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What's Normal? - Do you work at home in 2024? (1 Viewer)

Do you work at home presently?

  • Yes

  • No

  • About Half n Half

  • I go into the office once a week

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We have some sort of group party/lunch today. I took vacation time to just avoid it so this morning all I hear is people cackling on and on about this event they try to "bully" you into attending.
 
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There is no need for me to be in an office. In fact I routinely work with sensitive contractor bids, so my being at home actually makes things more secure.

I will never work another job that is not at least hybrid or otherwise has a VERY short commute. Wasting hours of your week in your car driving to/from work without being paid for it should never have been the norm and I regret doing it as long as I did.
Should have never been the norm? What should it have been?
The pandemic proved that a lot of jobs can be done remote, including mine. If any future employer of mine wants me in the office, they can pay for my commute as part of my workday.
I have a "work from home 'stipend'" for the four days a week that I home here. The one day a week that I am in the office (recent), I have to pay for parking and, as a general rule, I go out for lunch which is an added expense. So, it cost me to go to the office (including gas). The topper was the "would you be willing to come into the office once a week?" This was after my boss "retired" and I got a new one and was asked by her with her boss on the call too. What's the right answer there? Although it is actually, "give me a good reason". Our office is corporate owned (I am fairly confident) and a ghost town.
 
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One of the all time great comedies, I was 24-25 when that movie opened and it rang so true of the offices and companies I worked in, it had the pulse
 
We have some sort of group party/lunch today. I took vacation time to just avoid it so this morning all I hear is people cackling on and on about this event they try to "bully" you into attending.
That's funny because I see it a different way...why burn a vacation day when you are not being asked to work that hard?
Did you stay home sick from school on class field trip days?
You really dislike a lot of folks don't you? I'm starting to not feel special.

BTW: I'm not that many degrees off from you
 
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Some of my favorite parts of WFH...LUNCH!!!

-Mrs and I get to make our own food at home, we typically go pretty light on breakfast-7am, but we can have Brunch at about 10:30-11am and make some eggs/omelettes and potatoes
That can take us out for almost the rest of the day
Then we can have some "linner" around 3:00 maybe, from there it's just popcorn or fruit in the dinner time section, we don't enjoy eating late.
What I'm saying is we have more control over our eating habits, bathroom trips, light 20-30 minute walks whenever we have a break since we can just slip our shoes on and scoot out
 
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Another thing I like about WFH and this would tend to lend credibility to the decline in production away from the office but...
I have one of the TVs in the home office set on the Tennis channel with no sound but I can see the QF/SF live while I am working on emails and quick calls.
I actually enjoy many of the other smaller tournaments on the Tennis channel and even the very early rounds can be soothing
I don't follow golf but also enjoy putting that on towards the end of the week on Th/Fri for the early rounds of the tournaments, pretty lush green courses

Another great one are podcasts on Youtube like "Club Random" which is one of my absolute favs, long interviews by Bill just shooting the **** with all kinds of artists and writers.
Bill Burr has a wonderful podcast, Joe Rogan, i can just keep streaming them in the background all day vs elevator music at an office or worse.
 
Believe it or not, even though it might sound like 12-14% of the work force isn't much, that amounts to almost 22 Million people that work mostly from home.
I would dig your heels in if you like it and keep looking for opportunities to WFH or change companies for a better stronger more stable situations.
We're very fortunate to have good leaders(depending on your POV) that encourage their staff to continue working from home

Some of the staff does come into the office several times a week even though they technically don't have to...we don't like those folks as much :lol:
They tend to cause a lot of problems for others and feel very righteous that they drag their *** into the office.
 
I made a job change a month ago for better money AND full-time WFH. I never worked from home before except for two weeks when I had COVID in 2020 and when I was iced in for one day.

The new company is now entirely WFH only as of the first week I started. They had one guy coming in to the office every day and just decided to save the overhead, shut it down and work fully remote.

We do accounting/bookkeeping/CFO services (no income tax) and have clients and staff around the country.
 
Mr R works from home starting at 4PM. It can last until 6AM, but it generally goes until about 3AM. It's great. No commute. If he's sick, he still gets paid since he can just stay home. He's taken one sick day in five years. SInce most of it is waiting for things to compile, he can do what he wants a large chunk of the time. This particular job started two weeks before Covid lockdown. Timing is everything.
 
I've been a remote employee for over 15 years now, through 4 different companies. If I go into an office now, which happens once a quarter or so, it involves taking a flight to one of our offices in SF, Chicago, or NY.
 
I’m in about once a week. The requirement is 3 or month times per month, but I don’t think anyone really checks it. Even when I’m in the office, I’m just on Teams calls because my meetings are with folks across the country and not local. I think if I was back to going in 4-5 times per week, would hate that. But going in 1-2 is enough to give myself a bit of a change of pace to work and the right amount of in-person connectivity. Do feel more productive at home than the office, as don’t have to deal with the commute time.
 
Went to full time WFH in 2010ish till about fall of 2018. Company expenditure on office renovation plus a new executive with negative ideas on WFH, meant I had to go in 2-3 days a week. Hated it. Sat around people I didn't know. That lasted about 18 months until March of 20' as Covid began. I switched back to full time official WFH in 22' and was very glad and lucky to do so.

There is no reason whatsoever for me personally to be in an office. All of my team are 1500 miles away in another state. Laptop, VPN, good to go. Way more productive and efficient from home, instead of 45 minutes commute each way, traffic aggravation, parking hassles etc etc. No thanks. I do count myself lucky though, no doubt and don't miss the social interaction of an office environment much, if at all.
 
I’m in about once a week. The requirement is 3 or month times per month, but I don’t think anyone really checks it. Even when I’m in the office, I’m just on Teams calls because my meetings are with folks across the country and not local. I think if I was back to going in 4-5 times per week, would hate that. But going in 1-2 is enough to give myself a bit of a change of pace to work and the right amount of in-person connectivity. Do feel more productive at home than the office, as don’t have to deal with the commute time.
Mrs makes the trek from Palm Beach to Miami via the Brightline once a week
Still a good 30 minutes from the train station to our front door

Day starts at 4am roughly to make the 5:30/6am train-75 to 80 minute ride down, she makes it back to our driveway by about 6pm, assuming the train doesn't hit anybody
Would you do that once a week to be home the other 4 days? I think the answer is a resounding yes from most folks I know
 
95% from the office. My office is close and is nice and the office in our home has been taken over by my wife whos been 100% WFH since Covid. I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Most folks are probably the same, but won’t outwardly admit it.
I guess if you have kids at home. With being empty nesters, I close the door to my office while working to make sure there are no distractions. No TV in the room, no personal devices. Work is work, I can play when I log off and don't have to be stressed out dealing with rush hour :drive:
 
Worked Fulltime from home for 5 years, then hybrid for 2, and now 4 years fulltime and won't ever go back.

I get more work done from 5am to 8am, then I do the rest of the day due to meetings, meetings and meetings the rest of the day.

That 2 hours I wasted per day in the car is now used to be much more productive. :hifive:
Let's talk about these wall to wall meetings, my wife has the same schedule from about 8:30-5:30 it's just meeting after meeting, when does anyone have time to work on the things discussed at the meetings? :lol:
Exactly..
Every day when I tell the people I support to setup a meeting, I always get the same response
"OMG your calendar! :eek: "
 
Both of us work for the same health system, me in finance and her in supply chain and we have both wfh since COVID shut 'er down in March 2020. My office has been closed with any staff that need to have office space moved to a different location. Her office is still open as it's attached to our warehouse. Neither of us expect to ever go back at this point. We could actually move across country to the majority of states and probably still maintain our jobs.
 
Worked Fulltime from home for 5 years, then hybrid for 2, and now 4 years fulltime and won't ever go back.

I get more work done from 5am to 8am, then I do the rest of the day due to meetings, meetings and meetings the rest of the day.

That 2 hours I wasted per day in the car is now used to be much more productive. :hifive:
Let's talk about these wall to wall meetings, my wife has the same schedule from about 8:30-5:30 it's just meeting after meeting, when does anyone have time to work on the things discussed at the meetings? :lol:
Hafta block off time minimum 2 weeks out for actual work, so when others look to schedule a meeting all they see is a red x. I allow my team to see my calendar and they see things like 'hold for meeting prep' (legit), 'off site visit' (I'm working from home when the off site visit scheduled before does not run long), or 'not available' (I'm going for a run) but the rest? Just a red x.
 
Worked Fulltime from home for 5 years, then hybrid for 2, and now 4 years fulltime and won't ever go back.

I get more work done from 5am to 8am, then I do the rest of the day due to meetings, meetings and meetings the rest of the day.

That 2 hours I wasted per day in the car is now used to be much more productive. :hifive:
Let's talk about these wall to wall meetings, my wife has the same schedule from about 8:30-5:30 it's just meeting after meeting, when does anyone have time to work on the things discussed at the meetings? :lol:
Hafta block off time minimum 2 weeks out for actual work, so when others look to schedule a meeting all they see is a red x. I allow my team to see my calendar and they see things like 'hold for meeting prep' (legit), 'off site visit' (I'm working from home when the off site visit scheduled before does not run long), or 'not available' (I'm going for a run) but the rest? Just a red x.

Outlook has a great feature it introduced a long time back called Focus Time where it blocks your calendar for you in advance - you can then choose to tweak it at the beginning of a week or day.
 
Worked Fulltime from home for 5 years, then hybrid for 2, and now 4 years fulltime and won't ever go back.

I get more work done from 5am to 8am, then I do the rest of the day due to meetings, meetings and meetings the rest of the day.

That 2 hours I wasted per day in the car is now used to be much more productive. :hifive:
Let's talk about these wall to wall meetings, my wife has the same schedule from about 8:30-5:30 it's just meeting after meeting, when does anyone have time to work on the things discussed at the meetings? :lol:
Hafta block off time minimum 2 weeks out for actual work, so when others look to schedule a meeting all they see is a red x. I allow my team to see my calendar and they see things like 'hold for meeting prep' (legit), 'off site visit' (I'm working from home when the off site visit scheduled before does not run long), or 'not available' (I'm going for a run) but the rest? Just a red x.

Outlook has a great feature it introduced a long time back called Focus Time where it blocks your calendar for you in advance - you can then choose to tweak it at the beginning of a week or day.
Yea, doesn't help. People don't even bother to look at your busy time, they just book. Then it's up to me to find a time that works for all.
I usually log in before 5am and don't log off until after 3pm, sometimes not till 4pm.
Hoping that will change in the next two months as they are finally hiring people for me to lead in the Power Platform. 🤞
 
38% of Footballguys that voted, almost 140 votes and 38% either WFH 5 days a week or go into the office about 1 day a week and the rest from home.

Another 26% are Half n Half, almost two-thirds of this place is either home or about split 50/50, that seems like an abnormal number vs the national average
I was telling my wife tonight how very lucky we are to be afforded this lifestyle even though i feel we have earned it over a long period of time
My guess is many of you feel likewise and while you wish everyone could experience it, no reason to self-flagellate over it either.

14% or less, 22 Million Americans WFH and FBG has almost 65% of their members working from home a minimum of half the time and still close to 40% that WFH almost exclusively
Not sure what to make of that but it shows a stark contrast to most average Americans
 
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38% of Footballguys that voted, almost 140 votes and 38% either WFH 5 days a week or go into the office about 1 day a week and the rest from home.

Another 26% are Half n Half, almost two-thirds of this place is either home or about split 50/50, that seems like an abnormal number vs the national average
I was telling my wife tonight how very lucky we are to be afforded this lifestyle even though i feel we have earned it over a long period of time
My guess is many of you feel likewise and while you wish everyone could experience it, no reason to self-flagellate over it either.

14% or less, 22 Million Americans WFH and FBG has almost 65% of their members working from home a minimum of half the time and still close to 40% that WFH almost exclusively
Not sure what to make of that but it shows a stark contrast to most average Americans
Blue-collar and retail jobs aren’t WFH and I would bet the percentage of blue-collar and retail workers on this forum is way lower than in the general population. I suspect that accounts for much of the difference.
 
Yea, doesn't help. People don't even bother to look at your busy time, they just book. Then it's up to me to find a time that works for all.
Curious why that is. I'm not responding as I'm off today, but I just got a meeting request while on vacation in 2 weeks. That'll diplomatically get kicked back to the sender first thing Monday morning.
 
Worked Fulltime from home for 5 years, then hybrid for 2, and now 4 years fulltime and won't ever go back.

I get more work done from 5am to 8am, then I do the rest of the day due to meetings, meetings and meetings the rest of the day.

That 2 hours I wasted per day in the car is now used to be much more productive. :hifive:
Let's talk about these wall to wall meetings, my wife has the same schedule from about 8:30-5:30 it's just meeting after meeting, when does anyone have time to work on the things discussed at the meetings? :lol:
Hafta block off time minimum 2 weeks out for actual work, so when others look to schedule a meeting all they see is a red x. I allow my team to see my calendar and they see things like 'hold for meeting prep' (legit), 'off site visit' (I'm working from home when the off site visit scheduled before does not run long), or 'not available' (I'm going for a run) but the rest? Just a red x.

Outlook has a great feature it introduced a long time back called Focus Time where it blocks your calendar for you in advance - you can then choose to tweak it at the beginning of a week or day.
...and this has been added to the weekly routine. Thanks!
 
38% of Footballguys that voted, almost 140 votes and 38% either WFH 5 days a week or go into the office about 1 day a week and the rest from home.

Another 26% are Half n Half, almost two-thirds of this place is either home or about split 50/50, that seems like an abnormal number vs the national average
I was telling my wife tonight how very lucky we are to be afforded this lifestyle even though i feel we have earned it over a long period of time
My guess is many of you feel likewise and while you wish everyone could experience it, no reason to self-flagellate over it either.

14% or less, 22 Million Americans WFH and FBG has almost 65% of their members working from home a minimum of half the time and still close to 40% that WFH almost exclusively
Not sure what to make of that but it shows a stark contrast to most average Americans
Blue-collar and retail jobs aren’t WFH and I would bet the percentage of blue-collar and retail workers on this forum is way lower than in the general population. I suspect that accounts for much of the difference.
Would definitely think this is the case.

For most, if you can be posting on the message board during "working hours", then you likely have enough flexibility in what you do that you can be working from home as you are not a machinery operator, a retail checker, etc.

Context matters - some jobs lend themselves well to WFH, some would be impossible to do WFH. I work for a large utility with a massive geographic territory - our field guys, our garage mechanics, our substation operators, etc. obviously can not work from home. The vast majority of our office staff such as finance, some parts of IT, analytics, etc. are much more suited to WFH, and for many, their teams are spread out across the territory, so when they do come into the office, it is not the same physical location. As a company we have a large mix of 100% in person, 100% remote and hybrid with varying number of days onsite/WFH.
 
WFH is so vastly superior for me that’s it’s not even debatable
:yes:
If I’m in the office, they’re not supportive of my coming in after a run and standing in my towel for an hour or two before I take a shower.

I worked for about two hours this afternoon in lounge pants with no shirt on.
Whe Mr R does stuff like this, I usually make comments about a hostile work environment.

WFH means having your own comfy chair. For Mr R, it also means a really high-grade computer monitor. Also a personalized work space. Much better.

(And home field advantage in the restroom.)
 
WFH is so vastly superior for me that’s it’s not even debatable
:yes:
If I’m in the office, they’re not supportive of my coming in after a run and standing in my towel for an hour or two before I take a shower.

I worked for about two hours this afternoon in lounge pants with no shirt on.
Whe Mr R does stuff like this, I usually make comments about a hostile work environment.

WFH means having your own comfy chair. For Mr R, it also means a really high-grade computer monitor. Also a personalized work space. Much better.

(And home field advantage in the restroom.)

And access to Mrs. R!
 
38% of Footballguys that voted, almost 140 votes and 38% either WFH 5 days a week or go into the office about 1 day a week and the rest from home.

Another 26% are Half n Half, almost two-thirds of this place is either home or about split 50/50, that seems like an abnormal number vs the national average
I was telling my wife tonight how very lucky we are to be afforded this lifestyle even though i feel we have earned it over a long period of time
My guess is many of you feel likewise and while you wish everyone could experience it, no reason to self-flagellate over it either.

14% or less, 22 Million Americans WFH and FBG has almost 65% of their members working from home a minimum of half the time and still close to 40% that WFH almost exclusively
Not sure what to make of that but it shows a stark contrast to most average Americans
Blue-collar and retail jobs aren’t WFH and I would bet the percentage of blue-collar and retail workers on this forum is way lower than in the general population. I suspect that accounts for much of the difference.
Would definitely think this is the case.

For most, if you can be posting on the message board during "working hours", then you likely have enough flexibility in what you do that you can be working from home as you are not a machinery operator, a retail checker, etc.

Context matters - some jobs lend themselves well to WFH, some would be impossible to do WFH. I work for a large utility with a massive geographic territory - our field guys, our garage mechanics, our substation operators, etc. obviously can not work from home. The vast majority of our office staff such as finance, some parts of IT, analytics, etc. are much more suited to WFH, and for many, their teams are spread out across the territory, so when they do come into the office, it is not the same physical location. As a company we have a large mix of 100% in person, 100% remote and hybrid with varying number of days onsite/WFH.
Right, there have been multiple periods of time I've not been too active on here and it's been when I've had positions that makes participating in the board challenging.
 
WFH is so vastly superior for me that’s it’s not even debatable
:yes:
If I’m in the office, they’re not supportive of my coming in after a run and standing in my towel for an hour or two before I take a shower.

I worked for about two hours this afternoon in lounge pants with no shirt on.
Whe Mr R does stuff like this, I usually make comments about a hostile work environment.

WFH means having your own comfy chair. For Mr R, it also means a really high-grade computer monitor. Also a personalized work space. Much better.

(And home field advantage in the restroom.)
When Mrs Oz comments about the hostile work environment, I practice sexual harassment. Except she likes it, so it isn’t SH.
 
Yea, doesn't help. People don't even bother to look at your busy time, they just book. Then it's up to me to find a time that works for all.
Curious why that is. I'm not responding as I'm off today, but I just got a meeting request while on vacation in 2 weeks. That'll diplomatically get kicked back to the sender first thing Monday morning.
No idea.. And I'm to nice to fire back a "Next time look at my available time you twit" :lol:
 
100% yes. Just started a new job... completely remote. I haven't had a local office to even go into for the last 7 or so years. Not sure I could go back to any in-office schedule at this point
 
38% of Footballguys that voted, almost 140 votes and 38% either WFH 5 days a week or go into the office about 1 day a week and the rest from home.

Another 26% are Half n Half, almost two-thirds of this place is either home or about split 50/50, that seems like an abnormal number vs the national average
I was telling my wife tonight how very lucky we are to be afforded this lifestyle even though i feel we have earned it over a long period of time
My guess is many of you feel likewise and while you wish everyone could experience it, no reason to self-flagellate over it either.

14% or less, 22 Million Americans WFH and FBG has almost 65% of their members working from home a minimum of half the time and still close to 40% that WFH almost exclusively
Not sure what to make of that but it shows a stark contrast to most average Americans
Blue-collar and retail jobs aren’t WFH and I would bet the percentage of blue-collar and retail workers on this forum is way lower than in the general population. I suspect that accounts for much of the difference.
Would definitely think this is the case.

For most, if you can be posting on the message board during "working hours", then you likely have enough flexibility in what you do that you can be working from home as you are not a machinery operator, a retail checker, etc.

Context matters - some jobs lend themselves well to WFH, some would be impossible to do WFH. I work for a large utility with a massive geographic territory - our field guys, our garage mechanics, our substation operators, etc. obviously can not work from home. The vast majority of our office staff such as finance, some parts of IT, analytics, etc. are much more suited to WFH, and for many, their teams are spread out across the territory, so when they do come into the office, it is not the same physical location. As a company we have a large mix of 100% in person, 100% remote and hybrid with varying number of days onsite/WFH.
Right, there have been multiple periods of time I've not been too active on here and it's been when I've had positions that makes participating in the board challenging.
I personally love when you post, you've always been happy to share or help almost anyone who wants to know what you're thinking.
You've helped me indirectly in tennis, stronger hips n thighs make turning on the ball and supplying my own power much easier
I didn't know how to make "squats" a part of my routine so I just crouch into an athletic position on the tennis court any time I am taking the net when my partner serves, return of serve, etc...
It used ot be a little painful getting low but now I do it almost on reflex even when I might be tired, it helps a lot in finding the ball and already having my knees bent to return fire.

-You encouraged me even without added weights to try squats
Cheers Bud
 
Retired !!!!!
After 30 years at Frito Lay, getting up at 2 am, I am still trying to catch up on my sleep. Now I work from home. :) Sleep late, drink coffee, do yoga, cook breakfast, then maybe two hours of yard work or chores around the house. Go to the beach or pool, them grill out for dinner. Watch the sun set on the lagoon as we sip wine and watch the birds and gators. It was worth it.
 
14% or less, 22 Million Americans WFH and FBG has almost 65% of their members working from home a minimum of half the time and still close to 40% that WFH almost exclusively
Not sure what to make of that but it shows a stark contrast to most average Americans

I think this guy nailed it...
For most, if you can be posting on the message board during "working hours", then you likely have enough flexibility in what you do that you can be working from home as you are not a machinery operator, a retail checker, etc.

We're also an older-than-average group so rising in the career ladder probably increases the WFH opportunities, too.
 
Missing an option. I WFH a day a week
We discussed this a little on page 1 but I could be wrong
That is almost exclusive "not" WFH, I'm happy you get 1 day a week to be on your own, I imagine it's a big lift in the schedule for not just you but the household
4 out of 5 days at an office, that's pretty much the opposite of WFH

Hang in there!
 
More fun stuff when you WFH...

3 loads of laundry done this morning while WFH, able to pack suitcases and be ready to push off at 5am tomorrow morning
Scooting up from North Palm Beach to St Pete by about 9am
Can easily connect and be ready for anything in the morning at numerous coffee shops/cafes around the downtown.

Son is taking a half day of vacation/time off, we're going to hit a couple "1-bite Pizza Reviews" The Pizza Box and the Violet Stone on our list.
I've had Pizza Box downtown St Pete and it's very good, amazing oven used to create the pies.

We are going to the Rays-Cubs game tomorrow night, booked into the Avalon/Hollander which I've mentioned a couple times, great spot to spend a couple nights.
Wi-Fi in the lobby works great, has a wonderful bar/restaurant, lots of beer taps and the food is actually delicious.

We're taking Thursday off, return back to home base on Friday but can log in while driving back on Friday and not miss a beat. 3 days on the road, only burn 1 full day of vacation.
 
No working from home for me. Not during covid either, with the exception of a couple months when things were kinda shut down.
I hate working from home.
 

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