This year I decided to jump ship and try out the increasingly popular method of working. Remote working. As I have already covered previously, remote working is certainly not all about sitting in your pajamas and enjoying daytime television.
However, one of the main things I am happiest about is that I am no longer confined to a traditional four walled office. The last thing I would wish on a person is having to spend decades under the glow of industrial lighting in a noisy office. Seeing as I am a little cynical by nature. I thought I would share some of the things that I don not miss about working in an office and why.
You know who you are. No one wants to hear your life story or the current “woe is me” situation that you are dealing with for the millionth time. This is a workplace I am here to work. I am not your therapist. In fact, there is no one here that is medically qualified to help you. So please. Go back to your desk and do some work, so I can do mine. You know, that thing we are getting paid to do?
Ok. I admit it. This is the easiest one. In my previous jobs I had a commute of 45 - 60 minutes per day. This is not necessarily bad. But that was nearly an hour of my day spent on driving. That meant I had to fuel up roughly £150 per month. Now that my commute is literally 20 seconds to my computer, my fuel budget is zero. That is money that can be used elsewhere.
I don’t miss the smell of burnt coffee because someone is careless in the “how a coffeepot works” department. And for the last time, no reheating fish in the microwave! How many times do you need to be told? And what is it about offices that cause people to bring in junk food? I know sitting at your desk all day with some high calorie diet is a perfect combination, but I don’t miss it. Now that I work from home I decide what food is around me and it’s a lot cheaper making my own lunches than feeling obliged to have to tag along on ‘lunch dates’ while paying a small fortune per day just for a sandwich. Without junk food around me I am not tempted to grab a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps. I have even started going to the gym after work; especially now that I don’t need to spend money on fuel and office takeaways.
I don’t miss meetings at all. Previously before discovering remote working, I used to have meetings about meetings. Or I was often collared into an irrelevant meeting just to fill chairs around a boardroom table. Nothing drives me closer to insanity than wasting time. Many meetings were simply that, at least in my case. Since working remotely in my new job, the meetings now actually have a purpose; but it’s once a week and to discuss important things, like the next project, or just a catch up on how things are going; and I appreciate that, especially being 1000 miles away from the office. Now it means I have more of my day to be productive and finish my tasks.
I am sure there are many more things I do not miss about being in an office. But these are the first ones that come to mind. This is not meant to say that working in an office is bad or should not be done. It is just that it is not my cup of tea. Especially now that I have experienced remote working first hand. Going through this exercise has also shown me that maybe I should post the things I do miss about working in an office. The things I miss out on when remote working. Surprisingly enough, there are a number of things, but I will leave that for another time.
If you work in an office, what drives you nuts about working there? What do you hate most about being in an office? Do you still prefer to embrace remote working?