Why Remote Work Means Clean Towels and No Spiders
“Do you have any experience working remotely?” Last week during an interview, the hiring manager asked me that question. The audacity!
Ask me if I like crocs, if my toe is better after bumping into the table, what I think about staplers. Alas, the poor ignorant had made a mistake and had to suffer. “I have always worked remotely.” His face changed more colors than the fancy pen with four different inks.
A moment passed. Nothing uncommon and surprising happened. Then the hiring manager laughed. “What? Have you never worked from the office?” “No.” “So, forever remote?” Now he smiled (or smirked — I can’t say because the internet connection took a pee break).
7 Reasons I Loooooove Remote Working
“So, why remote work? Working from the office is great. You meet people and get work done quicker. Makes work less boring, you see.”
Boy, could I see! Not the point that he was making, though. There was the reflection of his whiteboard on my screen with many numbers written on it. Poor penmanship, however. And other humans were running around looking for something or away from a mouse, for all I know!
He took a sip of water. Thought something. I’m hoping he wasn’t counting his punishment hours for asking that question. But it’s okay. I’m usually nice 😉
1. Because I like clean towels and bathrooms.
Working from home makes it easier to get the laundry done. As a child of working parents, I understand how difficult it is for them to manage work and family. So to help with chores, I ensure the laundry gets done, and everyone comes home to clean towels. My breaks allow me to do that instead of talking about the new fling in finance at the water cooler.
Where do you find clean towels? In your bathroom.
Is the one at work clean? Have you never hovered over the toilet or decided to hold it in because some adults don’t like to flush?
2. No more snogging sweaty pits.
If you have been on public transport, you know this one. Instead of teasing your beloved or reading a book, you’re bumping into strangers’. And at my height, it’s almost always the armpits. Sweaty, stinky, forehead-wrinkling, nose-crinkling armpits.
Sweating is a natural phenomenon. But bumping into strangers’ sweaty pits is not my idea of excitement. I’d rather be at home and sit in my sweatpants and a sweaty t-shirt than sniff a stranger!
3. Joey doesn’t share food. Nor do I share my stapler.
Before you raise your eyebrows, think about the last time your colleague (or a possum/bunny/ghost) borrowed your stationery. Working remotely means my pens, pencils, erasers, glue stick, stapler, notebook, highlighter, machete, and Hello Kitty doll remain on my desk.
Don’t get me wrong. I like to share things and food. But I’d also like the borrowed items to be returned so I can find them when I need them.
4. Things that I’m not proud of.
I’m human. I make mistakes. And I do things that I’m not proud of. Such as getting rid of mosquitoes, spiders, and cockroaches.
While I like animals, I prefer them not to intrude into my habitat. Not ending up on my pillow, under the bed, or on the wall. But they sometimes forget and pay the ultimate price.
Before they bite me and I scratch myself raw, the trespassers are gently let out into the open (they travel in the newspaper from my room to the world outside). Or they end up in the bin.
Working from my home ensures that my family doesn’t have to deal with unwanted guests.
5. Get more work done.
When I’m away from home, I worry if I left the windows open and if a dinosaur will enter and eat my ice creams. And what about the sudden rain drenching all the clothes I put out to dry in the Sun? Worrying takes time. It takes a lot of time.
Remote working helps me save time commuting, getting dressed, and worrying. I can check the windows and clothes, clean while thinking about work, and not spend long getting dressed. A shirt takes under a minute to put on — the most you can see on a video call. I ultimately end up getting more work done when I’m home.
While many people like going out to their office to work, I prefer to stay at home and work from my desk. Or the sofa. The kitchen, too, at times. And the balcony.
6. People from 6 continents become friends.
Working with colleagues across the globe helps me make new friends. New friends = new ideas.
Have you worked with people from the USA, Nigeria, South Africa, France, the UK, Serbia, Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, and Brazil? Well, I have.
Everyone brought new ideas (along with pets). I like people, and working with international teams makes the experience richer. All of us are on the same call — one having morning coffee, another looking relaxed after putting their kid to sleep at night.
7. Ex-or-cise. Food. Sun.
I like exercising, taking in the early Sun, and eating meals while they’re still hot. What’s the point in eating cold chicken as it travels from your home to the office? It doesn’t feel anything now. It’s cold (also, dead). Like your heart after running to catch the train and missing it, only to wait 5 more minutes and get squeezed between strangers.
Working from home allows me to look after my health and smile more. I can read a book on a break and hastily scribble an idea as it pops into my head. Thank you for the inspiration, book/video/music/gossiping neighbor.
PS — This post in no way undermines the work done in an office. My family members work on-site too. It’s for those who work from home and don’t mind nosy neighbors interested in everyone’s business. 😆
Where do you like to work from when you’re home? “I work from the bathroom” would be interesting, right?