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Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« on: October 09, 2021, 09:13:45 AM »

Is this the Babylon Bee? "The rigors of working from home"?!?

Man, I did everything I could when working in an office to isolate myself to make it more like working remotely, and here we're talking about how tough it is to have to work from home. Food delivery and subsidized furniture. Virtual cooking and yoga. Pretty soon they'll be paid not to work at all because that's too stressful.

https://nypost.com/2021/10/07/employers-look-to-prioritize-well-being-of-remote-workers/amp/
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2021, 09:31:52 AM »

Is this the Babylon Bee? "The rigors of working from home"?!?

Man, I did everything I could when working in an office to isolate myself to make it more like working remotely, and here we're talking about how tough it is to have to work from home. Food delivery and subsidized furniture. Virtual cooking and yoga. Pretty soon they'll be paid not to work at all because that's too stressful.

https://nypost.com/2021/10/07/employers-look-to-prioritize-well-being-of-remote-workers/amp/

I've not read the article, but I will say that working from home all the time *is* stressful in a way.  (at least for me)  It's hard to set up boundaries between work and real life.  For example I forget to mute my work computer when I'm done, (I leave it running all the time to do BOINC projects in the background) and I hear a beep from an email coming in at 23:00 and I go check it.  And you don't have the 20 minutes or so to decompress on the drive home. 

If you live alone, and have a separate office set up for work, a lot of these issues go away; all that's left is the isolation.
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2021, 09:35:26 AM »

My girlfriend has been 100% WFH for 19 months now.  She tried to get her employer to pay for a standing desk and a decent chair from her home office but they said no.  That's all she really wanted.  We were initially concerned about spending more on heat/AC since she was home all day, but the utility bills haven't really varied that much.  I suppose throwing us a bone for that would be nice.

We have no kids and she keeps the cats out, so she has few distractions.  Her biggest complaint is just the psychological closeness to her work and having to suppress the urge to log on for a little while and check up on things.
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2021, 09:39:47 AM »

Before the Age of Wuhan, I vaguely remember hearing about the downsides of work from home. It was one of those things that sounded nice at first, but was not all it was cracked up to be. So I've been surprised to hear how much people like it. (Have little experience with it, myself)
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2021, 09:42:55 AM »


If you live alone, and have a separate office set up for work, a lot of these issues go away; all that's left is the isolation.

That's the perk!  :laugh:

I only ever got to work from home 1-2 days a week, but I put myself on a schedule and stuck to it. That included breaks and PT time for a run at the beach, and then quitting time was quitting time. I had a home office / reading room that was set up to be more comfortable than my office office.

As for knowing when to shut work off, ironically, that was much easier to do on telecommute days. On regular work days, I had a really bad habit of getting online both before and after work to do stuff.
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2021, 11:00:01 AM »

My girlfriend has been 100% WFH for 19 months now.  She tried to get her employer to pay for a standing desk and a decent chair from her home office but they said no.  That's all she really wanted.  We were initially concerned about spending more on heat/AC since she was home all day, but the utility bills haven't really varied that much.  I suppose throwing us a bone for that would be nice.

We have no kids and she keeps the cats out, so she has few distractions.  Her biggest complaint is just the psychological closeness to her work and having to suppress the urge to log on for a little while and check up on things.
My problem is the psychological and physical closeness of all my normal distractions at home.  Makes the temptation to stop and go check home email or turn on the TV very easy.  If I was going to do it long term, it would make it easier to get in better habits. 
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2021, 01:06:52 PM »

Given what I do, and for whom I do it, I can't work at home. I HAVE to work in a specified facility.

I'm actually glad.

I think I'd go nuts if I had to work at home the whole time. I think I'd begin to feel very isolated. Plus, all of my toys are here; I think I'd have a very hard time with that, as well.

I know I'd still have to put Seren in day care, because she'd be constantly pestering me if I didn't.
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2021, 01:28:31 PM »

I know I'd still have to put Seren in day care, because she'd be constantly pestering me if I didn't.

She would pester you for a little while the first day.  Then she would just lay down by you and mostly sleep.  After a week any pestering would be good indications its time for a break and to stretch your legs anyway.

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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2021, 01:29:47 PM »

Id love it considering I usually detest my coworkers. Worst thing for me would be it wouldnt be possible to go a few doors down and get an in person answer

Id definitely set up an office. My current house is perfect because it had a big office room with a built in desk, shelves, and big windows but If it didnt have that Id probably set up a small shed as an office with a window unit ac/heat system, mini fridge, etc
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2021, 02:43:19 PM »

I've been working at home since 2006.  It's great.  Depending on the season I mow the lawn, or shovel snow, or read, or dabble with the 'puter, or take a nap, or take a walk, or sit on the deck in the sun, and snack.
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2021, 02:59:20 PM »

I worked from home for the last 2 years due to my health and that a recliner was my only relief from pain. My recliner was in the living room so that was a distraction issue. There was also the big window next to my chair but, thankfully, we lived on a low traffic street. The online distractions could be a problem, if you weren't careful but weren't really an issue for me. The TV stayed OFF and the stereo stayed ON playing music from my HUGE MP3 library so there were no commercial/news distractions.
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2021, 09:00:17 PM »

Working from home for me this passed 7+ months since I retired have been great. Work in the garden, putter about in the shop as I see fit. But, the commute tot he lake to work on and now sail my boat did slightly get in the way of my most productive and nearly favorite activity, converting beer into urine.  =D
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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2021, 01:14:37 AM »

Been working from home since March of 2020 and I kind of like it.  My .gov office is offering stand up desks and multiple monitors but Im good with what I have at home.  I did add a bigger monitor and better chair on my own dime.  Wondering if I can claim that, electric and internet on my taxes this year.

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Re: Employers Improving the Well-Being of Remote Workers
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2021, 07:56:19 AM »

She would pester you for a little while the first day.  Then she would just lay down by you and mostly sleep.  After a week any pestering would be good indications its time for a break and to stretch your legs anyway.

Yeah, you don't know Seren. She's a relentless pesterer. And I have to admit, I love it.
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