So- the work at home dynamic…
What are you supposed to wear when you work from home, yet have to appear on video calls?
My husband has been wearing t shirts, mainly vacation souvenirs sighting Carlsbad Caverns or Acadia or Utah Rocks. My daughter (who usually does her hair and adds a little mascara before class) and I urge him to wear a polo. Does it matter what you wear when you work from home? I think you need to be professional, and perhaps in the age of people being offended by anyone, you need to be neutral…Maybe someone didn’t rock in Utah…
What about meals? Do you eat your breakfast or lunch while you are on a video call?
But clothing and food aside, working from home has it’s pros and cons. My husband likes waking up six minutes before his first meeting, and commuting the twelve feet to the coffee table.
But what about boundaries?
My husband deals with many international colleagues from his firm. There’s been many a night where he has been on a 10pm call with Japan or India or Australia. But those are planned, and he knows well in advance when these calls will take place. Unless it’s a quarter end, he doesn’t work on weekends, or receive calls or emails before 730 am, or after 7pm.
Now, this wall has crumbled.
Working from home seems to have translated to working 24/7.
He got a call the other day at 730am. Non essential. He got a call last night at 730pm. Non essential.
I know many of you will say “Ignore them.” Except he got a call last week because someone in his department didn’t respond to a 730pm call. And then my Husband got involved. Ignore sounds like a great option, except when you know that other members of your team will be called. It’s just easier to answer the call…
Many people are suggesting that we will never go back to “normal”, that many people will work from home.
I think this is a big mistake.
While it’s cute now that someone’s dog or cat flashes across the screen, or you hear a baby crying in the background, I don’t think everyone working from home is a good option. I was talking to a friend recently who has an essential, must work in a worksite job. He is a total family guy, so I was surprised when he stated that he would hate working from home. His rationale was that the two entities need to be separate, because it is really easy for work to consume you when your office is off your living room. Or, in our case, in our living room.
While I understand and appreciate that working from home is a good gig for many, I don’t think it should be the rule. I think homes should be homes first. I think you should be able to literally and figuratively leave things behind at the office