Your Say: Working from Home…Yeay or Nay?

by xin on November 29, 2012

Apologies to my sporadic updates, it’s mainly due to the lack of inspiration. If I have nothing good to say…might as well not say a thing? ;)

A little humor for the day:

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*Image taken from Google.

So, due to some emergency, we were requested to work from home to quarantine ourselves for a day (or two). It was a good news to most of us indeed :D

The little joy in life!

When I first started working and discovered the joy of working from home, with all my might, I found my ‘dream job’.

Initially I really enjoyed it, but eventually, I got so bored because there was no human interaction…and all I had was walls and windows.

So I had to resign from the job and got into another job with more ‘human touch’. It just got me thinking, I can’t work from home anymore. Not for daily anyway.

Here’s some my pros & cons of working from home:

Pros:

  • No traffic jam
  • Flexi hour, working at your own pace
  • No office politics

Cons:

  • Lack of discipline
  • Life becomes mundane
  • No colleagues to gossip share your joy with!

I am quite on the fence about this, if given a choice, I’d probably prefer a 3-day in office, 2-day from home thing. We just can’t have it all right?

What about you, would you say YEAY or NAY?

 

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Paris B November 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

Like you, I would like a half and half too. I personally think that work wise, I get more done at home than at the office, because there are less distractions at home. Also, when I work at home I get more done around the house too – work while the laundry is in the machine, and lunch/dinner is on the stove and deal with them as a little break from work. Yet, if I did it all day everyday, I’d probably go mad.
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xin November 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

i think the major obstacle will really be the housework LOL. i can’t sit in peace with all the cleaning, laundry and what not to do in mind.
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Nikki November 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hi Xin! I actually felt exactly the same as you do when I started to work from home! But I guess now with all the morning sickness and what-nots of pregnancy, I am appreciating working from home more! The problem with working from home for me is the fact that I lack consciousness for time, I tend to eat only 10 minutes then head straight to work and work til late at night! I guess it’s a huge CON for me as I have so much discipline in terms of work! LOL!

P.S. I guess I survived working from home for a year is the fact that I can get to attend events after work (which is a nice human touch for me) :D

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xin November 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

lucky you sis! working from home does take off a lot of mental stress :D
I have very little discipline when it comes to work :P so i guess it’s best for me to stay in this ‘jail’ to get my work done
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lyn November 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

I work from home sometimes. I do get a lot done but I tend to miss lunch because I would feel too lazy to cook something up ;-)
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xin November 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

can’t believe people miss their meals when at home! that’s something really new to me :P
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Lily November 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I’ve always considered this an option, but nah. If I worked from home, I’d be in scrubs the whole day without any makeup on… unless I do FOTDs and stuff. I’d be a slacker, for sure. Unlike Lyn, I might just overeat to compensate the lack of interaction with people. LOL!
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xin November 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm

my thoughts too! i guess i will look really crappy, and not bother to shower until i stink. LOL
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Jyoan November 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I would like to have a choice when I can go into office and when not. Don’t want to work entirely from home.
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xin November 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

isn’t that the best of both worlds? ;)
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Tine November 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I work from home and yeah, it can be difficult. Lack of discipline is definitely an issue. Being at home means I sometimes end up doing housework instead of work, which is not good. Key is set a routine and follow it, just like you would at the office. The lack of people to talk to is something I’ve sorely missed :-)
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xin November 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

i respect your determination to blog daily! i swear i can’t even maintain a blog if I work from home
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Jennifer November 30, 2012 at 12:36 am

Hi Xin! I would love the flexibility to work from home when the need arise, i.e. to break away from the mad crawl to city centre on daily basis. Fortunately, on some days when I am not required to attend internal/external meetings, I can request to work from home, just a day in many months or during off peak period. Due to the nature of my work, sometimes we put in long hours and when I am not required for client facing tasks, I can some flexibility.

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xin December 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hi Jennifer! That’s really lucky that you can request to work from home when needed. I guess it’s an okay compensation for the long working hour ;)
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Jenn November 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

I work from home at least once a week and I find that I get more work done at home (despite the cleaning and cooking and doing laundry) than at work (maybe there are more distractions at work – meetings to attend, the phone ringing, people walking over to ask questions, and oh, chitchatting with colleagues! :D ) – I work longer hours too! IMHO its a good option to have (especially for those with kids) but then again one must know when to stop working and consider it a wrap for the day!! ;)
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xin December 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

that’s really cool! i will be grateful if i could work from home once a week, i will be able to get alot of things done around the house :D
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Beauty Box November 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I think it really depends on the nature of your work and your own personality. Some jobs require you to be in contact with others to complete your job whereas some are very “thinking” solitary jobs. I think for the latter, if you stayed at home all the time, you would def go mad and you would need to make an extra effort to create a social life outside of your home office. And from experience, it is really not easy as an adult (esp since I also moved countries) for a myriad of reasons. Let’s just say it’s harder to make good friends later on in life. But there are a lot of pros to working from home though I think it’s not as easy as what most people would deem.
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xin December 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

my job requires physical interaction hence working from home isn’t really applicable to me :( on the bright side, i guess i can make some ‘friends’ in the office since im office bound
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plue December 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

i much prefer to work from home, but i suspect i don’t have that sort of determination to just work and not do anything related to work :P

too much distractions in office like phone calls and customers around, work always get cut off when I am concentrating! but then again office gives you a bit more communication, though I don’t think I mind the lack of it. it gets frustrating when you need help with work but there’s no one though.

the bf works from home, and i love how flexible his time can be, one thing for sure is everyone seems to think he’s not working and like he’s on holiday!
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