5. Working too much.

Every time I tell someone I work from home they always say "I could never do that because I'd be too tempted to not work". For me, it is exactly the opposite. I always say "When you work from home you are always at work".


THIS! #5 is actually bull scheisse! The whole reason you work at home is usually because you can and because you have your own business and want to make it successful.

You can't half ass success!
 
2013-01-16 04:15:03 PM

mrlewish: Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.


Not always.  Those flights back from Bangalore would start to add up.
 
2013-01-16 04:52:19 PM
The boss is pretty flexible about letting me work from home, but I have a two-year-old at home.
 
2013-01-16 05:52:10 PM

Khellendros: mrlewish: Also if you can work from home somebody can do it cheaper in another country.

Not as often as you'd think.


10s of millions of prior U.S. manufacturing jobs beg to differ.
 
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