For us corporate moms that work from home on a regular or less regular basis the concept working from home is quite clear. However, for many of our colleagues it seems to cause quite some misunderstandings about what we´re actually doing at home when we´re supposed to work.
So, dear colleagues, here is what working from home does not mean for me:
It does not mean that I don´t need childcare just because I am working from home.
I don´t know about your kids but with mine around I am not sure I could get anything done apart from during naptime. So yeah, I have childcare arranged both for the days that I come to the office and for the days that I work from home. Only for the latter it´s less hours that I need to cover since I safe the commute.
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It does not mean that I am binge watching Netflix all day.
Yes, the temptation to do other stuff but work might be bigger there but don´t you have that temptation right there in the office as well? For all you know I could also be Facebooking the entire day when I am in the office.
It does not mean that I am less productive because I am not in the office
In fact, I might actually be way more productive because I don´t have the distraction of people stopping by my desk to chat about the weekend or the coffee machine breaks. I can work uninterrupted in full concentration so I might actually finish the same work in less time.
It does not mean that if you hear my child on the background that I am unavailable
Yep, when working from home you have other background noise than in the office but even if you hear my child that doesn´t mean I am taking care of him. The child happens to also have a father who takes care of him when I am working. So yeah, back to point 1, if I am working I am not in charge of childcare.
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It does not mean that because I don´t spend the same amount of hours as you do in the office that I am less capable
I might be working the same amount of hours as you do, I might be working less taking into account that I am much more efficient and productive when working from home. But, both of us have some objectives we need to reach so I don´t think the hours we spend at work are the most relevant measurement here.
What it does mean is that I can save a long commute to work which I can spend to have breakfast and dinner with my kid instead and that I have the flexibility to take him to the doctors if that´s necessary without taking the whole day off. What it does also mean is that I can way better balance my work with my family life. So please don´t judge the corporate moms for being less of an employee because they don’t appear in the office every day, they are actually doing a great job in both places: at home and in the office.