I Work Entirely from Home
So this past week, I left home for a total of 5 hours.
That means I spent about 2% of my time outside of my house.
This is mostly due to the fact that I recently changed jobs and my current situation affords me the opportunity to work remotely constantly. To many people, that may sound like an amazing thing, but these kinds of tech jobs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
So, yeah, I work in tech. Specifically, software engineering. If you work on a team of one or two like I do, you end up working in a "silo" and don’t really have other people that you’re working alongside.
Not to mention that if I wanted to talk to someone about my work or if I wanted to use work as a conversation starter, there’s only a small subset of those who are inclined to chit-chat about the tech side of the world
Not only am I sitting in the same spot on the same machine for a large amount of time, but I was immediately going to be stripped of most of the conversations I normally experienced.
Even to someone who is introverted, this gets to be too much.
One night I went to Walmart at 11PM just because, well, I was stir crazy.
Sure, getting to work from home can be a great thing, but too much of any good thing is always a bad thing. A commute-free day sounds great, until you realize how much of the rhythm of commuting is what gives our lives structure.
I'm not alone in thinking this. I'm sure you've noticed the workspaces popping up all over the place where independent tech workers opt to rent a common workspace.
These keep popping up more and more as us tech people require an office to go into and to have people that we can talk to once we get there. Otherwise, I’m fairly certain we would go mad.
Which raises a question: What makes our work enjoyable?
Part of it is the nature of our job, clearly, but it seems like part of it is our how our job places us in a space where we can build relationships. So if you're struggling to enjoy your job, consider how relationships play into that. Do you need to simply go the extra mile to build some new connections?
At the same time, maybe not. Perhaps you're not suited to be in relationship with those you work closely with--and maybe that's a cue that there's something better out there for you.
Just some thoughts from a guy who works entirely at home.