As a telecommuter one major difficulty of working from home (or on the move) is convincing your employer or client that you are actually ‘working’. While the reality of the home working environment is that you probably actually work hard and longer than if you were in an office, this fact usually escapes your employer – simply because they can’t see you sitting at your desk.
Having been on the road for the past five weeks, and therefore difficult to get hold of, I have been accused of taking ‘holiday’ by numerous members of my client base, and nothing I can say seems to have convinced them otherwise. (Not even showing up at the office looking totally shagged out!)
It is well documented that “the average office worker admits to frittering away 2.09 hours per day, not counting lunch ” … and that’s just what they’ll admit to! So the boss-logic must therefore be: if someone you can see is p*ssing away 30% of the working day, someone you can’t see must be doubly laissez-faire … right?
Wrong. For one simple reason – job security. It is because the boss can’t see you that you work harder, perhaps than necessary, in order to keep your job. Whereas someone who shows up at the office and sits at their desk doing precisely nothing can get away with doing it for months on end – before anyone actually notices!
So while home-working may seem to be the ultimate workers utopia it is just as prone to stress and nose-bleed territory as any other working environment, if not more so.
It’s enough to make you seriously consider becoming a postman.