Telecommuting for Sun
By wyllys on Jul 22, 2004
Sun is cool because....
They have an excellent program for allowing their workers to work from home, full-time.
I've been a full-time work-from-home person since I started here in October 2000. At first it was difficult getting a good (fast) connection into the network because my neighborhood doesn't get decent DSL and cable-broadband was not yet available. Sun hooked me up with a private ISDN line until I was able to get something better (and ALOT cheaper). Once the connection issues were sorted out, everything fell into place.
There are just so many benefits (and only a few drawbacks) to working from home. Allow me to
enumerate a few here:
- No Traffic - living here in the Wash DC metro area, traffic is a HUGE problem. Not for me, though. I come downstairs in the AM and my office is literally just a couple of steps away.
- Flexibility - working from home affords one some flexibility in work hours. If I have to take my child somewhere or go to an appointment, I know my work is right there when I get home and I can easily make up the lost time at night or at any odd hour I choose.
- Family Time - I'm now able to attend school functions and after-school activities because I don't have to fight traffic and take a ton of time away from the office to do it. Little league games and other extra-curriculars are now much easier to attend.
- Productivity - I often find that I put in more hours working from home than I would if all of my stuff was in an office miles away because I can always pop onto the computer whenever I feel the urge or get an idea. No more putting in long hours in an office long after everyone has gone home. I can be here, put my child to bed at night and get back to the work without ever leaving the house.
Downsides - not many. I do miss working directly with people in face-to-face meetings and having lunch with peers to discuss issues. Though, one has to try hard to communicate via email and phone calls in order to "stay connected".