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  string(2646) "I recently returned from a holiday in Ireland. While I was not working, a lot of my friends were "working from home". Most of them were in a similar position to me, Irish expats working in NYC, Canada and London who have made the trip back home to visit friends and family.

The premise here was that working from home would avoid depleting precious stores of annual leave – which we can all relate to! Doing what I do in recruitment it is next to impossible to work if you are not in the same city, mainly due to the time difference and internet connectivity.

As I sat in one of the girl’s houses sipping on a glass of wine, 3 of my friends had their laptops on in the corner and I thought to myself: ‘How? How is this actually working from home?’ We were all around the fire chatting and drinking from the same bottle of wine.

I could have easily turned on my emails and have done a quick 20 minute Skype call but in recruitment that's just not the done thing. In my opinion, it's all or nothing.

I remember my partner last Christmas was working from home but we were still in Sydney and he was always on the phone and had remote access with a great connection. Regardless, that time was still being deducted from his annual leave balance.

Now don’t get me wrong, these girls are some of the hardest workers I know, but at the same time it really made me think. When people say they are working from home, are they really? Or is it just a cop out so you don't have to log holidays or sick days? Or do you see it as an important component of work / life balance?

If you are working from home, how much do you actually work?

What are your thoughts on working from home? Do you have your phone in hand, and emails open, ready to tackle whatever a normal working day throws at you? Or are you on the couch with a glass of wine watching the hunger games?

I’d love to know what people's definitions of working from home are and how companies manage staff who are working remotely.

Please let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section, or Tweet me @Imogen_CP.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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I recently returned from a holiday in Ireland. While I was not working, a lot of my friends were “working from home”. Most of them were in a similar position to me, Irish expats working in NYC, Canada and London who have made the trip back home to visit friends and family.

The premise here was that working from home would avoid depleting precious stores of annual leave – which we can all relate to! Doing what I do in recruitment it is next to impossible to work if you are not in the same city, mainly due to the time difference and internet connectivity.

As I sat in one of the girl’s houses sipping on a glass of wine, 3 of my friends had their laptops on in the corner and I thought to myself: ‘How? How is this actually working from home?’ We were all around the fire chatting and drinking from the same bottle of wine.

I could have easily turned on my emails and have done a quick 20 minute Skype call but in recruitment that’s just not the done thing. In my opinion, it’s all or nothing.

I remember my partner last Christmas was working from home but we were still in Sydney and he was always on the phone and had remote access with a great connection. Regardless, that time was still being deducted from his annual leave balance.

Now don’t get me wrong, these girls are some of the hardest workers I know, but at the same time it really made me think. When people say they are working from home, are they really? Or is it just a cop out so you don’t have to log holidays or sick days? Or do you see it as an important component of work / life balance?

If you are working from home, how much do you actually work?

What are your thoughts on working from home? Do you have your phone in hand, and emails open, ready to tackle whatever a normal working day throws at you? Or are you on the couch with a glass of wine watching the hunger games?

I’d love to know what people’s definitions of working from home are and how companies manage staff who are working remotely.

Please let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section, or Tweet me @Imogen_CP.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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