|Does working from home provide you extra freedom?|
Maybe, for now, yes, but forever? I don't know.
For me right now I have the golden ticket for our family. Part time (decent) work that provides flexibility to work in the office or at home depending what is happening everywhere else.
It's a give and take situation, they give me the flexibility I need and in return, when I am asked if I can do a bit extra I do my best to ensure I can (like 7am meetings!)
But working from home isn't everything. It means you can see the clothes that need hanging out, the dishwasher may need unpacking and in school holiday times there are little people who need lunch and no matter how good they are behaving for the entire day, when the phone rings they are likely to call for you.
That's just parenting, working parenting, I can deal with that, and those days are few once the school year starts (thank you creche for never taking holidays).
What I miss is the lunch and the chatter.
Working in an office there is always a cafe (or hundred) to order lunch from and there are usually people to eat it with.
There is news of workmates and other projects, successes and failures. Sometimes there is boring office politics but I am pretty good at keeping out of that most days. There is also the sharing of work skills. If you can't get something to work maybe someone else knows another way or has a better idea.
But then again, you can't go to work with your slippers on or sneak back down to school to see an award being given at assembly.
Working from home can mean catching up with emails and reading at night when the kids are in bed to ensure you don't miss other things during the day.
For me, working from home is a great solution to many of the requirements we need, but I don't know if I will want it forever (perhaps I will). I do know that I will want the flexibility to do a bit of everything, work from home, work in the office and be flexible enough to meet the needs of my girls.
Is there ever the perfect happily ever after job? If you are a working parent are you a work at home fan or an office lover?