Today is Thursday. Thursdays are the day I work at home. Last thing I do when I leave work Wednesday is write on the whiteboard outside our office “Amy- working at home Thursday” – and do so with a guilty hand. Because I invariably get remarks on Friday such as, “how was your day off” or “did you have a good day off?” not in a sarcastic bent, but because the concept of telecommuting, even in 2011, is still so foreign. Even though “telecommuting” sounds so 1995, like bag phones. Remember those and how proud we were to tote them around?
Truth is I sit down at my laptop well before 7, log onto the network and IM so everyone knows I am available, and churn out work until close to 5, with few breaks. I get much more accomplished with a day at home, in terms of productive writing and designing, than I do when I am in the office. That is why it works, and why companies such as mine offer it.
I have friends who also do the “day at home” stint. When we discuss this aspect of our jobs, we all admit to having to overcompensate and deal with the guilt complex thrown on us by colleagues who strictly pull their hours on site. Probably similar to the stigma projected at stay-at-home moms, which at one time I was. So we inundate coworkers with the sheer volume work we churn out,with warp-speed responsiveness to emails and IMs, and answer our desk phones – now forwarded to our work mobile- on the first ring, just to validate that we are working and not watching The Young and The Restless.
Truth is over the years I have known many office mates who simply take up cubicle space, minimizing their browser or alt-tabbing whenever I walk by, people whose purpose I have yet to ascertain, yet THEY ARE THERE… IN THE FLESH.
Well, today, HERE I AM, 50 miles from work but just wrapped up a 10 hour day. And I admit without any shame I love Thursdays. I love not having to dress or put on a bra, not having a one hour drive, and actually getting a LOT DONE! For those who know me, and know what a stickler I about not going out in public without my hair pin straight and “face” on, in true work-at-home fashion I am posting a photo of me today, at 4:30, in work at home mode- a once in a lifetime public pic:
(okay I am not comfortable enough yet to show my face, but you get the picture!)