20 Truths about Telecommuting
Telecommuting as a recruiter has been unimaginably great. But like anything, it still has downsides, and it has not been the answer to everything. But oh how I love the upsides! Here are twenty weird but true facts about my life as a telecommuter:
- I work most days in my pjs from my dining room
- There will be times that I will put the phone on mute because my dog is trying to chew my arm off.
- The internet going out is my number one fear of the workday.
- Instead of breaking to chat with coworkers, I break to take a shower.
- Ending at my scheduled time is tougher than you think, I get sucked in and the hours whiz by.
- Yes, there are days that I plop on my couch with my laptop.
- It’s true, for me at least, I get a heck of a lot more done at home than at the office.
- It can definitely get lonely, it sometimes feels like it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
- Then I think about the money I save in gas, and it’s all good. 🤑
- It’s sometimes frustrating to be at the mercy of the phone to speak with bosses and coworkers. Getting things done can be harder.
- I cannot keep my little ones at home. On days I’ve kept my preschooler home, I’ve had to hole in my bedroom for phone calls. When I come out, she has been known to sit on the floor right outside the door the whole time listening to me. 😪
- If my husband is at home during the day it’s worse, he’ll start talking to me in the middle of a phone call! Even the kids know better! 😂
- Yes, I do take my dog for a walk on lunch hour. And yes, it is amazing.
- I do feel a little unsafe at times. Although I live in a very safe neighborhood, all of my neighbors are at work during the day and are not home.
- The temptation to goof off is not as bad as I thought it would be. My heavy workload and goals are still there, and so far that’s been enough motivation for me to stay focused.
- As a working mom, it truly has offered me the flexibility that brings balance to my life.
- BUT, It has not eliminated, or even reduced working mom guilt. Because they are still in daycare all day I still feel like I’m missing them, and the guilt is even worse if I keep them home when working (see #11).
- I go into the office ten days a month, so I need to keep my work materials somewhat mobile. I have a binder with certain resources I carry around, and try to be paperless as much as possible.
- In the spring and summer I’ve worked from my patio. Pure bliss.
- I save a measurable amount of money on clothes. My business clothes last longer and I only really need a few outfits.
In the end, a job is still a job. I still have my good days and bad days, I have my friends and “tough cookies”. Telecommuting has been a very good perk of my job, but it has not been the answer to everything.