While affiliates are most often the beneficiaries of having a home business, this week it’s my turn to try working form home for a change.
Running a team of 18 staff on the affiliate side of the business at WSO means I’m a great fan of everyone “being at the office“. There’s a lot you can get done when your team is around you, rather than working remote.
However with my wife (Nok) off down South to visit her parents this week, it leaves me to take and pick up Baeng from school (Alex’s school holiday’s started last week). It’s day one, and I skipped taking Baeng to school as Nok didn’t leave till today. So instead of my usual 5:00 alarm clock, I crawled out of bed at… 7:30, that’s a hour later than I’d usually be logging in…. after helping pack the car, having breakfast, playing with the dogs it was… 9:15 when I finally logged on!
My usual worries about working at home are
1. Distractions - It’s hard to work when the kids are around
2. Working with the team. – Yea I keep them under the thumb…
3. Access to network – Not an issue as the remote access was working fine and all internal files and office mail are accessible.
So with Baeng at school and Alex off down South with Nok, it leaves me with just point 2, but as last month was way better than we expected, I guess I can trust them not to be playing online games all day…. I hope
Apart from today I’ll expect to be logged on by around 8:30 with no defined lunch break, I’ll just nibble away all day long, and of course dress code is optional. Granted, I’m not exactly a shirt and tie guy at the office anyway.
However at 2:30 I have to grab a taxi and pick up Baeng, go shopping because the cupboards are empty, and probably get back home by 5pm. Then it’ll be time to help with homework and reading practice, play with Barbie and finally get Baeng in bed by 8pm.
Leaving me to be logged in again and watching TV at the same time till… around 11 pm, usually I finish at 4pm at the office and get home by 5:30…
With just Baeng to take care of I think working at home this week will be great, if I had Alex too…then it would be a little less productive
Overall though I cut daily travel to and from work by 2 and a half hours, get up 2 hours later. Work about the same number of hours and have access to all the data I usually do at the office… all positives. However I do like the face to face interaction with my team. Throughout the day I decide to pickup and try http://farmingsimulator2015freedownload.wordpress.com
So perhaps it’s time to push through some changes are work, allow more remote work and throw in evening meetings in a local pub to ensure I still get that face to face time with the team!
Of course it’s still early in the week… things could yet go wrong!
9:30 PM Footnote : Atcually I really enjoyed getting to do all those things that stopped me working, packing Baeng’s school bag, picking her up from school, doing home work, cooking diner… might be time for me to quit being in an office!