An article on my daily feed from Summify.com sparked my attention: Why Are Web Workers Happier? I’m always mystified by “research” and “statistics”. Sure, some people take such jobs because it may be a last resort or all they can find, but a majority of web workers chose to take their jobs because they want to work from home.
One point was made about controlling your own time and the ability that affords you to juggle home and work responsibilities. I want to point out that not everyone who works from home has the luxury of picking their own hours. In fact, that can be quite dangerous. I have set hours, which is great for me because I work much better on a schedule. I will say that my luxury lies in the fact that I don’t spend an hour or two (round trip) in traffic each day, which makes working overtime when needed much easier and lets me sleep a little longer in the morning.
Another issue brought up was isolation. I don’t feel isolated at all! Aside from the fact that I prefer to work alone, I do have a “virtual office” by way of a popular instant messaging service. We are all available at any time, and our status shows what we are currently working on at all times. This is also a great accountability tool as is the report we submit daily detailing the work we accomplished, which is verifiable by a multitude of automatically generated reports through the programs we use. Why is everyone always so concerned with socialization vs. isolation?! Maybe if one didn’t have a choice, they might have an issue with it. When a person chooses to work alone from home, though, what business is it of anyone else’s to judge how socially well-adjusted someone is or is not? (Sound familiar to any homeschoolers?!)