If you have a career in which you spend a majority of your day in front of the computer or on the phone, then you could and should do your job from home, at least partially. You would be more productive working from home, and you would be happier. The reasons are obvious.
First of all, think of all the time you would save. My commute to work is about 15-minutes. I’m a teacher, so unless I become an online teacher, I’ll always have to make that commute. My commute is also much shorter than the average person’s. Say an accountant has a 20-minute commute to work and it takes her 45-minutes to get ready in the morning. Over an hour is already wasted.
Now, imagine that same accountant waking up, taking a shower, having breakfast, and then sitting down at the computer to work…in her sweatpants. That accountant is already in a better mood for not having to sit in traffic or put on makeup.
That accountant doesn’t have to go to the office and read a memo about keeping the microwave clean. She doesn’t have to sit in a pointless diversity seminar or be interrupted by annoying co-workers. Now at lunchtime, she can just go to the fridge instead of waiting in line at the cafeteria or restaurant.
But, but, but….
What about face-to-face meetings? Use Skype, which was invented in 2003.
What about accountability? Either the work’s getting completed or it’s not. THE END. It’s that simple.
Now, if you could easily work remotely but you’re not allowed to, I would suggest looking for a better company to work for. Your boss is likely a control freak with an outdated management style. He lives in the 80’s and probably doesn’t know what Twitter is. He needs to physically see you working in order to believe work is getting completed. If he’s that type of person, he probably would also write you up for being 3-minutes late to work.
Get out when the opportunity presents itself. Most work sucks, but it doesn’t have to suck that bad.