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Working from home. Generally speaking, good or bad idea?

Very good
13(27.7%)
Good
11(23.4%)
So-so
11(23.4%)
Bad
3(6.4%)
Very bad
1(2.1%)
Far too complicated an issue to sum up this briefly, jerk!
6(12.8%)
Other (please comment)
2(4.3%)

Does your job allow you to work from home?

Yes, in fact I always work from home
6(12.8%)
Yes, whenever I like
5(10.6%)
Yes, the odd day here and there
17(36.2%)
Nope
13(27.7%)
I don't work
3(6.4%)
Other (please comment)
3(6.4%)

Are you allowed to work flexible hours?

Yes, I could work all night if I wanted!
13(27.7%)
Yes, I can work an hour or two either side of the normal day
17(36.2%)
Nope
9(19.1%)
I don't work
4(8.5%)
Other (please comment)
4(8.5%)


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I have worked from home for the past two years. There are good things and bad. If you do it regularly , you NEED to have a separate place in the house for work, preferably a separate room. Otherwise you are always at work (mentally). I walk out of my office at the end of the day, and I am "home" even if I sometimes walk back in later to use something in there. I also have a laptop which lets me do some work anywhere in my house (or anywhere with wireless for that matter. I have worked in parking lots with good wireless connections.)

So far as hours, we are expected to be available at least four hours between 9:00 and 3:00 so we can coordinate with coworkers. And we are usually expected to keep a regularish schedule. I work 8 to 4 everyday. But we can shift it around as we need to, and there is never a problem with taking a morning or afternoon off and making it up later.

You do need to be sure that your family/housemates fully understand the "working at home" concept. Otherwise your presence can be confusing. You are IN the house, but not AVAILABLE. Especially for children.

The company I work for is about 30% remote/work from home.

regarding question 1: it's a bad thing if you're not the type to stay on task and are easily distracted, but if you're the type who can focus and prioritize so that your work gets done, then it's all good

heehee im an odd one, i can easily be distracted and its hard to stay focused, but when im working from home (on the rare occassion) i work like a demon as i dont want people to think im slacking :P

On the question of whether it is a good or bad idea is completely up to several things- the work itself and the person performing the work being chief among them.

It takes a good deal of integrity and personal discipline to work from home as effectively as actually being in an office for example. There are significant drawbacks of not being available for meetings (assuming face to face being much more desirable than teleconferences etc) as well potential for performance degration.

I have folks on my staff who due to their jobs and personalities would not be good candidates- but others that would - which means no one is :(


To question 1 - It's only a bad thing for me. I know I would watch Oprah and bake instead of work.

To question 4 - My company is quite lax about hours, to be honest. I don't clock in or out so if one day I have to be two hours late that's okay, and if another I stay an extra 45 minutes, that's okay with me. It generally all evens out but if I come in less than I'm supposed to every now and then no one really cares.

I am self-employed, so as far as doing all my work from home...well, there's nowhere else for me to do it. heh. But I LOVE the flexibility and while I miss a few things about working in an office, mostly, I don't, and I love working from home.

I was working for a music magazine for 5 years and enjoyed most of my time working for this company.

Being a hardcore music fan. Getting paid to cover gigs, given VIP/backstage passes, free CDs posted few times a month, write from home on my own time-- Dream job!

I was (am) going to school as well as working which was accommodating to my school schedule. School during the day-- work at night.

Would I work again from home? Absoulouty! I tend to work better on my own--working with others, especially women. There are too many distractions. Most women that I worked with wanted to chat about what's going on for the weekend, relationships, & gossip. I'm rather private-- I'd rather not drag what's going on at home into the workspace.

Working at home can be depressing

I checked good, not very good. It's better then a long commune, but those people tend to become home bound.

I'm with galbinus_caeli, if you work from home you need a seperate place to do it, some where you can enter - and not be disturbed (after all you are AT work), and can exit and not feel pressured into working.

Although I do some of my work at home, grading and some preparation for class I prefer having somewhere else to work. This forces me out of teh house, becasue I know that if I only work from home I'd never go out if I didn't have to => fatter and lazier. Also I like having someone to have lunch with, just seeing other people, relaxing my brain.

I have to be in class when I - you know - teach, but I don't have to do the other work, preparing, marking, making exams, writing grumpy emails..., but I kind of like having collegues to annoy and drink coffee with.

Hmmm I lost my job recently, mainly because I insisted on my being able to work from home for 2 days a weeks as an adjustment after I became disabled by illness. I checked that this was considered a 'reasonable adjustment' under law (which it is) but was consistantly refused and when I eventually ended up being signed off work by my GP, I was sacked. The reasons given for not letting me work from home boiled down to the belief that no one, not even a very senior staff member (as I was) could be trusted to actually work whilst at home.

Sadly over the years I have found that is attitude is very prevalent and it makes me very cross. Flexibility and a willingness to deal with employees as adults is needed if things are going to move forward.

Does your job allow you to work from home?

Yes and no, I'm a student at a community college, they offer online classes, but I don't take them and can't take them.

I've been doing it for years now, since I started the business. We started out renting office space, then branched out to working from home too and ultimately switched to it completely. Best decision I ever made. You have to be the type though. Extraverts who need people around would go nuts in a week. My staff and associates are now partly local and partly in other states. There are a few people we work with in other countries too. My hours are made by me, depending on scheduled projects. I love it.
PS - I agree with what others said above. You need a proper office at home, a room designated for work and nothing but. I sometimes work sitting outside for a while but 95% of it takes place in the office room.

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