Used to be one of the "you need to be in the office to have a good team spirit where everyone knows what is going on" types. Learned my lesson - even as team lead I prefer everyone working from home (as long as they have a good setup without screaming children and dogs running around them). Just so much easier to do pair programming, customer calls, etc when you know only the people who needs to be involved are disturbed by it. You do miss a few things, but for me the benefits by far outweigh the advantages.
Unfortunately in my new job starting December 1st I do have to be in the office more. Apparently building an extension to my home office and installing an industrial laser cutter with the necessary power cables is not an option... who would have known.
If there is a good reason to go into the office, then do it. It's better for collaboration, some home offices are insufficient for productivity, and the coffee is free.
However, if the reason you're asked to be under the watchful eye of the boss is due to either their incompetence to manage you remotely or their untrusting nature, it's time to look for a new boss. Self-reflection is needed to ensure you are in fact trustworthy and productive and not playing video games. That is, if the temptation at home is too great, there's a reason to go into the office.
I've been working from home for over 15 years now - we used to meet at the office once a week, then it went down to every 2 weeks, then once a month...then just for the Christmas lunch...and as of right now (Covid has nothing to do with it) I haven't been face-to-face with any of my coworkers for over 3 years.
I'd be okay with meeting with my coworkers maybe once a month, but honestly I don't really miss it either.
At this point - if I had to go back to an office full-time, no ifs or buts - I'd seriously consider retiring instead. No matter which job I've had throughout my entire career, the office has already been at least 45 minutes away, and traffic is even worse today than last time I had to commute. No thanks.
I've been working from home for almost 10 years. I no longer have an "office" at the Office. The development and testing infrastructures in my home office are much more seamless and better equipped than the virtual environments I would have to use at the office. If I had to go into the office even once or twice a month, my productivity would definitely decline. Furthermore, the office is 75 miles away (I live well out in the country), and losing three hours a day minimum to a commute is a killer.
Without posting anything too personal - where in the US are you?
I live 15 minutes from "the office" - but that place is a mushroom zone. The s/w group is in a back section of the building with no daylight what so ever. If a tornado came through, we might know about it. I have all of the equipment in my home office as I do in my "cube" and December means fiber in the house. In the north Georgia USA area, there has been an explosion of high end building "in the country" because people know it makes no sense to commute.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
Working with special hardware writing control systems. Ofttimes emulation is
OK but sometimes you just need to bump against hardware.
"Funny" thing is having worked from home off and on since 2011 I have a better
setup, better computer and monitors, better desk and chair than in the office.
Going into the office is like slumming around for the day.
I'm willing to start in an office for the first couple of months and then to touch base a few times a year if I must, so long as the vast majority of my work is done at home. A few times a month? Not a chance.
I've been mostly working from home for 20 years, as I'm the primary carer for my wife. As her condition has progressed I've needed to spend more and more time helping her. So now if I couldn't work from home I would have to give up work completely.
Luckily my company have been fine with this, and in fact they have now closed my office completely as, post COVID, everyone is working from home.
I usually work from home, but when I must deploy and test my work, I MUST travel to my customer location as I am an industrial programmer that program industrial machines and robots and, trust me, those does not fit in my dining room.
In any case I've found some customers that ask me to make the offline part at their offices. Usually, they change their mind when they start seeing bills regarding the commute.
I worked for seven years on small industrial machines and they were definitely bigger than any room of any house (including a freaking mansion) I lived in. And the power they need to operate is not something readily available in residential areas anyway.
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