It’s ‘National Work From Home’ Week, and here at SocialMyna we are as busy as ever. Our team consists of six awesome (trust me, we really are), talented ladies. A quick straw poll revealed some of the things that we like most about working from home. All of us have children of varying ages so the biggest draw for us is the flexibility home working gives us, whether that be working in between toddler naps, hospital appointments, or indeed if they need to come home early due to unexpected illness.
Working from home is becoming increasingly popular in these times of flexible working practices. Personally, I like to think of it less as “working from home” and more as “permanent duvet days out of the office”. Being in an informal environment seems to release my creativity so ideas come to me more readily. I talk to myself all the time anyway, so brainstorming sessions (albeit solo ones) aren’t a problem, but some people need more bodies around them to release this process.
The SocialMyna chicks all flocked together the other day to discuss new clients’ needs, and there was enough (creative) energy in there to power the National Grid. As a home worker that is also part of a team it is necessary to be a good team player when needed, but self discipline is a must too. You have to be able to focus on the job in hand, rather than get distracted by the T.V or your favourite song that just has to be played at stadium concert level decibels. For the majority of the time you will be working independently so you’ve got to be comfortable by yourself; as an only child I have absolutely no problem with this.
Working from home also seems to instil a nomadic approach or ability to tackling tasks, a “Martini” mindset if you will; anytime, anyplace, anywhere. This is particularly handy if your boss drops a request with a fairly immediate deadline on you just as you’re about to leave home. I left for the school run with notebook in hand saying to myself “I can do 15 minutes work whilst I wait”. As I mentioned earlier though, this very flexibility is a huge plus point for working from home.
Talking of flexibility within the working day, I often go to the gym after dropping my girl at school. As I’m channelling my inner “Pammie as CJ in Baywatch running down the beach” on the treadmill (although the reality is more Nellie the Elephant trundling off to the circus) I get a lot of random thoughts churning around that transpire into some really useful concepts for our clients. I honestly do think that this very lack of rigidity in my working life increases my productivity enormously.
Another thing to love about home working is the fact there’s no uniform to worry about either. Not got around to tackling the ironing pile, or simply want to wear your onesie? No problem, you can rock whatever look you want! No fashion police to deal with and you can dodge all the office politics too; happy days!
Traffic jams, road works and delays on public transport seem like a foreign language to home workers. Our commute consists of a trip downstairs into the home office, a matter of mere seconds. This, however, is a double edged sword. Yes it is undeniably convenient but this non-separation of home and workplace can be hard for those who find it difficult to draw a line under their work day. It is easy to let work creep into your social/family time as you think of an idea and fire off an email to the boss. Personally, I play a song that signals the beginning of “me” time to reset my head and bring the work day to an end.
In conclusion, I think there’s lot to celebrate about home working. Happy work from home week to you all