Apparently, I'm the only one on my entire team (which is made up of 7 people, including my boss) that didn't take part in the program.
As many of you know, I currently work a 'Compressed Work Week' which allows me to have every other Monday off. I basically have to be in the office for 9 hours a day, working 8 of those hours, with one required 15 minute break, and one required 45 minute lunch. Working through your lunch in order to leave an hour early is unacceptable. If you look it up in our department guidelines, that's how the policy is written out, but naturally, that's not necessarily the reality. Thankfully, my boss is super cool and doesn't watch my every move with a stop watch in hand. He totally trusts me and knows that I'm going to get my job done without having to babysit me - which is SO great.
Anyway - if I were to take part in the work at home program, my work at home day would automatically be Monday, which means that I'd never physically be in the office on a Monday. Some Mondays I'd be at home working and other Mondays I'd have completely off. Some people here think that I'm crazy for not doing it, but I'm still very much on the fence about it.
I hear endless stories of people who work from home saying that they get SO much more done at home, because they aren't distracted, no ones bothering them, there's no noise, blah, blah, blah. However, I feel exactly the opposite way. When I'm at work, I'm here to work. Sure, there's the occasional distraction (loud co-workers, people stopping by to chat, etc...) but I could list about 100 things that would distract me at home if I were trying to work.
First of all, if I were on my own PC at home, Id have access to each and every website I could ever want to visit during the day (get your minds out of the gutter, I'm talking about Facebook, YouTube, and the like)
Second, I'd have to constantly fight the urge to watch daytime TV (Ellen, The Food Network, etc...)
Third, I'd have to lock the cabinets and refrigerator in order to keep myself from 'grazing' all day long,
And most of all:
photo by Barrie :-)