Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know…
Do (or did) you work in a non-traditional work environment (work-at-home, travel, etc.), and do (or did) you enjoy it? If you don’t (or didn’t), do you think you would have liked the opportunity to do so?
I’m retired now. Before I retired at the end of 2016, my job required a lot of travel, so I got used to working away from the office. I would work at a client’s site, in a hotel room, at the airport, or at a coffee shop. Basically wherever I could find a plug for my laptop and a decent WiFi connection.
Back in 2008, the company I worked for, a software and services firm specializing in human resources, payroll, and benefits administration solutions, implemented what it called “home-shoring” to employees in sales and support roles. We could work from home and rarely have to go to the office.
I was fortunate to have a room at my home that I could designate as a home office. The company provided us home-shorers with ergonomic office furniture, a company laptop with a secure, encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN), and a color laser printer. It reimbursed us for a landline and for a smartphone and for our selected internet service provider (ISP) and WiFi connection. And we had all of the software we could ever need, and then some. Basically everything we needed to do our jobs as effectively from home as we did from the office was provided.
Did I enjoy working from home? You bet your sweet bippy I did. What was there not to love? My commute was a few seconds. I could work in my pajamas if I wanted to. I could have my conference calls with team members and with clients and prospects, participate video calls and conduct product demos and training via WebEx (a behind-the-firewall, Zoom-Like video conferencing app). There was nothing that I couldn’t do from my home office that I could do at my work office.
Between 2008 and 2016, when I retired, I would periodically get calls from headhunters about other job opportunities. My first question that I would ask these recruiters was, “Could I work from home full-time?” If their answer was no, my answer to them was also no.
So, bottom line, I absolutely loved working in what Frank calls a “non-traditional work environment.”