Many of those who know me (probably my only blog readers) know that I started a new job at the beginning of the year.  At that time, I started working from home full-time, with the occasional trip to the client site.

Working from home had many positives and a few negatives.  On the positive side, I saved a lot on gas, I have been able to spend a lot more time with my family, and I've been able to take care of things at the house that I would normally have to take time off for.  At times, my focus was really improved because the distractions of an office environment were practically nonexistent.   At others (especially during the summer when the kids are out of school), it was difficult to focus on my work.  Other drawbacks include working long and strange ours (it has been hard for me to "leave" the office") and the lack of collaboration.  I've stated before that I feel pretty strongly about how a team can deliver a higher quality product than a single individual.

Well, yesterday we moved our small company (four people) into our new office.  Our office is actually a one bedroom apartment.  We are using a closet for our server room and the bedroom as our conference room.  The living area is where we have all of our desks set up.  We signed a 6 month lease to give us the opportunity to see how well the arrangement works out.

In the coming weeks I'll be able to form some new opinions about working from an office versus working from home.  I've already negotiated with my boss to work from home one day out of every two weeks.  He and I will alternate.  I think that will allow me to keep some of the benefits of working from home.  We'll see.

Actually I am excited about this change.  I think it will help the four of us build some camaraderie.  I'll still be able to see a lot of my family because my commute is only 15-20 minutes (I live in Houston where the average commute is probably an hour and a half).  And, I'll be able to put work aside more easily (I hope).

posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 10:26 AM
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