How do you like working from home?

If you don’t normally work from home but relented to the snow and ice today, how’s it going?

Can you get a lot done or do too many distractions get in the way?

Do you think more companies should start telecommuting programs — not only because of the weather, but to reduce our infamous traffic congestion?

164 comments Add your comment

kat

January 8th, 2010
6:27 am

I am of two minds when it comes to working from home. There are times when the commute alone makes it desirable to work from home, but there are some downsides. First, as an employee, it’s hard to be part of a team when you are working from home. Part of successfully doing your job is doing the work you are supposed to, but the other part is your interaction with your team and supervisors. You miss out on water cooler conversations and the in-person interactions. Second, if your sole function is to complete a task, working from home limits your measurement of success to how much work you can produce. Working in-person combines your behaviors, people skills, and the work you are producing. I think working from home is ok, but I believe it makes it harder to climb the ladder. Third, if working from home is sporadic and as needed, then I think it’s a very good idea. If it’s 100% work from home, I don’t think it’s conducive to a long and successful career.

kat

January 8th, 2010
6:28 am

Oh and one last comment – yes I get a lot done when I’m at home – because I have no interruptions

Alicia

January 8th, 2010
6:29 am

I think telecommuting is the best thing in the world and I would love it if my company allowed it! Less stress from driving in this traffic mess, the only commute time is from your bed to your computer, no distractions, no interruptions, you can always IM with people at work (or other telecommuters) to discuss problems or issues. I think a lot of companies have the capability of sending most if not all of their employees home, but they have this thought of what are we going to do with this big empty building we’ve spent so much money on???? Rent it out!!!!!!!

Graham

January 8th, 2010
6:39 am

Working from home this morning. I only use this option in emergencies because my job is more hands-on, but my boss advised it for everyone today. I plan to keep an eye on the news and hope to head to the office later in the day if possible.

Rickie

January 8th, 2010
6:51 am

My office gives us a variety of options based on your role. I have the option of telecommuting 1 or 2 days a week — I prefer the office. Today, I am currently logged in at home. I like to workout and then hit the office … I have the news on in the background and will attempt to head to both the gym and office later.

WAH

January 8th, 2010
7:01 am

Hey, guess what?? There are a bunch of smart-mouthed “I can drive in any weather” yankees piled up at I-85 and I-285!!! This Southerner is working from home in her jammies and loving technology!

SDJ

January 8th, 2010
7:09 am

My employer has allowed my team and myself to work from home since last June. I absolutely love it!!!! My position involves completing a task/ quota on a daily basis. Once that’s done I’m able to complete some tasks in and around the house and run errands. My employer’s office is at least 1hr away so I’m fortunate to not have to experience the daily traffic grind of the downtown connector.

tork

January 8th, 2010
7:10 am

More like a bunch of stupid tailgater’s. One of their days has finally arrived. 29 of them piled up this morning. I can’t say I like it. Then again being victim of these senseless, Don’t care about your life or mine. I have to get there now. People. That you usually catch up to at the next traffic light. They just can’t figure it out. Anyway working at home is ok for some people. I like that.

Steve-O

January 8th, 2010
7:16 am

I live in Rocky Face and work in Alpharetta so most day’s find me in my home office. It is nice when the weather is really crappy to take my 10 step commute from my house to the office in my outbuilding. Estimated commute time is about 30 seconds.

w00t

No slippin’ and slidin’ with the unmassed washes for me.

SD

January 8th, 2010
7:18 am

Currently work from home almost every day and love it. I face less interuptions and feel i am more productive. On occasion i will work over my required time to meet the needs of others as i don’t have the commute time added to my day. I am more dedicated to my employer since being given this opportunity. When the weather is bad, my co workers are off and i am still working, that is all ok with me.

ProudFather

January 8th, 2010
7:21 am

I’m working from home this morning/today due to my son’s day care being closed…yeaaah day care.

b

January 8th, 2010
7:29 am

I wish I could but I will be leaving as soon as the sun comes up. Hopefully since there are no schools open and many people will stay home, it will be OK. My boss already called to make sure I will be in!

Vick=Dog killing Thug

January 8th, 2010
7:34 am

As a software developer working from home is a working option one day a week and I am working from home today as well. In my case it just makes sense. I can securely log in and the phone and all the “goto” tools go a log way to making my job productive.

I love it

steve

January 8th, 2010
7:35 am

My company does not believe it that which is total bs.
I still can’t get over how a little bit of snow screws this town royally.

I grew up in snow. I’m not worried about me driving…..
It is all the other IDIOTS on the road that I’m worried about.

Jim

January 8th, 2010
7:40 am

My company does not believe in working from home. Although they believe in 100% safety and will fire you for being unsafe, they don’t care one bit about their employees traveling to work in dangerous weather. Those of you who work for caring companies, enjoy your day at home.

woodie

January 8th, 2010
7:44 am

I’m working from home, but I do not like my home, so this is not a plus.

Sandra

January 8th, 2010
7:47 am

I’m working from home and get a LOT more done. At home, I don’t have the long commute, so I actually start working 45 minutes earlier and I don’t have all the interruptions. Dress code is flannel pajamas and bunny slippers. :-)

Tami

January 8th, 2010
7:49 am

My company does not allow admins (like myself) to work from home. There’s very little that I can do here anyway, although I’m I could work here if officially allowed to. I’m still trying to find out if our office is closed, delayed, or open as usual. No word yet, nor any responses as of yet.

Mary

January 8th, 2010
7:49 am

I’ve been working at home on Fridays for the past two years. I absolutely love it. My company has various flex plans that give you many options for working from home, or working extra hours to get additional days off. There are still those who cast a wary eye on folks who work from home. I truly think they believe I’m watching TV and eating candy all day long! The quiet, the peace, the solitude are much more conducive to getting work done! In between emails and phone calls I do get throw in a load of laundry, which is a nice plus!

SaraS

January 8th, 2010
7:49 am

I work from home usually 2 days a week & love it. I needed to be here today for a class, however once i was through the worst of the road issues, I found out the class has been postponed! I never would’ve gone out in this, if my management had informed me of the change. I passed an overturned car & many other cars on the road were driving way too fast for the conditions. I also have a sick baby at home, who I had to take with me to drop off at her aunt’s. Again, if i had been able to work from home & keep my kid out of this damp, cold, windy weather, I would have. I was about the 10th car out of hundreds usually, in my parking lot. Great way to start my Friday!

Lisa

January 8th, 2010
7:50 am

Yes I’m working from home, I love it because I get so much more done because I have less interruptions. I have the option to work one day from home, and that’s when I usually complete the work I can’t get done at the office. I wish I could work from home 2 days a week. I think employees would be more dedicated to their companies if telecommuting was offered more freely as an option. I am wondering when they are going to come out with some type of law that requires companies to allow their employees to telecommute at least a few days out of the week. I always laugh when I see the digital signs on the expressway that say we should telecommute to cut down on smog. Seriously, does GA think that everyone is choosing to sit in that terrible traffic?

Tami

January 8th, 2010
7:50 am

Correction of the 2nd sentence: “…although I could work here if officially allowed to.” Good grief…guess my sleepy eyes aren’t all the way open yet.

Lisa

January 8th, 2010
7:52 am

And one more thing – I’ve lived in Boston, Wisconsin, and Minnesota during the winter. Yes you can drive in snow up there, because they have better road treatments and they have enough equipment to constantly plow the road to where it doesn’t get icy. They have to or they would be shut down for about 9 months out of the year. In the south, since snow is such a rare event, we don’t have that equipment, so our roads stay pretty icy, even with the sand and salt. So Yankees please stay off the roads, because it’s not that you can drive in snow, you can drive in snow WHEN THE ROAD HAS BEEN PROPERLY TREATED.

brenda

January 8th, 2010
7:55 am

yes i work from home daily the plus is I save on gas money,I work in my house coat or gown mostly save lunch money and can help the kids with homework on breaks and lunches, cook dinner early
however the down part is I dont make that much money $8 to $10 an hour however i do make monthly bonuses as i am good at my job if anyone has a cust service job that pays more please let me know thanks for the opportunity to vent.have a great day.

martha

January 8th, 2010
7:58 am

My company allows some employees to telecommute regularly, and everyone to do it today. I think it is great to do some or all of the time. If one just has a regular office job and can go paperless, why not? I get MUCH more work done at home. You dont realize how much distractions take from your work until you dont have them. If someone can and wants to spend some of their time working at home, a company should do it on a trial basis. If the work gets done, why not make everyone happy? I went ahead and set up a whole area with dual monitors, printer, scanner, etc and it is awesome!

Cobbalicious

January 8th, 2010
8:01 am

I love working from home. But sometimes I end up wasting too much time posting responses like this one:)

L.C.

January 8th, 2010
8:03 am

I have been working from home full time for a while. My productivity is through the roof because of it. I can start my day at 6:00 am and off at 2:00 and get more done than if I had spent 10 hours at the office. The amount I save on gas is like getting a raise which is nice since we have a raise freeze at work!!

Gina

January 8th, 2010
8:03 am

Teachers and students stay home because the roads are unsafe, but 12-month employees REPORT!

Charles

January 8th, 2010
8:04 am

I’m “working” from home – but really just reading the paper on line (mine hasn’t been delivered yet!)and posting on blogs… Yeah – no distractions here…

Manager Bob

January 8th, 2010
8:07 am

Every employee should commute to work and sit in a cubicle for their exact hours each day they are on payroll. That way managers can report that they are fully staffed and all work is going as usual. No exceptions.

Manager Bob

January 8th, 2010
8:08 am

I forgot to mention that I am working from home today …

Mike

January 8th, 2010
8:11 am

I always work from home unless I am going to the airport once a week for a two day trip. Working from home has many benefits yet a few drawbacks such as you never seem to “leave” the office

KM

January 8th, 2010
8:14 am

I recently started working from home on occcasion, I LOVE IT. I also get much more done and don’t have to deal with the commute (1 hr) to midtown. Doesn’t cost the company a penny and makes me a happy employee!!

Lisa

January 8th, 2010
8:15 am

I am working from home and have no problems doing so. I get as much, or more, done here than I do at work. I work from home when my children are sick, when the whether is inclement, or when I need to due to doctor’s appointments, etc. This allows me to get in as much time as possible. My work is primarily online so it doesn’t really matter were I’m working. I am allowed to telecommute several days a week and if my children were in a school closer to home, I would; however, they are closer to my office because they’re young. One of these days, I will change that!

fuzzer

January 8th, 2010
8:21 am

I normally work from home two days a week. Today is was an option and since my office is about 40 miles from home, I chose to work from home. There really is nothing that I can do in the office that I cant do from home. However, never for get, sometimes a faace to face hands on approch can get a lot things moving . So I do not like to work from home two days in a row. Also, I dont think full time from home is good either. Too easy for people to forget about you and your skill set… remember that !

Shauntih

January 8th, 2010
8:21 am

My company allows us to work 2 days a week from home (this is scheduled) if we want, based on your job. I’ve been doing this for over a year now, and I love it. I am considered 2nd or 3rd tier support, so I don’t interact with people face to face much at work anyway. Working from home, using the phone, email and chat, I am much more productive and happier. There are no arguments over the thermostat and no having to listen to other people’s conference calls. I have an office set up at home with everything I need (including a laptop) and can remotely access my desktop computer if needed. As far as I’m concerned, I am a MUCH more loyal employee because of the ability to telework.

Spike

January 8th, 2010
8:23 am

YES!! This makes so much sense in terms of traffic costs, commuting time wasted, stress, time with the family, etc.
The rub comes when you figure the impact on our ‘commuter based’ economy for things such as restaurants (the breakfast and lunch revenue lost), vending machines in the workplace, gas and convenience store revenue lost, department stores (clothes for work and accessories), pharmacies (shaving cream, hair products) commercial real estate development and leasing. And the list goes on and on….something to think about when we consider this ’so easy, makes sense’ solution.

Annie

January 8th, 2010
8:24 am

I have been working from home for more than a year now and I really like it a LOT!!! It took some adjusting at first but with all the ways we have to stay in touch – email, phones, IM – it doesn’t matter where I work. They just care that the work gets done!

Linnie

January 8th, 2010
8:25 am

I work from home 2 days a week & get a TON of work done. I don’t have the 45 minute commute each way; I can workout at lunch; or do things around the house. I don’t have the constant calls & walkups that I have in my office. The interruptions are the worst & really cut down on the productivity. If my company allowed it, there’d be no reason why we (as in our department) couldn’t work from home more than what is currently allowed. It seems like upper management would prefer everyone be here all of the time, since they have to be, but the telecommute option makes for happier, more positive & productive employees & with no raises being given or bonuses & the cost of living always increasing, yet our raises being non existent (2-3% if we’re lucky when they hand them out), telecommuting really is a nice luxury!

John

January 8th, 2010
8:36 am

Doing emails, reviewing docs, yep, I’m at home. Have total access to the work computers. Can’t do it every day (I’m a school principal!), but this way I don’t fall hopelessly behind. May go in later when the streets improve (IF they improve?)

Jamie

January 8th, 2010
8:36 am

There is something to be said for personal interaction, but I get a TON more work done…so many fewer distractions. I get to sleep later and start work earlier if I don’t have to deal with hair/makeup and commute. More companies should explore the option.

JP

January 8th, 2010
8:37 am

Its days like this that I am glad that I consistently work from home (and so does my roomate). We have a callcenter going on here. I work a day shift and he works a night shift. We just look out the windows during our down time and shake our head at the traffic/congestion on GA 400. We see accidents, we see (in days like this) people slipping and sliding all over the complex trying to get out of their apartments on the slick icy ground and we think to ourselves “Thank God we dont have to drive in back of or next to that person”.

The drawback is that you tend to pick up some weight working at home. You eat more and get a little lazy when it comes to working out. You have to have the discipline to still keep fit. Just because your working from home does not mean you can munch on cake and cookies and other sweets. The good news is, you can watch tv in between calls, no one blocks the internet so you can go to any site you want AND when you have those irrate callers, you can vent to one another. So since its 2 of us, it makes it much better to work from home. We dont miss the office drama at all. However if I lived alone, I’d probably be yearning for some interaction with my co-workers.

We get a lot down. The call comes in, we answer it using our headset and PC and do the same thing a normal call center rep does. We are content to say the least.

Boswellmachine

January 8th, 2010
8:37 am

I think it’s possible to strike a balance. I do feel there are benefits to both. In my profession, it’s good to have mindshare between the team, and interfacing with management face to face is a key element to being successful in my role. However; there’s no question that I could get more completed from a daily activity perspective by not having the distractions that come along from being within an office. Needless to say, I made the commute into Alpharetta this morning. It wasn’t a problem to get here.

WGD

January 8th, 2010
8:39 am

I work from home, on average, one day a week so having the “snow day” means one less day of driving. In addition to Atlanta, I perform job functions in Knoxville, Denver, and two locations in California so I’m always “remote” to those. I do agree with the post above relating to the interaction and “water cooler” conversations but, at the same time, four days a week of that is enough. Without the distractions, I accomplish far more at home.

Janine

January 8th, 2010
8:42 am

I’m at work today. There is no way my manager would ever let me work from home for any reason. The email we received yesterday: “The company, while concerned for the saftey of our employees, expects all staff to report to work on time. If you live in a problematic area please arrange to stay at a local hotel tonight. Thank you for your dedication to the company’s success.”

What a bunch of bull….

kitty

January 8th, 2010
8:44 am

I am working from home today…except for my post here. :) I love it when I am able to do so. But with my job sometimes it is easier to be in the office. Fortunately we had enough warning about this so I could plan ahead. I can accomplish a lot at home, but sometimes I find myself less than motivated with other distractions and “help” from my cat. But today it is great. I don’t want to get out on that ice but I sure need my Starbucks. Stay warm all. :)

Al

January 8th, 2010
8:44 am

Been trading stocks for 8 years now and loving it. No commutes. No boss. I make my own hours and the money saved on gas and car maint is huge.

Price

January 8th, 2010
8:48 am

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Lee

January 8th, 2010
8:51 am

Well, I’m working at home today and I usually get to when there are emergencies, but my company (or maybe just my department) is very biased in who they allow to work from home. Some people get to work from home every Friday, whenever they want, instead of taking a sick day, etc. And some of us only get to do it if absolutely necessary. It’s pretty unfair, and I wish I could work from home permanently or even two to three days a week. It would certainly help with cost, considering we’re on a raise freeze and they raised our insurance rates (and copays, deductibles, etc) but a LOT. Permanently telecommuting would certainly help recoup some of that expense, by saving on gas, car maintenance, etc.

I personally love it, because I don’t have to deal with this evil troll I work with. There are some distractions, but I find I actually put in longer hours when working from home because I’m not determined to escape from the evil troll as soon as possible.

Dewi

January 8th, 2010
8:59 am

I’m in the office today. Had a pretty easy commute up Peachtree Industrial to Peachtree Corners. Very few people on the road, and for the most part, the roads are in pretty good shape, or at least for my commute they were. We can work from home if we want to and clear it with our team first, but I find I get distracted too easily at home, so I prefer to head to the office and work. Hopefully that will change as I get older. That might also be partly due to my just having gotten out of school last May, and I’m still a bit in college mode.