To work from home, or not to work from home… that is the question

Just for fun I figured I would offer some thoughts on a choice that a growing number of employees have… should I work for home?

“Telecommuting” (as many refer to it) can provide many benefits from less time wasted commuting and fewer “co-worker related” distractions.  You don’t have to worry about going to a restaurant to eat, you just need to walk to the kitchen… and you don’t even need to get all dressed up.  There is a lot of flexibility that I like.  You may need to take care of a personal matter for an hour but then you can also work longer into the evening if necessary, which can be hard to do in the office (ever notice how in a lot of office buildings the lights have a timer that make them automatically turn off at 6 or 6:30pm?)

On the other hand, there are many “non-work related” distractions when you are at home… like the TV shows sitting on your DVR or that one on-demand movie you had wanted to see but didn’t get a chance to watch over the weekend.

I think the following really sums it up well:  http://theoatmeal.com/comics/working_home

Bottom line- working from home can be great but it is important to keep in mind the famous words of the philosopher Aristotle, “moderation in all things.”

Too much working from home and your social skills (and hygiene) may suffer.

Mr Biz, OUT.

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About Young Professional's Edge (YP Edge)

Aaron McDaniel is a corporate manager, entrepreneur, author, public speaker and community leader. Aaron has held numerous management roles at a Fortune 500 company, being appointed Regional Vice President at the age of 27, and is the founder of multiple entrepreneurial ventures. He is also the author of the book, The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World (http://www.amazon.com/Young-Professionals-Guide-Working-World/dp/1601632428). Aaron instructed a highly rated student-led course on leadership at UC Berkeley’s Haas Undergraduate School of Business and has a book, The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World: Savvy Strategies to Get In, Get Ahead, and Rise to the Top, due to be out later this year. Aaron offers advice that helps young professionals build the foundation for a successful career. Visit his blog, http://www.ypedge.com to learn more.

Posted on September 13, 2011, in Just for Fun and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. As a full time WFH’er this made my day, week, month, year. Thank you, thank you.

    This is fantastic. And so true.

  2. Hilarious comic…

    I agree with the moderation comment, however I think it takes a great amount of self-discipline to work from home.

    I’m currently going into the office 2-3 days/week and the other days work from home… I think that provides a nice balance. I enjoy having a professional setting where I can work and have structure, and still have flexibility during the workweek.

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