In the beginning of the micro computer revolution I worked as a consultant. One of the companies I worked for hired me full time to develop and maintain an in-house information system. When I was pounding code I insisted that I work at home, I had PCAnywhere installed and 9600 baud modems so I could usually handle any problems that might arise while I was not there.Evo said:It just makes so much more sense.
When my kids were small, if the school called because they were sick, I could be there in 5 minutes, take them home, get them settled in and within an hour, tops, be working again, with them in bed. Because I worked at home, I could make that hour up during the time I would normally be driving home.
If I worked at an office, I would have to take the rest of the day off. And if they were sick the next day, I'd have to take that day off too. And it would all be lost time.
There is so much that can be done online. I can video conferencing with co-workers. We can do web colaborations where we can all work on projects together, real time, sharing and manipulating documents online as if we were in a room together. Unless I need to physically touch another person, I can do anything remotely that I would do in an office.
The owner of the company insisted that I work at the office, which was a high stress environment. I refused. When he felt I was no longer indespensible he insisted, so I quit.
He was not happy when he had to pay me consultant fees whenever he had a problem.
I did train someone for him. I was also the one who kept insisting that the company would suffer if anything happened to me, since I was the only person who understood the system.
It all comes down to trust, even though I always delivered the product, and he was always happy with the results, he just couldn't trust me to work at home.
Oops did we just hijack this thread?