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For the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to work from home.  I have worked mostly at home for the past year and am getting ready to start another project which will require me to go to the office every day.

The pros were time spent not commuting and saving wear and tear on my vehicle.  I also liked being able to sleep in a little longer and being home when my son comes home from school.  It was also nice to wear whatever I wanted to.

However as time went on, I felt socially isolated and missed being in an office environment.  I started to go in once a week to the office just to be around other adults!!

Plus I have a 2 year old at home and it is incredibly difficult to get any work done when you have a kid climbing on you, screaming or whining, or getting into stuff.

I will still be part-time (3 days a week) so it shouldn’t be that bad.  I was doing this about a year ago too, that is, going into the office 3 days a week.  I will be working on-site at a client site at the HQs building which has an awesome cafeteria, a gym with free classes like aerobics and yoga, free counseling for any issues, and support groups such as for parents of toddlers to name a few.  This is my favorite client and where I have spent most of my career.

I guess working from home is not for everyone.  I actually got tired of being at home all the time.  I guess the perfect situation for me at least would be to go to the office a few days a week and then work at home the other days.  However, in my new position, I will not be able to work from home at all anymore due to the nature of the job.

How about you?  Do you prefer to work from home or in the office or a combination of both?




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      Lazylola wrote Oct 20, 2010
    • I used to bring work home with me and found that it was easier for me to get caught up at home where a phone ringing nonstop was distracting or fellow employees finding my office to be their favored hangout. Now I miss work period.estatic



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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Diane17 wrote Oct 20, 2010
    • Ruby,

      My phone rarely rings when I’m at work (now when I worked in HR that was a different story) and it’s wierd but the people I work with I rarely see and are at different locations.  

      Do you think you will be able to go back to work sometime?  I hope so.

      I do like my job, but sometimes I wonder if I need a change from corporate America.  I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years.

      Diane



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      Lazylola wrote Oct 20, 2010
    • I was a combination of Office Manager, AP/AR, Payroll, HR, did reports and any other number of duties for 4-6 different offices, I loved it. I don’t know when and if I’ll ever be able to return to work.



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      Diane17 wrote Oct 20, 2010
    • I’m so sorry.  That does sounds like an interesting job.  It sounds like you were incredibly busy.  

      I majored in HR but then that job in Employment was extremely stressful for me.  I couldn’t deal with being constantly interrupted by the phone and by people and I was not very organized—I was only 23 at the time.  I could probably do that job well now...now that I have the work experience.



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