There is a happiness, a joy, from being able to work from home each day. But being in your own home office doesn’t mean there aren’t issues that you’re going to be confronted with.
No One Thinks You’re Busy
When you work from home, people tend to think that you have all the time in the world to do whatever you want. And yes, there is flexibility in your schedule that you can’t get in an office job, but it doesn’t mean you are at the beckoned call of everyone who needs something just because you’re at home. I once had someone become incredibly furious with me because I wasn’t responding to her voicemail regarding a school event issue. She was so irate that she berated me via email to our whole group of moms. It didn’t matter that I was busy with my clients. Working from home doesn’t seem like a real job to many people.
You Are Alone A Lot
Being a social butterfly and working from home may not be a good fit. Depending upon the type of job you’re doing, you could be at home all day and never speak to anyone. You have to be able to handle that. And it’s not easy for a lot of people. I’ve known several friends who have tried it and realized that they need the interaction and camaraderie that takes place when you go to work somewhere else. Emailing clients and customers is not the same type of social interaction. You have to really be secure within yourself to be alone and be okay with it.
You Miss Out on Office Fun
Christmas parties? No. Casual Friday? Nah - you get that every day. The boss takes the department out to lunch? Not you. Team Building Get-togethers? Never. This hits home especially if you are a remote worker and are working for a company that is miles - or states - away from you. It’s very hard to see the photos and emails and chatter about the last great get-together knowing you didn’t get to be a part of it, and will never be a part of it. You will be left out, and that’s hard to deal with.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.