The trouble with working from home 3

///The trouble with working from home 3

The trouble with working from home 3

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

[1]” … 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.

By |2017-01-06T11:16:43+00:00July 29th, 2009|Strasbourg|7 Comments

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  1. Eric Eck July 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I thought flipper was actually a dauphin francais. Surely, it takes serious studies to discover he is multilingual. Welcome back by the way…Fete du Munster in Rosheim this week end!

  2. Matt Harle July 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Eric , have I got this right… A cheese festival? If so, sounds good to me! Might see you there.

  3. Matt Harle July 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    couldn't agree more. How many offices can you phone at 7 in the morning (or evening come to think of it) where you'll get an answer? I also feel obliged to check emails during the evening, and at weekends, and to reply to them as well. Don't get that in a bloody office, do you, bosses!

  4. Eric Eck July 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    THE smelly Alsace Cheese has its festival and its this week end in Rosheim. And its originally from Ireland….Long story I will tell you all about.

  5. Alex Rozanski July 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    > I have been accused of taking ‘holiday’ by numerous members of my client base

    Surely if you’ve done the work that you are supposed to have done, they can’t legitimately argue that you’ve been taking holiday?

  6. Bart July 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    If only it were so simple! (then I’d definitely take a holiday)

  7. Golfy October 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm - Reply


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