As a new mom, working from home has been a lifesaver. I think it’s the only thing that has allowed me to keep it all together. It has helped me create more work-life balance and because of it I am a happier, more productive employee. Now, I only work from home one day a week…but I cherish that day. I love that day. For me, working from home makes me a more diligent and loyal employee. I am the first person at my work to be allowed this option….and it was tough getting them to say yes. But now that I do get to work from home I am super motivated to make things work and prove myself. Some of the arguments for not allowing people to work from home are that less work gets done. Which I totally understand…but that is SO not the case for me! I frequently get more things accomplished from home than I do in the office. I have fewer distractions at home. When I’m in the office I chat with my co-workers or get interrupted constantly by walk in appointments and my phone ringing. But at home it’s much easier to concentrate. Now that Hudson is a little bit older and starting to be able to play on his own I can devote more time to working. As long as I’m sitting next to him with my laptop he’s happy as can be to play with his toys or bounce in his jumper. Plus, I don’t have to “get ready” for work and pack all of our bags up for the day and instead can work during that time.
Did you all hear the news about Yahoo ending it’s work from home policy? It just makes me so sad to think about it. I understand that CEO Marissa Mayer wants to shake things up a bit….and that there might not be enough accountability from those who work from home at Yahoo…but still. I’m worried that this could have repercussions with other employers, and that the hard work of so many moms who work from home will come in to question. It also saddens me because the CEO is a mom herself. I would think that she would be more sympathetic towards working moms….it’s tough enough to raise a baby, let alone have to work too! And I expect more from Yahoo…they are a technology company after all.
Can you blame me for wanting to stare at this face all day?
I think that companies who offer a work from home option not only prove to their employees that they trust them, value their work, and value their personal life, but also they have a competitive edge. What do you think? Does your company allow employees to work from home? Are you a work at home mama? How do you find work-life balance?