When my maternity leave came to an end last year, it was time to reflect on what I wanted my working life to look like now that I was a mom. Together with my manager, I decided to start working four days a week, two of those days from home. This arrangement was great and I am so grateful for the flexibility, so that on the days I work from home I can also dedicate time to my son. I am back to working full time now but still feel that I am not missing much of his life since I work from home the majority of the week.
Remember that time when you went to work all dressed up and looking fab? That time when you took a shower in the morning before work, blow-dried your hair, tweaked your hair a bit more with the straightener, put on some make-up, had breakfast and left for the office. High heels, awesome dress with pencil skirt, prepared and ready to rock the day.
There has been quite a lot written online about the lady that had to dump 500oz of breast milk at Heathrow Airport because she wanted to bring it in her carry-on (If you haven´t heard about it yet, check this article on BBC). When I first read about I didn´t realise how much 500oz exactly is but after a quick converter I saw it was almost 15 liters. 15 freaking liters of breast milk! Dumped in the trash! That´s a whole lot of pumping.
So this week I am not working but I am away from home the whole week. My manager sent me to this course at our corporate university which is called Leading Self or know yourself. We only started yesterday and the content of this course is pretty intensive and gives food for a looot of thought but actually it also feels like a little holiday full of me-time at an amazing place!
Just some examples:
• Last night after dinner I have been catching-up in bed on Grey´s Anatomy
• I took a bath and did some reading, an actual long foamy bath! Can´t reminder when was the last time….
• Long uninterrupted showers are the norm here, with body lotion after each shower (that´s at least 3 bonus points)
Working from home is not a very common concept in lovely Spain. I could write a book about the office culture of “if-you-are-not-visible-behind-your-desk-in-the-office-you-are-not-working” but let´s just say that they still have a long way to go before flex working can really get a chance here. Part of this is due to the fact th
at a lot of people get more evaluated on hours than on output, however another big part is also because “we” remote workers screw it up for ourselves and therefore the concept of “working from home” is more seen like a joke and definitely not as real working. Some people use working from home if their child is sick or if they don´t have a sitter and on these kind of days obviously not too much gets done.