Was your reaction to working from home, the best news ever? Chances are you are saving money on gas in the car and getting more sleep because your commute time is 90 seconds to your office. You might have more time in the day to cook, exercise, start a new project, or walk a new puppy.
You may also be feeling more stressed than ever with kids home from school for close to a year, juggling snacktime, virtual school, sibling quarrels, and your own work. Even though our coworkers or clients may be gracious and understanding about that background noise or kiddo popping in, it still makes us more stressed out and rising tensions.
Working from home can be blissful and can be super stressful. I did it for over 10 years and I was my productive self until I wasn’t anymore. Not that those years were all a honeymoon, but I was still connecting with coworkers on video chat and getting out of the house to see neighbors and occasional work meetings. Things changed for me when I was no longer seeing other humans at the bus stop in the mornings and realized that I hadn’t left my...more
As I sit here and reflect about my WorkAway journey, I have lots of emotions running through my heart and head. WorkAway opened just over 3 years ago as a passion project with a dear friend. We learned a lot in the first year and what our business model would look like. We met people we never would have met without coming together as a community. Coworkers who would become forever friends, people who were just passing through town and needed a place to work, and others who moved on to other adventures but we think of often.
There are stories. Lots of them. The depositions in the conference room when the “client” needed to be away from the windows. The sex ed video blogs that were filmed by a couple who were touring the country in a camper and educating young people. It has been an honor to celebrate births, new jobs and contracts, and growing businesses. We’ve bonded on the hard stuff in life, coaching each other through parenting challenges, decisions to close a business, and learning of loved ones' health diagnoses.