In this modern age, if your job involves working with computers, you can essentially work wherever you like. Out of this was spawned buzzwords like efficiency, flexibility, remote work, and so on.
To me, the best thing about working away from the office is the fact that I get to shut myself up in my own little universe and concentrate on what I’m doing. Where I sit in the office, I’m surrounded by other cubes, so every time someone in the adjacent cube gets a phone call, I automatically start listening. Sometimes people walk around amid the cubes, lost, and I have to stop working to tell them how to get where they’re going.
Second best thing about working from home: Avoiding the commute. I have never been a fan of driving. I could go into all the gripes I have about the road and cars and other people on the road, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post. When working from home, the only traffic jams I run into are when the cats start playing in the hallway and nearly trip me as I’m going from room to room.
But remote work has its downsides. A couple times, the office shut down because of inclement weather (which in North Carolina means it snowed a quarter inch), forcing everyone to work at home for five days in a row. I started missing the giant laser printer and seeing my coworkers in the halls. I even missed the free coffee in the break room. Too much remote work can lead to feeling isolated, and Skype and phone calls help, but it’s not the same as seeing people face to face.
Also, when working from home, I tend to work longer hours because I don’t need to leave promptly at a certain time to beat the traffic. In some ways, this is a good thing because overtime pay is nice. On the other hand, the whole point of working from home is to maximize time spent not working or getting to work.
I have many more rants and raves about remote work, but I’ll stop here and let you sound off in the comments because this post is getting too long. 🙂