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    Would you rather work from home or in an office?

    created by ChristyFanco 1487 days 16 hours 18 minutes ago

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    Would you rather work from home or in an office?

    Hi CNET friends!

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend, here comes Monday...

    So I am currently unemployed since moving here to Florida to continue schooling, and while job searching, it had me thinking about working from home so that I can more free time to do my school work. However, I do like being in a work environment and meeting new people.

    Which do you prefer?

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    I would say at home, especially if you have children it would be more convenient and a plus no daycare spending or gas or anything like that.

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    Hey! I have had the opportunity to work from home and work in the office. Where I work, we are allowed one work from home day a week. I usually take mine on Thursdays. There are pros and cons to working from home, everyone thinks it is amazing until they start doing it and then they realize it is not as great as they initially thought it would be.

    On the positive side working from home gives you a lot more time. I don’t have to worry about my commute into work, getting ready for the office or coworkers coming by my desk just to chat. This provides me with more free time for myself, and more focus to get my work done. I also get to eat lunch at home, so I can prepare a healthier meal than what I would eat at work. Working from home also comes in handy when there is maintenance going on. Whenever my apartment needs something fixed I ask that the maintenance guys come on Thursdays, that way I am at home.

    On the negative side of working from home, it can get pretty boring sitting at home all day staring at a computer screen. I am very social and I enjoy talking to others, so the solitude makes my day really long. Also, there is a loss in collaboration with my coworkers. It can be hard to share ideas and information while I’m not in the office. I miss out on a lot of new information that is circulating.

    All in all, I enjoy my work from home day once a week. I don’t think I would take more than one though.

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    Can I have the best of both worlds?
    I'd love to work from home and also have the flexibility to go into the office....say for 1-2 days of the week.

    I first started working from home about 3 yrs ago....and I STRUGGLED!
    First few months were strange. I have to literally shower up, dress up and even wear shoes in order to get into the mindset of working....all this....while still at home!
    Once I crossed that hump, I couldn't care less!
    Gimme PJ's and flip-flops! :-)

    As Tastam mentioned, working from home can become very boring.
    Often times, I'd go to a (quiet) coffee shop that had WiFi...and work from there for 2-3 hrs/day.
    Then, I crossed that hump too!

    Now, I mainly work from home...and sometimes go into the office.
    While office is great for face-to-face meetings and general networking, I get A LOT MORE work done at home.
    While at home, people can't walk up to me and chat-away my time!
    Plus, I don't have to listen to annoying conference calls that others around me may be on.
    I feel my time is best utilized working from home.
    Besides, being at home gives me the flexibility to do other chores as well.

    So I would like to keep both options, but primarily work from home.

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    Hey Christy,

    I would love to work from home, but it would make me a bit passive. I've noticed that I am more productive when getting out of the house for a couple of hours (going to the library, Starbucks, or reading a couple chapters in the park) because I can get way too comfortable studying in bed. If I could work from home, my schedule would definitely be a little more flexible but the down side is that I wouldn't meet as many people as I do on a daily basis which I like doing. I've met so many great friends at my customer service job, even though it is hectic, I'd rather punch the clock and have some social interaction.

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    Christy,

    I don't think I could ever work from home. I have a hard enough time completing homework on time, or making the deadline for posts on CollegeNET (some nights I'll submit my last post just minutes before the dealine).

    So if I were to try and work from home? All of my distractions would become even more appealing. I don't think I'd ever get anything accomplished.



    I have a friend who works from home doing medical transcription. It makes sense because she has two daughters who are still too young to be looking after themselves, and her husband is often out of the country on business. So it would be difficult for her to be away from her girls in order to go to work.

    Sometimes I see her posting at 4am that she's so ready to go to sleep, but she's up against a deadline and has to stay up to get the work done. I just couldn't do that to myself.


    Plus I just really enjoy all of my coworkers. After three years working together, we've become like a little family. My boss is like a mother, there's another lady who's offered to be my aunt. And several of my other coworkers are close enough that they could be considered like siblings. We really are a tight little family.

    If I were working from home, I'd miss out on all that.

    People are really important to me, but I'm also an introvert. Working with people is just the right amount of interaction for me. But if I were working from home I would be so incredibly lonely. I just couldn't do it.



    I hope you're able to find a job you like soon,

    - Meg

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    I prefer working at home because it allows me the flexibility to multitask and take care of things around the house when necessary. It also means I do not have to be dressed and out of the house at an early hour. Additionally, I can travel and not take off from work.

    My current job is great for all of that. There is an office, close by to my home, but not many people work in that office. I am not required to work in the office full time and so I work most of the time from home. I do try though to go in at least a few times a week, even if only for a few minutes.

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    I rather work at home. My mom is a Registered Nurse who works at home and she is able to have a flexible schedule and save gas money.

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    Love the Topic Christy!!

    I actually work independently right now cleaning homes. This means I set my own schedules, build my own client list, & do the work (cleaning). I create my own advertisement & promote my self and my services.

    I love it, but this is more so part-time employment, that does not make ends meet, but just helps me "slide by a bit" with the minimum. So I too am looking for a new job & am really looking a lot into the jobs I can work from home...

    I am a single mother of two kids and with me taking a lot of my classes online from home, I have really became organized with this, not to mention fit my life to being able to do things like school and promote my work, from home :)

    I really enjoy interacting with others and working outside my home, but there's nothing better for a single mom, than being able to do things from home. Not to mention, working from home would allow me more time with my kids and allow me to work more, without sacrificing the time I have with my kids or things I have to do for them...

    GREAT Topic, really looking forward to hearing more responses on this and good luck to you all in all that you set out to accomplish and each election here :)

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    Office, I am not a big social lite but I think being home constantly would make me so unhappy.

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    I would LOVE to work from home. It is like a dream! Although I know people say it is hard because there is so much distraction at home. But I would be wiling to risk it:)
    Christy You said you are in Florida, so maybe you have never thought about the horror of winter. Waking up early in the morning to immediately get out of a nice warm bed and put on lots of clothes so I can shovel my driveway (for those of you warm weather dwellers who has never done this: it is unpleasant. Particularly so in the early morning!) Then scraping ice off your windshield and snow off the car. Driving to work in traffic and being afraid the whole way that you are going to spin out on ice or some crazy person is going to cause an accident.
    I enjoy winter: when I am inside. LOL Its beautiful.

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    If I had the choice between working at home or in an office I would deffinatly choose to work at home. It just sounds like the most amazing thing ever! I mean you get to work in your Pjs! You don't have to get ready and have everything right there with you. That would be a dream job :)

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    For me, I think I am/would be a better worker in an office setting. Maybe not exactly an office, but somewhere to work that isn't home.

    I see this is myself already as a student, I do my best and most efficient work when I am in a school setting. For example, I spend a lot of time in the studio, even when I'm not doing studio work, I'm doing other work related to school. Once I get home my mind switches to automatic eating/sleeping/relaxing mode, just because that is what I have established home to be for me, which isn't bad.

    It's just better for me to be doing work somewhere where my brain isn't programmed to understand it's time to relax, in a school related setting (Or work in some cases). Plus in a way there are less distractions (Not always....)

    - Maryham

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    If I were allowed to wear a tutu and goggles and anything else fun, surrounded by people whom knew that we could be more productive with creativity, positive thinking and generally enjoy each other, then hell yea, I would work there.

    I have working in an office setting here or there for the past eleven years now.

    It's all dust and drama.... a few times, when I was able to lead things I enjoyed the creative workspace that ensued, but, there was always some higher up, or business owner that was looking to label us, and wanted to tear down the laughter as it if threatened them personally- regardless of how well business was going.

    I will own my own business, helped my cousin and his wife start and run their business ten years ago, and it blew up.

    In the end, I want to create the world I want to live in, not drown in someone elses malcontent and bland rubric for life and adulthood.

    I want to live.

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    @ashamkhi - That's a good point! I forgot that you could actually save more money by working from home!

    @Tastam90 - I also feel like I would eat healthier when I'm at home than when I'm at work. When I was working in NYC, I never left my desk... I was constantly ordering food and eating away as a type. You're lucky to have that balance of working from home and at the office!

    @serenity789 - That sounds like heaven! I would love to have such flexibility to work from home and do chores and have a peace of mind or the option to work in a comfy coffee shop without all those conference calls and meetings. I could live with that!

    @LdyEricka23 - I agree, that's the only thing that would bother me if I worked from home. I would miss out on great conversations at work or meeting new people in the building. Networking has gotten me very far in life so I feel like it's really important to know a lot of people in the work place and get on a friendly level with them. However, I don't mind being in my pjs and typing away on my bed. :)

    @Maygan - Omg, haha... I am the same way. I get lost in reading some of the forums and then I look at the clock and realize it's almost the deadline and I haven't even started! I get into panic mode... that's what CNET does to me. I totally see what you mean about the distractions. I would probably be the one to get up every 5 minutes to look out the window and day dream or research unnecessary articles on the internet.

    @AZDICT - Hi and welcome to CNET! :) ... That's exactly what I would like -- a balance. I just want the "option" to come to work. That way on days that I feel like I need to be home to take care of things, I can do so. You're very lucky!

    @nurse101 - Welcome to CNET!!! ^_^ My mom is also a registered nurse and I envy her work schedule!

    @Nicole - Can I just say that I think that you're superwoman?

    @htorrens - I understand, mostly because I would be alone and bored.

    @falconmarie - Welcome to CNET, Marie! I actually was living in New York for 4 years! I hated the winter, hated it. I am so excited for winter in Florida! lol

    @Thu-Hien - Definitely a dream job to just wake up and grab your laptop and work...haha. It sounds like a miracle.

    @MaryHam - That's so true, when we are home we are mainly there to eat, sleep, and relax! So maybe I would get really lazy while doing my work. I would probably procrastinate the same way I do with my homework!

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    Christy, working from home always sounds like a great idea. Until you actually try it! I tried working from home and at first it sounded like a great idea. But man too many distractions. I prefer working outside of the home.

    I am currently under-employed. I am a substitute teacher in middle school and high school (though it has been about a month since I had a sub job) in two school districts and I am an adjunct professor. I get to teach tonight at the University. Hopefully tonights class goes smoothly.

    In any event I have been searching for work since January of 2012, which was 8 months before I graduated with my MS. I am still looking for a full-time job and am really grateful for the experience as an adjunct. The teaching experience will help me out when I decide to go for a Ph. D. and when I apply for more adjunct positions.

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    I think flexibility for the type of work I am doing factors into where I would rather be in order to complete it.

    RIGHT NOW...I would like not to have to move all day and perform all the tasks I have to perform from where I am sitting right now.

    At other times, I need to be in the context of an office to get the work I need to complete the task, duties, or work I have to do.

    ~Lissette

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    it depends on your living situation if you are a single mother or father then yes it would be great to work from home or if your just not a people person. me i like both of them if i had a choice to do both of them i would jump at it.

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    @Granite - No kidding, I probably moved to the wrong state, but all of my family is here and I need the support, you know? I would totally move to Boston if it was always sunny like Florida! That's so awesome that you are a substitute teacher, it must be so much fun meeting all those students! I'm so sorry you're having trouble finding work as well... My fingers are crossed for you!

    @LissNefertiti - Lissette, your hair is beautiful! ^_^ I would love the possibility of both as well; I feel like the balance is so important so that I can keep sane at work and at home. To do the same thing over and over again, especially in a 9 - 5pm job, would make me go crazy (and has lol).

    @keya95 - I think I may be too much of a people person to work at home 24/7. I need to go out and network or I feel like I'm wasting my life away. There is so many people to meet and know. However, I wouldn't mind 2 or 3 days at home by myself. :)