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5 signs you would hate working from home... Article

Posted by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM
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5 Signs You'd Hate Working From Home
By Taylor Dupuy
Monster Contributing Writer

Is making the switch from working at an office to working from home just swapping out one list of cons in exchange for another? Or, is it really as empowering as you might think? As more companies and employees opt for telecommuting, the question is no longer about whether or not telecommuting is a viable work option, but rather, is it a good fit for each individual?

Some signs point to no. Here are 5 signs you'd hate working from home.

You Have Work FOMO

The fear of missing out, also known as FOMO, is very real, and can arise when you're physically separated from your workplace and co-workers. Feeling out of the loop can also affect your quality of work and chip away at your motivation and engagement.

"What's going on at the company? You have no idea. You're at home," says Jean Marie Davis, marketer for a telecommunications company that provides equipment for telecommuters. "If you're uncomfortable with the idea that the company is moving without you, then telecommuting may not be best."

You Crave Social Interaction

Working from home often means working alone, and if you thrive in social settings, it could do more to inhibit your work than to help it.

"When someone thrives on interactions with other people, switching to a work environment where there isn't anyone to talk to can be incredibly difficult," says Thursday Bram, a freelance business writer. "The folks who need regular breaks at the water cooler or in the kitchen, where they can specifically talk to other people, tend to have a harder adjustment to working from home."

You're Easily Distracted

Working from home comes with its luxuries, but those same luxuries can turn into work distractions.

"The office is the office and it's clear what needs to get done: work," says Davis. "If you're at home, that line can be blurred and distractions can creep in in the form of dog walks, personal phone calls, daytime deliveries and children. If you're working from home, make sure that you designate a specific space for the office."

You're Not a Self-Starter

Working from home means you need to be able to assess your tasks and deadlines and determine the next appropriate steps to take without someone one telling you what and when to do it.

"Working from home is not for those who can't quickly and correctly answer the question, ‘what's the most important thing I need to be working on, given the priorities right now,'" says Scott Reyns, a voice actor who works from his home studio.

You Lack Work-Life Boundaries

Without the structure of set work hours, it can be easy to get swept up in your work, blurring the lines between work and life.

"When you work from an office it's clear when the day is over. When working from home, you're 100% responsible for maintaining your calendar and time ‘at work,'" says Davis. "Overworking is actually a bigger problem than under-performing so it's important to set timers, and clock your hours diligently."
So....Work at home mommies, do any of these fit you?
by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM
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by Platinum Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM
Bump. If I did over working would probably be my issue
by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM
I am easily distracted. I'll be looking up a city or street name in Google Maps and 10 minutes later I'm on Facebook. I also over work most weeks.
by Group Admin on Nov. 27, 2013 at 6:49 PM

This article explains why working from home is PERFECT for me :-D

I don't crave social interaction, nor do I feel left out

I'm not easily distracted

I'm great at being a 'self-starter' and staying on track

After 6 years working from home full time I have the work-life balance down pretty darn well.

by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I have it down. I have been doing it for 3 years. 

During holiday weeks, I am more distracted than others, but it would be the same in the office. 

by Bronze Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
all those signs are exactly why I have not been interested in wfh on a regular basis. I do like having the option when I need to though.
by Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM
Life work balance is every wah persons issue. My hubby still bugs me during the say while I work and home school.
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by Platinum Member on Nov. 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Oh, yea, I am running into a lot of those, all except not being a self-starter. 

by Leah on Nov. 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I used to think I would miss the social interaction, the missing out, all that, but with all the drama and bs that's been going on at work lately, I think I would LOVE to work from home

by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

i hate working from home! someday, if i had my own office and my kids were old enough to not rush in my room and beg for attention every 20 minutes, i'm sure i'd change my mind. as it is, i can't multitask that many responsibilities at once.

by Jennifer on Nov. 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I like a firm separation of my home life and my work life. I'd hate working from home.

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