Reasons For Working From Home

Passion Or Just A Job? Working From Home For The RIGHT Reasons

‘Does your boss even know you’re working? Can you not just take a longer lunch!?!’

Heard that? Work from home? It’s a classic line all home workers hear from friends/family on a REGULAR occasion. No exaggeration I have it every time I see friends. Am I annoyed? I’m growing to be over it now as I have my response ready, ammunition almost. My answer;

‘I’m passionate about my work, what the hell would I gain from that?’

Still most people don’t understand my response but why would they? I mean there’s a large proportion of the world who hate their job (Forbes actually did a study to suggest 70% of people hate their job) so understanding someone who is dedicated to their role is hard to fathom. But this is just it really and the answer to the question which was first asked. Working from home takes a certain type of person, a breed of individual who can work within home conditions and still achieve business outputs. Someone whose productivity is not compromised by Sky Sports or reading a magazine in the garden while your boss frantically Skype’s the crap out of you. Jokes aside, you may want to work from home but are you really cut out for this lifestyle? Run these questions through in your head.

Are you passionate about what you do?
Does your work give you real satisfaction?
Do you have the ambition to progress in the organisation you are part of?

Most of all………………..

Do you LOVE what you do?!?

GO on…..Ask yourself these questions. Once you’ve done that ask yourself the following questions;

Does your work annoy the crap out of you?
Do you find your job mind numbing and less exciting than a game of tiddlywinks?
Is working from home an ends to a means?
Are you SUDDENLY going to be passionate if you work from home?

So which one was it? Are you the passionate, inspired type or are you the guy who just wants his shift to be over so he can down a pint of Stella? Are you cut out for home working? Let me answer that for you with who SHOULD work from home and who SHOULDN’T.

Who should work from home:

: Those with passion for the role they are involved with
: If you believe in the company’s strategy and want to contribute to its success
: Self learners, motivated, inspired people
: Career focused, goal orientated high achievers

Who SHOULDNT work from home:

: Those who see their role as just a ‘job’.
: Not particularly arsed if the company achieves or fails
: Really hates going into the office and see’s working from home as an escape
: No career focus; lives for the weekend and the weekend only
: Does what’s required at work and doesn’t innovate

Passion vs Job:

Ultimately the decision for whether working from home is for you comes down to whether your role is a passion or just a job. Working from home gives you the platform to either make or break your employment. It gives those passionate a tremendous opportunity to utilise the extra time you have to self learn and progress. At the same time it gives you an opportunity to take the piss out of the chance you have been provided.

Making the assessment as to whether working from home is for you should come down to whether you see your role as a career or just a ‘job’. The check list above should give you a clear inclination as to where you stand. As I said in my convincing the boss to let you work from home post, it has to be right for both the organisation and the individual.

Working from home is not an ends to a means it’s a lifestyle choice. If you see it as a route to escape the frustrations of the office then I suggest you get yourself a new job as you’ll still have the same frustrations just with no one to vent your anger to. The role will grind you down faster and your mood won’t change.

Those career minded, passionate individuals I strongly suggest you look into all possibilities of home working. The world is indeed your oyster when you work from home and it’s the best decision you will ever make. If you are one of those people then what are you waiting for? Get that proposal written.

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About the author

Ryan Gibson

Hey! I'm a 28 year old digital marketing guy residing in Leeds, England. My skill is in search marketing and I have gathered over 6 years experience of working on large multilingual campaigns for a number of FTSE 250 Organisations. After accepting a role with a business based in Singapore I began questioning traditional business practice and employee retention. This blog GenerationY.com was therefore born with focus on Y in the workplace. A millennial child at heart I aim to provide a voice for the 'misunderstood' generation and my goal is simply to change perception and corporate mind set on work/life attitudes; inspiring companies and individuals to seek change.

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