Liv Hambrett

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Opinion

When you work from home, people will assume …

– You don’t do anything.

– You’re always available for a chat/cup of tea/favour.

– You are always sleeping.

– You don’t ‘know what it’s like’ to work full time.

– You have loads of free time.

– You don’t ‘really work’.

3 Comments

  1. Steve

    11 March, 2010 at 12:29 am

    You pretty much hit the nail on the head.

    I find I’m not always taken seriously and I’m considered lazy for not living the 9 to 5. Most full-timers are incapable of understanding how difficult it is having to manage yourself in your own home office.

    I’ve worked harder and longer hours and almost given up on having a normal life/work balance since I’ve been working from home, but all people ever assume is that you get to sleep in more!
    Add to that the freelance way of life where “job security” is a hilarious concept and you’ve got a pretty stressful existence.

    I can sum it up with the words of the late Rodney Dangerfield, “I get no respect!”

  2. faithh

    11 March, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Yes! Yes! Yes! And god help you if you are any sort of artist. 😉

    The other thing is if they catch you having a coffee at a local cafe people comment on your “nice definition of work”. I worked years in offices and I know how often we sat around drinking coffee, both in the office and at cafes and also how much work actually does get done in this apparent down time! The really creative problem-solving knowledge-sharing stuff.

    But no, apparently only people working from home are slack enough to do this now. 😉

  3. Alice

    11 March, 2010 at 6:27 am

    In a word: yes.

    But then, in my more self-loathing moments, I tend to agree with them!

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