Please Don’t Make Me Work From Home

I know that with Coronavirus being still a big issue and concern, going into work is not an option for most people at this time, so those who can are working from home, and I’d imagine that by now, everyone has adapted to this the best they can.

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. meme.

So there’s a chance that when workplaces and office buildings do open up again, people will opt to not go back and instead continue working from home. And there’s a chance companies will encourage this going forward so they don’t have to pay for office space or utilities or coffee.

As someone who is currently job hunting and has many, many years of being in the workforce ahead of her, this concerns me. I don’t want to work from home. I think that if this becomes the norm, it will be detrimental to people’s careers and health and just the way companies function.

maybe this is a bad ide gif.

Let’s say I got a job tomorrow at a company that has decided to solely employ people remotely. This means all my interactions with coworkers would be over the computer/phone (which is a whole problem in itself as some people are really not computer literate and should not be conducting professional business this way), and because of this, there would be little to no room for anything other than pure work. No longer would I ask my coworker how their weekend was as we wait for the kettle to boil in the breakroom. It would be so much harder to form bonds, and the lack of these bonds could mean that I have less quality connections, which is critical when Who You Know is always a valuable thing in life. And with coworker interaction down severely, what have I got left? I live with my parents currently and I have a very small handful of friends I talk to with some regularity, so I guess I’d still talk to people during the day, but imagine if I didn’t, as I’m sure some people do. I think the lack of human interaction could lead to some mental health issues, as we’ve even seen happen during this pandemic. I want to be able to get out of the house and go to a place to work. I want to be able to separate myself like that. I want to be able to connect and grow and learn from my environment.

My best friend’s dad is close to retirement, and I was talking to him the other week about this. He set up an office in his garage when COVID hit and likes it, but he totally empathizes with me as a young person facing this. He told me that there’s a young girl who he works with and, when they did work in person, he would try to ensure she sat in on meetings and learned from his experience. He said she’d was able to hear most of his phone calls and he knows she picked up so much from that. But now that they’re apart, he can’t do that, and he despises how communication now is limited to a lot of messaging.

This Ain't It gif.

I know working from home is ideal for a lot of people like those with kids at home or those with physical limitations or those who don’t live near their work, and I am not at all saying that they should be forced to go to into a workplace. I totally think companies should try to be flexible in those cases. My point is more about the workforce in general. My field is marketing and communications, and yes, it is stuff that could realistically be done from home on my own, but I really hope I don’t have to do that.

Of course, I don’t mean to sound like a choosing beggar. A job is a job, and I am adaptable. But as I said, as a young person, I can’t help but be a little worried for my future and the future of my peers regarding careers. There are a lot of changes that could and should come from this pandemic but everyone working from home always is not one, in my opinion.

People working from home now, what’s the vibe like? Are you more or less productive? Are you itching to get back to the office?



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8 thoughts on “Please Don’t Make Me Work From Home

  1. I am one of those who literally cannot work from home, because, as a janitor, my job is to go to the workplace and clean it up. I work at a big campus, which has several satellite campuses, and there are a bunch of us on the job. They had to scrape the bottom of the barrel and beyond, and get entirely new barrel to scrape the bottom of, in order to keep us busy and employed these last few months. But the kitchen staff haven’t been able to come back in yet at all.

    So, why do I not want working from home to become the new normal? Because we lose something, as humans; because the shutdowns (and everything else) are, in my opinion, so much bull; and because my job, and the jobs of many others, depend on people literally coming in to work.

    • This is a very good point! So many people would inadvertently effected if people chose to all work at home.
      It’s good that you at least still got to do something during the crisis. I hope things clear up soon and your important job can go back to normal.

  2. I’ve been working from home for three months and I love it. But I totally get your concern, and I fear it will become my concern as the news job I currently hold becomes obsolete and disappears, leaving me somewhere between 38 and 40 and trying to start over.

  3. I think there are positives and negatives to working from home. For me personally, I can’t wait to go back to the office. I feel like my work is my home and it sometimes gives me extra anxiety that I don’t want. I feel if you’re a parent, working from home may be easier? I think it’s situational. I would like the option of working from home if I want to, but i do prefer the office.

  4. As a parent, I can tell you with complete certainty working from home when your children are also home is an absolute nightmare. Tons of parents were begging industries to restart and their offices to open, because trying to attend meetings/finish tasks/communicate with clients virtually, with children around, was literally impossible, and nervewracking. The kids weren’t doing their remote schoolwork (or at least not for very long), they got bored and grouchy, and wouldn’t leave parents, or other family members alone, making the whole environment incredibly hostile for working. Once I was in a Zoom staff meeting when my kindergartner started throwing a tantrum, and all my coworkers could hear him in the background. Neither my spouse (who’s a crappy parent anyway) or my oldest son could calm him down, so I had to leave the meeting and deal with the situation. It was embarrassing. I got hardly any writing done, either, and had to push back the planned release date of my next novel (from probably this summer to hopefully before 2022).

    Since returning to my library job, I actually have a chance to learn some of the new technology we implemented during quarantine (which I was supposed to be training on at home, but that couldn’t happen due to my home situation). And it’s looking good for schools reopening in my area, so I might be able to get my new book formatted this fall, after all. But I also need to be around my coworkers, other working moms who get the life-school-family-job balance. There are a million reasons that aiming for people not being around each other for more than a short period just doesn’t pan out.

    • Exactly! I’m sorry your pandemic time hasn’t been the best, but at y’all are safe and healthy. I hope companies can understand that there’s a large percentage of people who want to go into work and resume that once things open up again.

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