Top Ten Benefits of Working From Home

My previous post was called, “Why I Joined Sun.” This post could probably be titled, “Why I still work for Sun.” For the past 5 1/2 years I've been working exclusively from home through Sun's openwork program, and I love it. At this point I'm not sure I could go back to working in an office building every day. I'll comment more on working-from-home (or telecommuting, as some people call it) in subsequent posts. But for now, here's my top-ten list, in no particular order:


  1. No commute! I can go from sleeping to working in my office in 30 seconds if I need to.

  2. I have a larger and nicer office than I'd ever get in a Sun building. I even have my own bathroom!

  3. No drop-in interruptions from co-workers. If I need to focus on a task, I can just close my email client and turn off my phone.

  4. It's easier to work exercise into my daily routine. I typically run on the treadmill first thing in the morning, work for an hour or two, then eat breakfast and take a shower. I don't think my co-workers would appreciate that schedule if I had to go into an office!

  5. I get to see my family more. I can usually have lunch with them, and am able to spend my breaks with them instead of in small talk over the water cooler in an office.

  6. I can multi-task during boring meetings. If I'm dialed into a meeting that doesn't demand my full attention I can continue with my work simultaneously.

  7. I don't have to buy lunch or remember to make a lunch ahead of time. I can just walk downstairs to the kitchen and eat leftovers, or quickly make myself a sandwich when I get hungry.

  8. I don't have to take time off work to wait for repair people coming to my house.

  9. I am judged by co-workers solely on what I get done, not on when I come into or leave the office (since they don't know when I start or end work).

  10. I don't have to live anywhere near my home office. I currently live in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is about 1000 miles away from and one mile higher than my core team in Menlo Park, California.

Comments:

It's really very nice to work from home, It depends on the project we are working

Posted by Vinayagam on April 12, 2007 at 07:40 AM MDT #

Hahahahaha! Great top ten list. I'm new to Sun (2 months now), and work almost 100% at home (although I'm 10 minutes from the MP campus). I agree with you tho: I get more time for my morning run, I am not bothered my office gossip (although you must be diligent at closing the IM windows), and I feel like I get more done.

Posted by Brandon on April 12, 2007 at 09:14 AM MDT #

Nice post Nick.

Posted by Amit on April 12, 2007 at 03:48 PM MDT #

This is great - it's what prompted a blog from the gseDivas!

Posted by gseDiva on April 16, 2007 at 05:10 AM MDT #

Re #3: sometimes, you do like those interruptions. ;)

Posted by Manoj Joseph on April 19, 2007 at 05:20 PM MDT #

very interested in your opinions....I'm trying to start a blog of my own.....

Posted by ann bamesberger on June 20, 2007 at 12:58 PM MDT #

I will be relocating from Dubai to the UK in July and will then be home based. I'm really looking forward to making the switch...however...the processes to make the change are simply mind-blowing!

Any tips to cut through the irrelevant stuff and get me to the areas I need to focus on?

THANKS!

Shane.

Posted by Shane Carlson on March 29, 2008 at 09:43 PM MDT #

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