Do you really want to work at home or is there something better? I would like to encourage you to look deeper at working remotely, where ever that may be. It may be better to strive for Workplace Freedom & Flexibility than just to say I want to work from home.
Let’s call this Workplace Freedom & Flexibility…….”Work-Free-Flex”
What is Work-Free-Flex?
Work-Free-Flex is the goal to create freedom and flexibility no matter where you office from.
Do you work at a traditional office, out of the house, both the office and the house or even work remotely anywhere in the world?
There are potential problems if you make your life’s goal to just be able to work from home.
Can Working from Home become a Nightmare?
I would like to open everyone’s eyes up to some problems with working from home.
- You may get tired of working alone.
- You may take advantage of the freedom and not get your work accomplished.
- Will your family be too noisy?
- Do you have a quiet place to work, where you can be left alone?
- Will you become the errand person and be taken advantage of just because it’s easier for you to go get something?
- You may find that you get depressed not being around people.
- You might find that you work longer hours and get less sleep because you can’t drive home and leave your work at the office.
- What about having people close by in an office where it’s easier to ask questions and get help.
- Will you learn as much at home as you would in an office with colleagues around?
I hope you’re getting the picture now. Working at home is not all a bed of roses. There are several pitfalls that you may run into and I definitely ran into.
All I wanted to do in this section is to make you aware of potential problems of working at home. Working at home is not for everyone. Now, I would like to introduce you to a better idea.
My Goal is to Have Freedom and Flexibility Wherever I Work
The goal should not be to escape a workplace or only work in one location because there is much more going on here then that. Some people may never have the ability to work solely from home. Some people may not want to ever work from home so let’s open up this discussion a lot wider.
Let’s look to create the Workplace Freedom and Flexibility wherever we are.
- Find ways to create freedom and flexibility.
- Work from a laptop.
- Get all of you work material, manuals, plans, files onto your laptop or server you can connect to.
- Start working on the people around you to accept flexible work situations when there is a snow storm, a family emergency, pregnancy, etc.
- Start talking with management about allowing more flexibility.
- Will they consider flexible work hours, primarily when to arrive at work and leave?
- Does your company have a policy in place that they can stand behind when some people can be trusted and others have proven they abuse the flexibility and freedom?
- Can your company walk away from a zero tolerance policy and allow freedom based on the individual and not create policies because they don’t want to address one or two people?
These are some simple things to start with and then build on to create a more flexible environment.
Let’s get to the ultimate idea of Work-Free-Flex. The best way I know how to do this is to show you what it means to me now and what I would like it to be in the future.
I have been working at home for the past 8 years and have learned a lot about myself and what works best for me. I’m not going to go through everything I learned other than to tell you how I have transitioned from just working at home to Work-Free-Flex.
My Current Work Environment:
- I have three offices
- Company office
- Home office
- Remote office – I can work anyplace I can sit my laptop down.
- I have chosen to work 2 two 4 days in the company office each week but those days always vary.
- I can choose when I come to work and leave work to miss the rush hour traffic.
- My company does not judge me on how many hours I work, but on the quality of work I produce and meeting project deadlines.
This is perfect for me now as my wife and I have two kids who live at home. One is a junior in high school and the other is a sophomore in college. Both of my kids are becoming extremely independent and they aren’t running to the door screaming Daddy, Daddy, Daddy every time I come home! It is truly sad.
This work schedule is extremely freeing and flexible. I feel so relaxed and at peace knowing I don’t have to be at a particular place or time unless I have a meeting or need to work with someone else in the company. It’s also nice because no one in my company gives me any grief when I chose to work at home.
My one word of caution here is you better meet your obligations and know the times you should be at one place or the other.
My Future Work Environment:
The future goal for my work space will be significantly different.
- I will have a private home office where I can close out the noise if needed.
- I plan on buying an RV or Sprinter van to travel and to office out of.
- I think it would be good to have a community office some place where people can get away to if there is no company office to go to.
- My goal is to transition to on-line business and someday chose to be truly free.
This is more of a semi-retirement plan where my wife and I choose to travel places all around the world. The goal will be to set myself up to work wherever we are. I would like to eliminate the need to hurry back home to get work accomplished. If we choose to stay in a new location for several months, then that will be home and work will continue.
My social life will continue to be my wife, children, extended family and new friends where ever we find ourselves.
My Final Thoughts on Workplace Freedom and Flexibility
Even though I have some experience working at home, I surely don’t have it all figured out. I have learned one thing though, and that is to test out my ideas ahead of time and always be flexible in how things actually do turn out, which I hope will help me to continue to feel free.