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(NPR)   Working from home: is it the end of productivity, or the future of work? Depends on how seriously you take your job, I suppose   ( npr.org) divider line
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2013-02-26 08:15:33 AM  
4 votes:
Everyone in this thread is missing the point:

For Marisa, it's " God, family, and Yahoo!".

For her employees, it should be "Yahoo!, Yahoo!, and Yahoo!".

Frankly, i believe this is a deliberate move to 'trim the fat' at Yahoo! by pissing off a lot of people into leaving. That way, she doesn't come across as a coont for taking all that sweet CEO money while shiatcanning a bunch of people to cut costs. Seriously, why the hell does Yahoo! need 11,500 employees?
2013-02-26 08:13:27 AM  
4 votes:
A lot of people are conflating working at home because you're self-employed with teleworking. Those are two separate things. TFA is really about the latter.

Personally, I don't buy that anyone should be more productive at home--not if your team is run right. If you're more productive at home because you're not interrupted by excessive chit-chat, or the workplace is miserable, then your team has a personality/culture problem. If you're more productive because you're not interrupted by excessive work-related questions, then your team has a workflow/hierarchy problem.

The only valid productivity argument is the time saved on the commute. Teleworking is a concession offered to attract and retain employees, not a way to boost productivity directly. Again, that's just my opinion.
2013-02-26 08:33:24 AM  
3 votes:
I work from home. My boss works from home. Over half of the people in this company work from home, including the CEO. (25 person company)

Before starting here I met with the CEO. I told him I was dubious about the productivity of people (including me) working from home. He told me that he'd rather spend his money on getting the best people who really cared about the work they were doing than spend it on office space.

It's working amazingly well so far. I can't believe how well we all communicate, get things done, and feel like a team.  I'm getting more done at this job than any job previously. I'm learning more from my superiors than I ever did in any job before this. I think this is because our communications have laser focus on the task at hand--there's no bullshiatting about what happened on the weekend, no drama, no dicking around on a 2 hour lunch, just a bunch of people who are focused on moving fast and getting shiat done. We all get together once a month or so for a day or two, which I think is also a great way to work. Basically I can leave those 2 day meetings and have a pretty good idea of everything I need to deliver before the next meeting.
2013-02-26 08:03:03 AM  
3 votes:

robohobo: sendtodave: Productivity:  Is it the end-all measurement of worth, or will future companies value more important things?  Depends on who you work for, I guess.

Lots of companies value bs facetime/asskissing more than being productive. Those companies are bad.


An average worker needs to work a mere 11 hours per week to produce as much as one working 40 hours per week in 1950

Even since 1975, supposedly an era of low productivity growth and stagnation in living standards, officially measured productivity has increased almost 70%. The average worker would therefore need to work only 23 hours per week to produce as much as one working as recently as 1975

And, if the productivity measures have any meaning, the average worker could have a 29-hour workweek if he were satisfied with producing as much as a 40-hour worker as recently as 1990.

I'm not sure, I don't think that's even counting automation.

We've productively eliminated much of our workforce.  Outsourced the rest.  And then we complain that they are leeches on society.

Anyway, we're productive enough. We need to focus less on productivity, and more on expanding the workforce, and worker well being.

Oh, wait, I almost forgot, quarterly profits are all that matter.
2013-02-26 07:57:21 AM  
3 votes:
Working at home is a total productivity killer for a large company that doesn't have good governance of employee performance. This is what happened with Yahoo! Basically -

a) Managers got busy at work and weren't regularly checking up on employees.
b) There wasn't a corporate communication plan in place to tackle work at home employment.
c) KPI's for productivity weren't clearly set.

In an environment where no one is measuring your work output, no one is regularly talking to you, and your manager isn't regularly watching you, let's be honest - how many of us would REALLY bother to put in any time other than the bare minimum to keep up appearances.

Maybe the rest of you are farking angels, but it if was me I would be collecting the sweet Yahoo! paycheck and then either playing FTL all day or working on my web strip poker start up. I'm pretty certain that I'm in the majority with this self assessment.
2013-02-26 12:47:01 AM  
3 votes:
Dear Princess Marissa,

I'd be the first to say that Yahoo! needs to be refactored from the ground up, and I'd be the first to acknowledge that physical presence helps when it comes to cross-fertilization of ideas, but are you really that interested in facetime, or are you interested in cutting headcount without having to actually use the word "layoff"?

By the way, princess, your predecessors should have sold to MSFT years ago when he had the chance. Seriously, YHOO. MSFT bid $31/share for you dumb farks in 2008, except that your board had its head up its ass like a multibillion-dollar Ouroborous and let it fall through.

Whatever the fark was wrong with you then is what the fark is still wrong with you now. You're not in business for the sake of remaining independent, you're in business to make money for the shareholders. The employees got farked either way, the least you could have done is admitted defeat and become one with the borg when you had the chance. At least someone would have made money over the past five years.

Wow. That escalated quickly. I'm just glad that I neither work for now own shares in YHOO, or it probably would have been worse. I'm OK with a little bit of facetime every now and then even in the context of a distributed team, but I don't know what's the more frightening implication: either Princess Marissa is trying to disguise layoffs/constructive dismissals as something other than what they are, or she drank a little too much of Google's cultural kool-aid and has gone full-retard against remote work.

Your grateful bystander,
Twilight Farkle.
2013-02-26 12:18:26 AM  
3 votes:
I'm WAY more productive at home because people aren't stopping by to bother me all day. I save up my drudge work for my telework day each week because I know I can really get some shiat done.

If people are obviously abusing the privilege, you have 3 options: warn them, rescind telework for them, or fire them. The same as if they were unproductive while in the office. This is not a difficult proposition.
2013-02-26 12:52:11 PM  
2 votes:
Here is a blog post I recently read on this subject. Here is the key point to me: Flexibility is required of the No-Hour Workweek. Stein understands the unavoidable variances in life, and realizes that the traditional roles of the workweek should be dissolved to maximize productivity and happiness.

Apparently, my personal life is now considered an unavoidable variance.  Some people have attacked gay marriage as a threat to "traditional family values", which is stupid on its face, but the actual attack is by employers who want you working and connected 24/7.  If you are wrapped up in your job 24/7, then how exactly are you valuing your family?
2013-02-26 10:24:50 AM  
2 votes:
I work from home because I mostly work freelance. I dislike the whole "office" thing for the most part and am far more productive working from my home in my opinion. I've been doing it a long time though, so I'm used to keeping myself on task and not letting myself get distracted. I also tend to work more hours in a day than I would if I was working from an office. When I work in an office I generally have the feeling of wanting to be out of the office and am looking to get out of the office as soon as possible. Working from home I'm just focused on the job at hand and aren't worrying about "getting out of there".

I also have a webcam handy for video calls and use skype as well to get in touch with people when I need to collaborate with them.
2013-02-26 09:45:03 AM  
2 votes:
As long as a person gets their work done and responds to their e-mails and calls I could give fark-all where they are physically located.


Currently we work from home 1 day a week, but the company doesn't want to pay for the building anymore so when our lease is up in June we are going 5 days a week from home.
2013-02-26 09:41:21 AM  
2 votes:
Back in the day when IBM started work from home positions in the late 90s, my boss casually mentioned that he thought it would probably have a shelf life of 10 years or so. Looking at how it has been used since then, I'm realy surprised it has lasted as long as it has in most corporations. Corporations really like control, and they have to trust their employees in this case, which is usually a no-no. I see the number of corps providing this benefit will probably stay the same at this point and not increase too much in the future. It's difficult to break old habits.
2013-02-26 08:27:59 AM  
2 votes:
I work in an office but have the option to work from home under certain circumstances. If I'm too sick or if the plumber is coming by, etc...  Just those instances where it is better if I work from home. Even once when the power went out at the office, stayed home and worked effectively.

I agree with a lot of the other folk in here, I can be much more productive when my office mates aren't badgering me for the answers to all of their questions, constantly. In fact, I've learned that they eventually figure stuff out on their own by way of necessity when I'm not there to hold their hand through it. So, even in that respect its a good thing.

I wish I could do it more though. That and our office is about to move 25 miles away sometime this year and I just moved within 1 mile of it less than 4 months ago.

2013-02-26 01:48:34 AM  
2 votes:

davidphogan: Having worked from home, it was one of the greatest perks ever.


I've been working at home for the last year, and my time on Fark has fallen off a cliff... I wouldn't dare fark this up and wind up back in some godforsaken cubicle hell.
2013-02-26 12:06:48 AM  
2 votes:
Having worked from home, it was one of the greatest perks ever.
2013-02-26 03:33:14 PM  
1 vote:
one huge advantage to working from home is that you can gallop the mule without coworkers gawking or complaining to the brass.

as for the ladies, they can tickle their tacos without stirring up the guys.

its a win win for everyone, including your one eyed trouser snake.
2013-02-26 02:58:26 PM  
1 vote:
To be fair though, the USPTO is a fairly unique situation that's inapplicable to most businesses, except maybe law firms.

We don't interact with a customer except rarely, and then it's during scheduled times/locations.
Every employee has an independent workload and their own docket.
Every employee can pretty much perform their job completely independently of any other employee.
Every employee has an exact production expectation that converts Hours Worked to Expected Production Units; every employee also has a measured Produced Units generated from work they actually produce.
Every employee has a production report generated every 2 weeks that compares their Produced Units to their Expected Production to make sure you're not falling behind (really, it's to remind you how far you are behind).

The motivating factor to ensure you're producing what's expected: if you under produce for 3 straight quarters, then you're fired.
2013-02-26 02:50:06 PM  
1 vote:
My only complaints with working from home are that you become "institutionalized" like the Shawshank Redemption.    I worked for a shiatty company way longer than I should have simply because I was afraid of ever going back to a cubicle farm with a new employer.    Also, said company tended to over-look the stay at homers when it came time for raises/promotions because of an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality.
2013-02-26 02:19:58 PM  
1 vote:
I for one applaud the idea.

And I've worked from home since '98.

The real issue is that Yahoo has a ton of deadweight.  People scattered anywhere, mismanaged, and not working together

How do you fix that?

You can fire everyone.    Or, you can shake their cage, make them come in.   People that are biatchy about it ?  fark them, it's a job dammit get to work.   You're lucky the place isn't folded and you all are unemployed.

Give them six months, see what changes.   Then call her crazy if it didn't change the downward spiral.

Bunch of pansy ass whiners 'what about my children boo hoo'.   Hire someone to care for your kid if you can't.
2013-02-26 02:15:47 PM  
1 vote:

mrlewish: Working from home means they will eventually realize that someone else can do it cheaper overseas.

You realize that you are basically admitting that you have nothing to offer for sale except your misery? If you are doing a job so menial that it can be replaced by a foreign worker, you have not positioned yourself well for the realities of the 21st century workplace.

You should see to that before it's too late.
2013-02-26 01:39:47 PM  
1 vote:
I personally like a mix of WFH and office. I think that it it great to be at the office to bounce a couple ways of tackling an issue with other developers and learn about what is going on with the team etc . But when I want to get coding it really does work well at home. Put on some loud music and just hammer out the code without interruptions is so pleasant,

I did read a quite negative report on energy usage patterns in US about working from home. It basically claimed we would use more energy staying at home vs  commuting and all working in a office building. I can't imagine that been true for me (30 miles south of San Francisco) IMO.
2013-02-26 01:08:59 PM  
1 vote:
As someone writing "WAH" (working at home) on the in/out board on my way out of the office today, I'm getting a kick out of this thread.  I appreciate the fact that I can work in comfort at home tomorrow rather than deal with the hell that is going to be tomorrow's commute given the rain/snow mix we are expecting overnight.

As a consultant, I'm not the least bit tempted to screw the pooch when working at home, since I have to account for my hours somehow.  I save myself between 90 minutes and 2 hours by not having to commute.  I can make calls using my computer (with or without video, I prefer without).  I don't mind coming to the office (though I begrudge the fact that I have to work at this office when there is one closer one to my home), but I do enjoy being able to look at the weather and decide I'm not going to risk the drive, or line up some appointments or whatever and fit in work around them, etc.

/best of both worlds: I can work at home pretty much when I want but I don't really want to all the time
//I think someone slipped me the corporate coolaid
2013-02-26 11:29:02 AM  
1 vote:
I worked from home during Hurricane Sandy when it was literally impossible to get from Brooklyn to the offices in Midtown.

I felt more productive than usual during that event, but that may have been in part due to the novelty of it, and to the adrenaline kick of having to figure out clever ways to get things done without the usual infrastructure available.

As a manager I do like to have my team gathered in the same physical location, at least occasionally.  It's so much more efficient for two people to work through an issue by sitting next to each other and talking than it is to discuss over IM or especially email.  And the more people involved, the greater the benefit there is.

I'd be thrilled with a work schedule where employees would work from the office three days a week and two from home, or vice versa.  Yes, some folks with insufficient self-motivation would spend their home days slacking... but would catch up during their office days, so it should all balance out by the end of the week.
2013-02-26 10:08:58 AM  
1 vote:
It really depends what you are doing and the culture of the company.  My team has a whole is more productive when in the office.  They back each other up, they collaborate, and shiat gets done.  Most people don't realize how important the social aspect is and that sitting in ones home removes that variable.

/also if the company doesn't have a 'work from home' culture - you're basically screwed
2013-02-26 09:50:40 AM  
1 vote:
In healthcare, there are a bunch of jobs that can't WFH, but there are a few, so I have been in places where it was acceptable to ask for it as a job perk.  The only blowback I ever got was from others not able to work anywhere but in the lab, operatory, etc.  My bosses would compare our work loads, and productivity, and deal with the complainers.

My husband, OTH, is a natural cubicle dweller.  He's been a free-lancer in the past and realized that he needs the interaction and feedback that drives me nuts.

As for Yahoo, the ones that are best suited WFH will probably head for greener pastures, while the slackers from home may bring their best efforts.  But, I'd put money on them bringing their bad habits as well.  This will probably be yet another misstep for Yahoo.
2013-02-26 09:37:46 AM  
1 vote:
Future of a large chunk of IT work, plain and simple.

A smart company knows that they're no longer on the hook for the cost of having a cubicle for an employee (building space, lights, insurance, etc), outside the requirements to hold occasional meetings.

The employee saves on gas money, and in many situations quality of life will go up, as well as make the employee more inclined to work more.  Everyone wins.

Slaxl: I like working from home because in quiet moments I can play games. There, I said the truth. You all do it too. If not - I apologise for apparently ruining it for the rest of you :(

I have great for you: an office environment doesn't deter this either.
2013-02-26 09:34:40 AM  
1 vote:
Can we put an end to the myth that telecommuters are "pajama-clad employees working from the comfort of their own living rooms"? When I work from home, I am dressed, sometimes casually, sometimes in a dress shirt just because I feel like it, in a spare bedroom that is my office. I have more space and privacy than in my cube, am more productive because I am not BSing with co-workers about nothing important, and am saving $$$ by not commuting.

Of course, my work is basically solitary and my company has many offices, so even when I am physically in my office I can be in a meeting with people in several different offices and time zones (working from home also lets me take early meetings with London or late meetings with Asia). All that said, when I need to lock myself in a conference room at the office with co-workers, I do go in to do that too (there are home based employees who love those type of days as it gives them an excuse to come in and socialize). I don't need to be physically in every day.

Also, telecommuting is awesome on a day like today when I am home with a sick child. My work still gets done and everything stays on track (speaking of tracks, it is also great to go to the Y during my "lunch" hour). I don't know if I'd want to be a full time home based employee, but is awesome part-time (or, in my case,  most of the time).
2013-02-26 09:32:09 AM  
1 vote:
I find that working from home has its pros and cons.

It's not as easy to communicate with my teammates
If I run out of individual tasks, it's frustrating to be chained to my VPN connection to let my manager know I'm still around
I find it much harder to transition into 'home' mode at the end of the workday
I get bored and don't care about work

Wasted energy on driving frustration
Ability to cook during my lunch hour

Otherwise I actually like work and having a social atmosphere in which to do so, though a day here and there to stay home is nice.
2013-02-26 09:19:34 AM  
1 vote:
Working from home is definitely a wonderful experience, especially when one is self-employed. Though at times it can be very difficult (for me) not to get distracted and goof-off for the day, that's why I don't mind going to the 'office' daily. Of course having a small company makes spending the day in the office very bearable. I had previously had a cubicle job for 8 years...I'll live in the woods in a refrigerator box before going back to cubicle world.
2013-02-26 09:00:14 AM  
1 vote:
I've been working from home coming up on 7 years now. I'm far more productive than my coworkers. Though, one is incompetent and the other is just lazy, so I'd be more productive regardless of where I was working from. I don't slack off... at least not any more than I would if I was going into the office anyway. There are some weeks, regardless of whether you're in an office or at home, where you just don't have the motivation to get much done.

I've found though that keeping a regular work routine helps. I'm always at my computer at 8am, and here until at least 5pm. The people I've met who have trouble working from home usually aren't working until 10am or later, and are never available until the end of the day. They view working from home as essentially a day off. If you start out with that mentality, you'll end up never getting anything done.

It helps that I work with multiple different clients, so I've got lots of conference calls and project plans to keep up with.
2013-02-26 08:40:05 AM  
1 vote:

mrlewish: Working from home means they will eventually realize that someone else can do it cheaper overseas.

They've tried that up here with IT jobs.  It had disastrous results for them.  Half the employees let go went to work for consulting firms, billing $200 an hour to do their old jobs, and the other half worked as contractors, making 50% more than they used to.

After losing untold millions, the bigger companies are moving all the IT operations back in house.
2013-02-26 08:27:56 AM  
1 vote:

Twilight Farkle: or she drank a little too much of Google's cultural kool-aid and has gone full-retard against remote work.

Yyyyyup.  This is definitely a Google policy.  Google discourages working from home because they believe that innovation comes when its employees are interacting and letting ideas bounce off of one another.  So really, those annoying conversations and human interactions that the work-at-home set are avoiding are actually what Yahoo is trying to foster.
2013-02-26 08:27:25 AM  
1 vote:
Depends what your job is.  Also depends on whether you can get anything done that way.
2013-02-26 08:18:43 AM  
1 vote:
Another thing that I found and that many of my friends found from working from home was that their jobs really didn't take as long as they have to at the office.  If you can finish your weekly work in 18 hours instead of 40, you'd be an idiot to spend all 40 hours diligently by your phone and logged into the server making up work for yourself.   I can think of many, many reasons why work takes longer at the office - morale and stretching work to fit the hours being just two of the big ones.  Maybe Yahoo could take a hard look at their work loads and do some swapping around.
2013-02-26 08:17:29 AM  
1 vote:
Working from home means they will eventually realize that someone else can do it cheaper overseas.
2013-02-26 08:12:08 AM  
1 vote:

sethen320: Slaxl: I like working from home because in quiet moments I can play games. There, I said the truth. You all do it too. If not - I apologise for apparently ruining it for the rest of you :(

I once took a support call from personnel several hundred miles away while playing xbox.

I kept it on mute the whole time so nobody knew. The questions were simple enough that I never had to pause.

We used to take support calls in the middle of Halo LAN parties at work.

Stuff like that is why I didn't burn out and quit (which would, of course, force them to get a new hire and train them).

I saved them money by playing games at work.  The horror.
2013-02-26 08:03:46 AM  
1 vote:

Jon iz teh kewl: robohobo: sendtodave: Productivity:  Is it the end-all measurement of worth, or will future companies value more important things?  Depends on who you work for, I guess.

Lots of companies value bs facetime/asskissing more than being productive. Those companies are bad.

why do you say that?

It's bad if the facetime and asskissing come at the expense of productivity and money making. Money making being the only reason to be a business. Now if the asskissing and facetime somehow turn into moneymaking, good for them, but I personally want no part of it, because fark asskissing and feelings in business.

TwistedFark: s.

Maybe the rest of you are farking angels, but it if was me I would be collecting the sweet Yahoo! paycheck and then either playing FTL all day or working on my web strip poker start up. I'm pretty certain that I'm in the majority with this self assessment.

In my experience, it's 50/50. I put in a lot of hours at home, explicitly because I loathe a standard job where I have to deal with people face to face and deal with office politics. I work harder at home so I'm WAY covered in people knowing I'm more productive than if I were on-site. That said, I know guys who do shiat-all working from home but still collect the paycheck.
2013-02-26 08:00:53 AM  
1 vote:
Working from home right now.

Of course, I'm wasting time on Fark. Then again, that's only 45 seconds, vs. the hour long BS session I was forced to endure yesterday about the race and Danica last Sunday.
2013-02-26 07:55:58 AM  
1 vote:
Maybe instead of getting rid of it altogether, they could just evaluate all current wfm employees and fire the nonproductive ones?  I guess that would take too much effort.
2013-02-26 07:52:23 AM  
1 vote:

sendtodave: Productivity:  Is it the end-all measurement of worth, or will future companies value more important things?  Depends on who you work for, I guess.

Lots of companies value bs facetime/asskissing more than being productive. Those companies are bad.
2013-02-26 07:25:51 AM  
1 vote:
I work from home a lot and am far more productive. On days when I have to go into the office, I work only while I'm there. Once I leave for the day, I'm done. When I WFH on the other hand, I leave my laptop connected and am willing to answer emails, work issues etc. through the evening. Even random work on weekend.  It's called give and take.

If you're willing to be flexible with me, I'll be flexible for you. You want to enforce ridged rules about me being in the office? Fine. But don't expect the same flexibility out of me then either.
2013-02-26 07:25:38 AM  
1 vote:
I agree about that "getting a helluva lot more done" when working from home. I have a needy cat who interrupts me a helluva lot less than the average co-worker. The only thing I'd worry about is that if I can work from home, somebody else could do my job from Bangalore for half the price.
2013-02-26 07:24:59 AM  
1 vote:
I work at home one or two days a week, and as a general rule, am tremendously more productive there than at the office.  As a litigator, if I don't have to be in court or with a client, whether I'm sitting in front of a computer in my office or at my house doesn't matter.  Only difference is that in my house, the computer is better, 5x faster, the screen is bigger and the printer/scanner  is a foot away.  Also, I don't lose 2 billable hours per day commuting and chatting with people dropping in who apparently have far less to do than I do.  A 10 hour day worked from home is substantially less soul draining than being down at the office.
2013-02-26 07:08:02 AM  
1 vote:
There are personality types who can get more done when they are not being interrupted constantly.  I am one of those people.   Just 2 days a week where I do not have people constantly dropping by my desk, interns and new employees asking questions etc...  I save the tedious work for WFH days.   Since I am in the Atlanta area, driving to work and back can take 3-4 hours out of each day and I see it as a waste of gas and energy.   To go through all that trouble so a manager can walk by once or 2x a week is foolish and stupid.  We save team meetings for a day once a week when everyone is in the office rather than have them every day.

Letting me work from home is like giving me money without a raise and making me work in the office costs me extra money and makes me want to leave the company to go work for someone who will treat me better.    You can only treat mature adults like children if they are stuck and cannot leave their jobs, but beware that the resentment you cause will reflect on the company.
2013-02-26 07:01:17 AM  
1 vote:
FTA:   43 percent of workers said they've watched TV or a movie while teleworking, 35 percent have done household chores, and 28 percent copped to cooking dinner while "working".

Yeah, in the office time is wasted in other ways.

/Bonus: unlike office wasted time, home wasted time is also known as "living your life"
//Who cares so long as you get the job done?
///(told I need 3 of these)
2013-02-26 06:27:52 AM  
1 vote:
I like working from home because in quiet moments I can play games. There, I said the truth. You all do it too. If not - I apologise for apparently ruining it for the rest of you :(
2013-02-26 02:54:27 AM  
1 vote:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: When at home I find it difficult to get that same furtive thrill of masturbating at my work station, and it's a lot harder to hear the "fries are done" alarm.

Ok, that was funny as all hell.

/has you farked as 'Montreal Otter Squat'.  Can't remember why

ThatGuyGreg: I've been working at home for the last year, and my time on Fark has fallen off a cliff... I wouldn't dare fark this up and wind up back in some godforsaken cubicle hell.

That line really tempted me to sponsor you for TF, but even I'm not that big of a dick.

I've been self-employed and officeless for 6 years now.  It's fantastic.  I get more done laying on my back and before I put pants on than I do the rest of the day.  Just about every day I wind up on my laptop taking care of the last few issues from the 'south boardroom'- the pub that I frequent and take meetings in.  Really, there's very little work that can't be done with a beer in hand.
2013-02-26 01:38:31 AM  
1 vote:
In the 80's I worked from home and got quite a bit done.  Even better, my code was portable as I had a Z-80 (TRS-80), and we had an 8088 at work.  But I quickly learned that time not spent in the office was time spent not working, no matter you turned in better code ahead of schedule.  Sigh.

In the 90's I was a consultant.  Quickly learned that if my body wasn't inside the building I couldn't bill the hours.  sigh

In the 00's I worked for a great company.  I wanted to go to work every day; I liked the people, I liked my office, I loved my work.  I still worked from home, but it was on top of 9+ hours a day spent in the office.  Got divorced.  sigh.

Now I'm semi retired, don't work at all.  sigh.
2013-02-26 01:23:39 AM  
1 vote:
I find I do much better when working from home.  I often find myself working longer hours as well.
2013-02-26 12:21:02 AM  
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I worked from home for a few years, it was the best thing ever.  I was more productive, and putting in another 2 hours for what used to be my commute didn't bother me.
Eating with metal utensils and drinking from a real glass while working was a huge perk.  It's the little touches of dignity that we so often overlook when someone's not wearing pants.
2013-02-26 12:12:36 AM  
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I get more done when i work from home, and it's nice not having people drop by my cube to BS constantly. Although my cats hang out with me and try to "help."

It's the greatest thing ever.
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