Why Working from Home Matters and Why I’m Writing about It.
Welcome to Double Fourteen! The name is a legacy from an old blog I had, and the numbers are meaningless. If you want to make up a good story for me, be my guest.
Today I’m re-starting this blog to talk about how working from home has worked for me over the past seven years. COVID-19 has forced millions of people worldwide to abandon their workplaces and quickly adopt remote work technologies and alternate communications software from their kitchen tables.
Because of the strange circumstances, many new work-from-homers find themselves conducting business with roommates, partners, children, and others family members in close proximity.
Unlike folks who have had to learn how to adapt to this brave new world on the fly, I’ve been working from home since 2012, and since early 2019, I’ve been doing so with a baby. On some days of the week I have grandparent support, and other days the baby and I are at home just the two of us. Since mid-March, my husband, baby, and I have all been working from home, and we’re currently social distancing from our other family members to protect our large extended family.
While working from home can be hard – and working from home with a baby is harder – I’m so thankful to have been able to work from home for the past seven years. I believe that my work circumstances have made me a happier, healthier, and more self-motivated person. Working from home isn’t right for everyone: but it’s definitely right for me.
Before becoming a mom, I knew that I would not been personally fulfilled unless I had a career that was separate from my work as a mom (and foregoing an income was not a financial possibility for me). But after becoming a mom, I found that I wanted to pursue a more unusual strategy for (the mythical) “work-life balance.” Continuing to work from home, without full-time childcare, is the approach that works best for me. While I don’t think that all parents need to or should feel obligated to work from home, I do believe that allowing employees to work from home when possible is a major step toward promoting gender equality, to valuing health and happiness over the bottomline, and to promoting lifestyles that can slow climate change.
Since COVID-19 has rushed many new people into WTF situations, my husband and I have been asked by multiple friends for our advice on working from home, especially with a baby around. I’ll be using this blog to talk about what I’ve learned, what I’m still learning and to advocate for corporate work-from-home policies that are feminist, pro-environment, and pro-happiness.
Finally, not everyone can or wants to work from home. I know that many types of work require physical presence and work-from-home jobs are often a privilege. I also know that plenty of people have no desire to work from home. If that’s the case for you, feel free to close this page and never return!
A homemade standing desk