For those that work/write from home, do you think your time working at home is respected?
Do you think your time is as well respected as when you are working at in office or outside of the home? I tend to get phone calls and messages from people wondering what I'm doing all day when I've made it clear to them that I work out of a studio in my home. It's annoying. So annoying, that I shut my ringer off and listen to the messages when I want to instead of being interrupted every day by nonsense. I never received such phone calls when I worked at an office for many years, unless someone was genuinely interested in retaining my services.
I have written about this before and it can be a very real problem. I made it clearly known to friends that I had a job. Even my son has tried to tweak that rule and ask for rides somewhere and I've told him no! And yes, I have had to be rude about it at times. This is how I make my living. I don't call my friends at their job and I expect, and demand, the same respect and consideration.
In general, I don't think that people respect the time of people who work out of their homes as much as time of those who work out of an office. While I do not work at writing full time, and often work at odd hours, when I did have a business studio in my home, people felt free to call me any time to chat. I really think that it's perfectly fine to screen calls when you are working. It can also be a problem answering personal emails or chats. Sometimes the only thing you can do is turn off those features during your work hours.
I am studying, rather than working, but it is work to me. I have had to ask for space in a study room at university, because otherwise I would get nothing done!
Yes and no. My family and friends don't bother me during the work day. I have a neighbor however, who is constantly coming over to borrow the phone or have me take him to pick up prescriptions, etc. A few times I've had to take him to the hospital, but that's ok - I'm glad I was able to help.
I can see it from that point of view. I have several people that phone me constantly and then act like I'm not doing a thing. Even when I politely tell them that I'm working, they downplay it as if working from home isn't really working.
Working from home has so many benefits, but it does not include being at everyone else's beck and call. There have been times I've just flat out said, "no" because I was in the middle of something and couldn't afford the interruption.
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