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A few months ago, I was interviewing someone for a story when I heard a knock at my door. It was my apartment’s maintenance crew, a day late to install something. Before I could pause the interview, the knocking turned into loud banging, and it didn’t take long before my interview subject asked, “are you okay over there?”
Such are the perils of working from home. It’s a tough thing to complain about, but remote working isn’t without its drawbacks. And one of them is the fuzzy boundary between your home and work life. Especially when I first started working remotely, no one seemed to understand that working from home meant I was, you know, working. So I decided it was time to really set some boundaries.
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05/15/2015 - 5:50 AM EDT
After Lindsay Wilcox gave birth to twins , she returned to her role as a public relations specialist full-time, but her manager allowed her to split her time by working in the office three days a week and the other two from home .
This flexibility meant Wilcox could save money on daycare costs and continue her position at CHG Healthcare Services, a Salt Lake City healthcare staffing firm.
“Having the flexibility to work in the office just three days a week gives me better work and life balance and helps me focus on key tasks,” she said. “I get the best of both worlds: the camaraderie of my coworkers in the office and the relative quiet of my home while I spend more time with my children.”
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The debates around open vs. closed office spaces are continuing to heat up and I still think these debates are absolutely pointless. As I’ve said many times, the debate shouldn’t be around cubicle or open space–it should instead be all about workplace flexibility. That is giving the employees the option to work how they want to work and not how your organization tells them they should work. A part of this workplace flexibility includes telework, that is working from places other than the office. Dell, Aetna and Xerox are among some of the most forwarding thinking and progressive companies when it comes to offering telecommuting options.
Technology has made it increasingly efficient to telecommute in a variety of industries. The challenge becomes motivating yourself to jump out of your workout gear and get ready for the day when the only person you are most likely to see is the one in the mirror! A strong case can be made for taking the extra time to plan your day and supercharge your success. Here are my etiquette suggestions for proficiently working from a home office.
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