I know that many people think that working from home means that you actually took the day off and pretended to work. And I suppose that there are enough people who actually do that to have given working from home a bad reputation.
As someone who has done quite a bit of freelance work, I am pretty familiar with working from home and it is not a day off when I work from home. I settle into my desk at the normal time (if not earlier than normal) and work until the normal ending time (if not later than normal). I deal with the distractions of the day that are different from, but similar to, office distractions. Sure, maybe I am not answering phones but I do have to be firm with the cat that just because I am home, I cannot spend the day petting her.
Thanks to the “major ice event” that happened where I live this week, I worked from home every day but Monday. I actually learned a great deal from the experience and there are some things I want to do so if I ever have occasion to work from home again, my experience will be smoother (not that it was overly difficult this time around, but there were things I wish I’d had access to that I can remedy).
I realize that I am probably much more a workaholic than the average person, though, so maybe most people wouldn’t have taken the work at home opportunity as a time to think about what they could do to make it easier if they needed to do it again.
Hopefully we will thaw out this weekend and I can get back in to the office on Monday. Til then… WEEKEND!