You hear a lot about working from home; especially, with all the internet technology available to us today.  Have you ever really thought about what that entails though?  I will admit that there are some fantastic perks.  I can have a latte practically anytime I want for pennies on the dollar (versus Starbucks). I can listen to my music or have my TV shows on in the background as loud as I want without disturbing co-workers. My new office is literally the size of a two bedroom apartment and casual Friday practically means clothing optional. But there are a few things you may not have considered.

Hours.

There is something soothing to me now about a 9-5 job.  You know when your day is over, you know when it starts.  My day is something along the lines of 5:30 am to 11:30 pm with gaps in between. I honestly work some days for 14 hours but never notice until I am being scolded by my girlfriend for ignoring her for what she assumes is me on Hulu at 9:30 at night when I am going over excel charts.  You get lost in your work because you never leave the office.  You wake up in the office, you sleep in the office, you even get tipsy in the office on weekends.  Now I should have prefaced this by saying that I am eternally grateful to Kerry and Kevin to letting me work remotely so I can be with my girlfriend in Chicago for the year. No, not just because they will read this but because I am honestly lucky to be in a company that is nimble enough to make it work.

Which brings me to my next point: Communication.

With our webcams, cell phones, messenger, outlook and telepathy, we have unlimited options for keeping information flowing back and forth.  However things don’t always work as they should.  Power outages, (our building was built in 1902 and I think a firefly carries more juice) Microsoft just flat out hating us (or at least I think messenger is out to ruin us) you just can’t connect sometimes.  You have no idea how I miss being able to poke my head out the office door and simply ask Kevin a question. What was lightning fast is now either quick or not at all.  I think sometimes Kevin and Kerry ignore me because they know I am not right there to pressure them for an answer 😉

I honestly plan on writing more on this topic and really get into what works and doesn’t work as well as suggested tips and tricks but right now I have to go pick up my lady from the train.  Another of the little perks of being home all the time, (and the burdens) See what I mean!

Cole Straub

Project Manager & Uncle

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