This piece originally posted on 10/17/12 when I (obviously) worked from home. Y'all, if you know someone who works from home? Don't say any of the below things. PLEASE.
There are very few things that send me over the edge faster than the following:
“Oh my GAWD, you work from home? You must get sooooo much done around the house!”
“THAT IS SO AWESOME. YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO SHOWER.”
“So you work like, what, three or four hours a day?”
“That would be awesome if you had kids. You wouldn’t even need daycare.”
Can we just discuss this for a minute?
Yes, I do get things done around the house. AFTER or BEFORE work. Because during work hours? I’m WORKING. If you worked in an office building, would you be able to stop what you were doing to clean your kitchen? No? Me either, even though technically the kitchen is only a few rooms over.
Yes, I shower. I get dressed too. One, because I like to be clean and fresh-smelling. Two, because working from home doesn’t mean becoming a slovenly lump of humanity. Thanks though.
No, I don’t work three or four hours a day. I work more like eleven to twelve hours a day, because it’s right there. I am also on call during evenings, on weekends, and on vacations. I can’t walk away from my office. I don’t have a commute during which to unwind. I just have a room, a computer, and a smart phone. They’re always there. I work more hours working at home than I would if I worked off site.
I wouldn’t need daycare? Are you crazy? Would you bring your children to your office and try to have meetings and conference calls with clients every day? I don’t have children, but if I did? I would ABSOLUTELY need daycare. In fact, for my employees who have children at home? Daycare is pretty much required.
I don’t know why people think that working from home isn’t work, or is less work, or is not important work. I don’t know why people think that because I don’t get into a car every day and drive someplace I must have a cushy job where I just kind of cruise along, eating ice cream and watching tv in my pjs.
BUT IT DRIVES ME INSANE.
And the next person who makes me get on this soapbox? Is probably going to wish they hadn’t.