Working from Home

I blogged recently that my team moved to a Work From Home program. It's a wonderful program that allows people to work for Sun regardless of where they live, it lets people be home for a really special moment that they would have missed if they'd been working in the office, it lets them take a picture of the wildlife that passes outside the window of their home office, and of course it lets them take conference calls while wearing their pajamas.

Most people love it.

The problem was, I hated it.

I gave it 2 months and with each passing day I hated it more.

I missed the face-to-face contact with other people. I missed the bright lights and the big whiteboards and even the office coffee machine.

And I'm an introvert. I was supposed to be OK at home, drawing energy from within and all.

So a couple of weeks ago I moved back to a regular Sun office.

And that's the cool thing about Sun as an employer - we're flexible. If you want to work at home, we'll make that possible. And if you want to drink the office coffee under harsh lighting like me, we can make that happen too.


WFH is a nice option, I agree with what you say, I just don't feel I have done enough work if I haven't been to the office. In my opinion, you learn more by interacting with people face to face (especially over a cup of coffee) than just chatting with them over the phone.

There's something about coffee@sun. It gives you a chance to have many "Eureka moments" :)

And yes, Sun truly is a fantastic employer. More than anything else, it allows freedom and flexibility for employees. Not many IT behemoths can promise that.

Posted by Rohan Ranade on September 20, 2007 at 04:17 AM CST #

Well, well, well look who is voicing my thoughts from two months back :)

Posted by Shubho on September 20, 2007 at 06:34 AM CST #

Shubho you are such a wiseguy. :)

I would borrow from an old adage and say, "'Tis better to have worked from home and hated it, then never to have worked from home at all."

Posted by melanie gao on September 20, 2007 at 06:48 AM CST #

This is what even I like about Sun as an Employer. I don't miss people at home (quite a distance apart from the Sun office), coz I travel home frequently and work from there.

Posted by R Rajesh on September 20, 2007 at 08:18 AM CST #

At least you gave it enough time to realize you really didn't like it. I'm sure your office mates are happy you're back. :-)

Posted by Skrocki on September 20, 2007 at 05:31 PM CST #

I like to know that I can work at home when I need to (sick kid, medical appointments closer to home, and the like), but when all is said and done, I hate working at home. I hate the isolation of being at home. I like working at the office, with my door open, unless I am on a conference call. I like the bustle and conversations in the hall. I like watching co-workers walk by my window as they go to Java Java or the cafeteria. I can tell you which exec has walked by, or whether Rich Green is wearing his black turtleneck (not today).

Conversation and collaboration is easier face to face. It's not that it doesn't happen when working remotely, but it's easier. In fact, I am effectively working remotely anyway, since I support a group that is in another Sun office. So I like my little office at Sun, and I value the opportunities to travel to work directly with my group.

Posted by Sue Weber on September 20, 2007 at 08:47 PM CST #

Good for you! I'm with you on this. Totally.

Posted by Amiram on September 21, 2007 at 04:44 PM CST #

Well, I'm not a SUN employee, but I work remotely and I hate it. I miss the interaction with people in the hallway, I miss the camaraderie. I have learned that by working remotely you tend to be an afterthought in people's minds because they don't see you day to day. So for me, although I loved working from home, there definitely are reasons to hate it.

Posted by Scott on June 18, 2008 at 10:24 PM CST #

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