Is working from home helpful?

Is working from home helpful?

Maybe. This article discusses that people who work from home often work harder and have other issues. I have read other studies that show that after 40 hours a week, your productivity goes down. People need breaks and I wonder how focused you can be when your work and home are the same?

The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job - The Atlantic

I have noticed wherever I have worked, that the people who tend to work from home are managers or owners. Very few of non white-collar jobs have the opportunity to work from home. Many people could work from home, but are not given that opportunity. I don’t know why. The office isn’t magically more productive. It is really up to the individual how motivated they are and how much they get done.

The other thing I have noticed about working from home vs working in an office is that more companies are giving their employees laptops. It used to be that laptops were “a luxury” as one boss told me. Its kind of silly idea when you consider how much work someone can get done away from the office. I think it’s just when technology is new then people want it, and then when they realize it’s a burden they don’t want it.

Take for example the Blackberry. Everyone wanted one and it was for “executives” when it was new. Then over time it lost its shine and had tons of issues. Now the iPhone is the “in” device, and very few people have a blackberry anymore. There seems to be a curve where people get stuff and then realize they aren’t better off for having it. It’s not quite “buyers remorse” but more like “technology remorse.” Like being a member of Facebook and then you realize it doesn’t help you. It didn’t take me long of getting messages from people I didn’t want to talk to realize that while its fun to try new technologies, you can’t really put forth the energy to sustain every technology. So you have to choose.

The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job – The Atlantic.

Stories from my Past: Rough treatment at dealer service

I sometimes help my friend by taking his car to the dealers service center. I don’t mind. I like driving his car and he lets me do errands in it. Win/Win right? So the last time I was at his luxury dealer I had this experience and wanted to share it.

I was making small talk with the lady who was waiting for her car. She commented how different this dealer was from another one she had been to in Minnesota. She said that in that dealer they had someone serving you coffee, individual offices that you could work on your laptop, they custom made a cd to give to you with songs that they learned you liked, food/treats, fireplace in each room with waterfall, and so many other luxuries. I was amazed at hearing that. I have never gone to a service center and treated that way. “Yeah so when I came here I was surprised at the rough treatment I got here. I was like, `This is it?'” I was surprised at her reaction. While it would be wonderful to have that experience, she was at a luxury dealer with: leather chairs, 3 types of free snacks, water bottles, coffee, espresso and many other things that many dealers do not have. So she wasn’t getting what I considered “rough treatment”. However to be empathetic I smiled and listened.

I immediately started to think about what she said. When you get fantastic treatment that is wonderful. However when you realize that most places are going to give you an average service, then perhaps lowering your standards would make you happier. She was sad that this dealer wasn’t the dealer from the past, and while I understand that, it doesn’t matter. If she wants that dealer she can move back to her old location. Every place has its own advantages and disadvantages, and you accept that when you make the decision to live where you are. We are adults and we can deal with not be spoiled all the time, right people?