Working from home has its pros and cons. Working independently, without the distractions of co-workers or the water cooler gossip is definitely a pro. On the other hand, working independently, without the distractions of co-workers and water cooler gossip is also a con.
Does that make sense?
Most days I’m grateful for my quiet workspace. I love the concentrated effort I can put into a project that needs real thought and time to develop. But, other days I crave the camaraderie of a team of co-workers who can add a new perspective or some unexpected depth to my project. Like so many other parts of life, working from home is a constant balancing act.
Today I took my work on the road and headed to one of our local offices for an all-staff meeting. I got to sit at our conference room table, surrounded by my co-workers, where I listened to updates and procedure changes. I heard the latest gossip and added my take to the most recent boardroom drama. I sat quietly, noticing the interesting dynamics that were at play among the wildly different people sitting at that table, and I wondered how my presence might play into those dynamics.
I actually relished my time in the office today. I’m fairly certain I’ll relish the time that I spend working from home tomorrow too. Not a bad balancing act.