bunn (bunn) wrote,

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Working from home

I have noticed several times over the recent snowy weather that working from home seems to be used as a euphemism for taking a day off.   I also note that there have been the usual blanket annoucements that the country has lost X billion pounds because some people have not gone to work.

This makes me a bit grumpy.  No doubt there are lots of people who have seized on an excuse to take a day off. And there are people who cannot do their work if they aren't in a specific place.  And there are people whose jobs are very linear and cannot make up the work not done one day the next, or by working faster.  There are even people whose work is really urgent and important, though my own feeling is that there aren't half as many of those, as people who would like to think of themselves as important...

I work from home all the time. You can get quite a lot done working from home.  Often you can get more done, because offices often aren't very good places to actually do work, filled as they are with people wanting a chat, people creating a drama, people wanting advice and technical support, gossipping, procrastinating, making coffee, relocating furniture,  sharing rude videos...

I am very dubious that the country loses £billions because some people didn't make it to work for a couple of days.  If they walked through the snow, fell over and broke a leg, would that not put them out of work for much longer, not to mention making extra hassle for the emergency services guys whose work really is genuinely important?   

Plus, school closures.  Why on earth not...?  It's not like a couple of days off school is going to imperil anyone's entire education, whereas given that we don't get snow that often, surely there's an argument that allowing children to experience will in itself be a learning experience: probably a more enriching and useful one than double geography.  

Old people's services. Surely when everything is covered in ice, putting off the Old People's Tea for a couple of days is not a failure, but a sensible measure to prevent piles of damaged pensioners building up on the pavements?

It's OK to work not in a workplace.  Actually, I think it's OK to slack for a day and then work really hard the next day: if you have that sort of job then probably that happens whereever you do it anyway. Working and learning doesn't only happen in schools and offices, or when specially organised! 
Tags: rant, snow, work

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