Working from Home

The benefits of working at home. Company policies will need to be updated for the 21st century.

I have been trying for the better part of 2 years to get approved to operate at home. It was a joyous occasion! One which I’ve seldom had the pleasure of experiencing. In years past it was a pain to get blessings for remote access, aka dialing in aka work from home aka convenience. Each company I have worked for had essentially the same policy. There’s always a risk sending data over the World Wide Interweb. Data can get lost, downloaded accidentally or even worse, someone can hack into the system and really tear things up. Security breaches happen all of the time. Everyone’s personal information has likely been lifted by someone on the dark web for use for nefarious crimes. But boy did it feel good to walk from the bedroom to my home office about 30 feet away.

The convenience has so many advantages mainly not having to be at the office at 0-Dark-30 to get some type of issue or implementation. For me, it is getting up in the wee hours and having to drive everywhere. I will be tired, probably did not get much if any sleep during the day as a result of the anxiety of having to go in, and it’s unsafe. Dialing in removes that and allows for a brief walk back to bed; no driving home still being tired or keyed up from being awake all night.

Throughout much of my I.T. career I was classified as non-essential personal. It meant I was not required to appear during inclement weather or application difficulties. However, I would be forced to take leave time for that afternoon, a double-edged sword. It’s a backdoor for the company to punish its employees in my opinion. Turns out that I was essential if I liked it or not.

I was with a large corporation that had no issue with folks working at home. There wasn’t the type of security breaches there are nowadays so the company did not really worried about it. Again, it was nice (except having to bulldoze my way out of the driveway).

Another example: Company policies can and do apply a rule that if your kids are at home because of inclement weather, you were not supposed to work due to the distraction. The same was set if you had an infirmed relative that needed care daily. It is an archaic rule that needs to change. I get it, but family should come before work and there has to be some leeway. There are some situations that can’t be avoided but do not punish employees by not letting them dial in even if it’s just for a little while. At least leave it to the worker to choose which is most appropriate for their situation.

It is such a simple courtesy: Rewrite the coverage. Weather, a sick relative, or if you’re sick (and possibly infectious ), then work from home. How hard is this for companies to understand? Profits and stakeholders will still be in place when employees can not be in the workplace. Apparently hanging on to their archaic policies must be more important than their worker’s safety. Rewriting the policy might even breed some dedication or a straightforward thanks from those of us risking our lives to raise the bottom line.

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