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(Guardian)   One in seven people now work from home, and they're finding it's not quite the no-pants-wearing paradise they expected it to be. Share your stories abut working remotely here. Keep the smug to socially acceptable levels   (theguardian.com ) divider line
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2014-06-16 10:29:06 AM  
I absolutely love working from home; it *is* a no-pants-wearing paradise.

Plus, I get a hell of a lot more work done.
 
2014-06-16 10:58:01 AM  

crypticsatellite: I absolutely love working from home; it *is* a no-pants-wearing paradise.

Plus, I get a hell of a lot more work done.


Agreed.
 
2014-06-16 11:01:04 AM  

Fear_and_Loathing: crypticsatellite: I absolutely love working from home; it *is* a no-pants-wearing paradise.

Plus, I get a hell of a lot more work done.

Agreed.


Y'all must not have kiddies. I can be goofing around on the computer and the kids will be quietly playing in their rooms. But the second I need to do some real work, it's like their radar goes off. "Daddy, I'm hungry! ... Daddy, brother hit me ..."
 
2014-06-16 11:06:51 AM  
I hated working at home.  The boss always had a coffee cup full of rum, the music was always too loud and everybody was walking around around with their boner sticking out.
 
2014-06-16 11:17:16 AM  
My office moved to share space with a sister company in a distant suburb 5 years ago. As it was out of the way for most of the office, telecommuting restrictions were relaxed. Now, almost no one comes into the office on a regular basis.

It's lonely sometimes. I miss the camaraderie of the office. I get more work done, but there's something about going to lunch with your work friends that can't be beat. That said, I love the freedom of running errands or going to the gym during the day.

Catsaregreen: Y'all must not have kiddies. I can be goofing around on the computer and the kids will be quietly playing in their rooms. But the second I need to do some real work, it's like their radar goes off.


My children knew not to bother me when younger. Now, aside from making sure the printer is on, they don't care anyway.
 
2014-06-16 11:23:50 AM  
My wife works from home every day, and I go to an office every day. Honestly, there isn't that much of a difference.
 
2014-06-16 11:48:47 AM  

Catsaregreen: Fear_and_Loathing: crypticsatellite: I absolutely love working from home; it *is* a no-pants-wearing paradise.

Plus, I get a hell of a lot more work done.

Agreed.

Y'all must not have kiddies. I can be goofing around on the computer and the kids will be quietly playing in their rooms. But the second I need to do some real work, it's like their radar goes off. "Daddy, I'm hungry! ... Daddy, brother hit me ..."


They need to be elsewhere. You cannot combine caretaking and working in the office, and working from home is no different than the office that way.
 
2014-06-16 11:59:11 AM  
aw, geez, I'd do nearly ANYTHING to be able to stay at home* and pantsless.**

/ * as soon as I can remember to buy a winning lottery ticket, I plan to stay home to write the great American novel.
// ** and NO ONE needs to / wants to see me sans clothing. that's why I have walls and shades and curtains...and the neighbors built GREAT fences long ago....
 
2014-06-16 12:22:38 PM  
I have the option to work at home but usually go to the office. Desk is better, less distractions and when I am at the office the wife cannot just wander in and start talking.

She is probably going to get back to work this fall once the kids go back to school so I might try and WAH a couple days a week again and see how it goes.
 
2014-06-16 12:29:13 PM  
I drive 60 miles a day.  I would love to save wear and tear on my car and gas money, as well as not have to dodge traffic.
 
2014-06-16 01:15:51 PM  
Off and on, I have worked from home since 2007 (a year or two ago, I decided I was bored, got a job in retail, 6 months later, I quit, begged my boss to take me back and I am back at home)

I like it, but there are days (like today) I can't really focus. Laundry, dishes, kid home for summer, etc seem to take my focus away.

I do like that my commute is 5 feet from my bedroom door, I dont have to get dressed, put on makeup or do my hair...

Husband drives over 100 miles to work and back a day, so it is best one of us works at home
 
2014-06-16 03:20:17 PM  

Slives: I have the option to work at home but usually go to the office. Desk is better, less distractions and when I am at the office the wife cannot just wander in and start talking.


I have the same problem with office work: other people just walk up to me and start talking.

I'm not talking work-related things.  Just 'I have to tell you about my weekend RIGHT NOW' type stuff.  This is the reason I've started taking lunch breaks in the emergency stairwell.  Something about seeing a co-worker with a book in their hands translates to them as 'oh, good.  My audience has arrived.'

/works with some really nice extroverts
//that do not understand we are not all secretly just like them
 
2014-06-16 03:28:07 PM  
When I was working from home my sister, who lived a block away, would constantly drop her kids off for me to watch since I "wasn't doing anything."  I finally had to seriously put my foot down and explain that I was working and that watching her kids disrupted my efficiency enough to make it a serious problem.
 
2014-06-16 08:46:52 PM  
I work from home about once a week. It's great for clearing the decks and getting things done without the interruptions of a typical day. Except for situations where I have to deal with the test systems in my lab, I can do all of my testing from home as easily as I can if I'm sitting at my desk.

I can also start my day earlier. I usually wake up by around 5:45 am. So instead of getting up and doing the usual morning routine and then driving to work, I can roll out of bed, get dressed, make some coffee and be working by around 6am. 

My only complaint is that the VPN is slow sometimes.
 
2014-06-16 10:04:56 PM  
I can work from home when I want to. It's great for projects requiring long periods of sustained peace. My work fortress of solitude however, is my local public library. Free wifi, it's quiet, no fridge distraction, and the academic environment gets my creative mojo cookin. It's a beautiful Carnegie library, with nice big oak desks and a view to a park.

Pants are required though.
 
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