Working from home
December 14, 2016
The more people you speak to the more obvious it becomes that working from home is seen as a luxury. Often greeted with “You’re so lucky to be able to work from home” or “Do you ever get out of your pyjamas?”, The truth of the matter, at least for me, is that it can often be a curse. Now before everyone jumps down my throat to tell me I’m wrong, please hear me out.
Before working where I do now, I was a photographer and a good one at that. My speciality was always action sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, climbing or similar, though I would take any gig that came along as I always enjoyed a challenge. Sometimes, this would be a wedding or social event, and although I dreaded these types of gigs because of the ‘one chance’ aspect, I craved the opportunity for social interaction. The ability to open my mouth and make real vocal noises to communicate and chat.
That’s what I miss, the capacity to talk. Not just via Slack, email or Twitter, but with my voice.
Working from home does have its benefits, for a start, I CAN work all day in my Pyjamas if I so desire, but that is a rarity. I never go thirsty, but also have an unhealthy attachment to tea and coffee. I can listen to my choice of music whenever I want and however loud I can tolerate. My hours are not set, so I can have that lay in if I’m feeling particularly knackered, just as long as I do at minimum my contracted hours.
I’m not saying some of those benefits are incredible, they are, it’s only the lack of company and no real change of scenery that plays with my mind.
So note to self, get a new Macbook charger and spend more time working from coffee shops.