Telecommuting for Sun

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".

Comments:

Come on now. You live in DC. Think of all the fun with WMD's, kids stealing your car,and every 17 years or so Cicadas in the millions. Except for the last one the McLean office is golden. Just outside the nuclear blast zone and its way too expensive for kids to leave out here. :)

Posted by Torrey McMahon on July 22, 2004 at 10:09 AM EDT #

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