My working mom dream

by Ginger on January 7, 2010

in The 9-5, Working Mom

I worked from home today. The kid had his 4 month check up, and that includes vaccines. Last time he got his shots, he wanted to spend all day nursing, plus we watch him to make sure he has no adverse effects from the shots, so working from home made the most sense. It was wonderful.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but this would be my ideal work/mom situation, this working from home.  It would be hard (trust me, I’m watching my husband try it, I have other family that has done it, I know it’s not easy), but I think it would make me so much happier. No time lost to the commute, no guilt over missing the kid growing up, and the ability to work at my own pace. Ahhhh, dreamy.

Unfortunately, I think it would only work with an extremely flexible approach to when work got done–there’s no 8-5 regularity when you’ve got the kid too–that my company does not have. They would not be ok with me working 7-9, and then 11-12:30, and then 2-4:30, and then 5-6:15, or whatever random schedule the kid gave me. Plus, my company firmly believes in face time and in appearances of productivity based on hours worked. My company also firmly subscribes to the “other people in the company can’t do that, so you can’t do that” mentality (this applies to everything from telecommuting, to time off, to benefits). So this is a complete and utter pipe dream in my current world.

Someday, I think telecommuting will be more accepted across more industries. Companies will realize that productivity isn’t always tied to the chair in a cubicle.* They’ll realize that people can work just as hard (or harder) if they aren’t in the office. Until then, I can continue to dream of my ideal balance of work and mommyhood, and relish the days like today when I do get to work from home.

*Case in point–I’m always crazy productive when I work at home. I think because I don’t have the distractions of office life around me (people popping in my cube every few minutes, impromptu hallway meetings, someone flagging you down for work because they saw you, etc.). Also, I think I’m always so aware of the perception of slackitude that comes with working from home that I make it a point to be super productive.

Lisa January 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I agree, I am way more productive at home. The amount of interruptions in the office is ridiculous! Plus, it’s just comfortable. I work better at home in my PJs.

I do think telecommuting will become more popular. Companies are so concerned with being green now, and it will probably help cut down on costs (less offices to maintain, heat and cool, etc.)

I had a co-worker that worked from home part time and she said it worked great for her schedule. When the baby wouldn’t sleep at 2am, she could work. Worked much better than being up at 2am with wide awake baby and then turning around and going to work the next morning.

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