It’s now been 3 years and 3 months since I accepted a fulltime, salaried position working out of a home office, and I’d have to agree with just about all of Jay White’s rules and lessons for working from home. You start out thinking, “that won’t happen to me” and before you know it, it’s 3 pm and you’re still doing “just one thing” before you stop and have breakfast.
Of his list, I’m only not on board for one:
Dress the part.
In line with the showering bit, you should be keen to the notion that someone may invite you to a last minute web meeting with video. If you are able to work effectively in your shorts, fine, but have a business shirt handy. Some people need to dress up in order to get into the business mood. If you are one of them, dress as if you were really heading into the office.
I’ve read that one before, and sorry, doesn’t work for me. I am definitely not one of those people that needs to dress up to think business. First of all, I rarely, if ever, get pulled into impromptu video meetings. As an organization, we’re not there yet. Thankfully, my day job is casual so even when I’m heading to the office I’m grabbing the jeans and not the panty hose. But I definitely dress differently for the home office. On days I’m working from the basement you will never ever catch me wearing shoes unless I’ve just walked in the door. Just can’t stand the things, and I think better without them.
How about you? Any do-or-die rules for surviving the teleworking life?