When I was offered the opportunity to work from home one day a week I initially thought it wasn’t for me. Eight hours is a long time to fill in at home by yourself and being used to a busy office environment I wasn’t sure that I would like it.
Well, here I am, at home writing this on my ‘working from home’ day this week. I have been doing this for a couple of months now and love it. I chose Wednesday as my ‘at home’ day as it seemed to be the day I didn’t have meetings in the office and it was a great way to break up the week.
Each week I keep certain jobs aside to complete when I am at home – things that require quiet time with no interruptions. With a remote connection to our servers I can access any files that I need. It is amazing how much can be achieved in eight hours when you can put your head down and go for it.
On the work/life balance side of things, following the February quake my quick 15 minute trip to work in the city has turned into a 35-40 minute trek each way to Hornby. By saving this travel time on Wednesdays I can start work at the time I normally leave home and use what would normally be travel time for an enjoyable hour-long walk at lunch time – or a coffee with a friend. This helps break up the day by myself at home.
I guess I am lucky that having one day a week is achievable in my role – it wouldn’t suit all roles. And to be honest, one day a week is enough for me – I look forward to the company of my colleagues the next day. So if you are given the opportunity, give it a go and see if it works for you.