Top 10 Disadvantages of Teleworking


The advantages of working from home are well known and so frequently mentioned as “the new and coming thing” that I am heartily bored with the subject.

I have to declare an interest – I worked from home in Devon for seven years in the late 80s and early 90s, when it really was the new and coming thing, and it was great.
I had the first computer of anyone I knew, linked by phone line to the ICIS mainframe in Paris. Visitors would come and gawp at the strange contraption with its cups that would be connected to the phone receiver as the printer spewed forth thermal paper.
Now successive generations discover that, like wow, you get so much work done, and you save all that time commuting, and you can spend all day in your pyjamas, as they revel in this spanking new idea.
Now the Blog has to speak the unspeakable, and say what everyone who has worked from home for even ONE DAY knows to be true. It’s not unmitigated bliss working remotely. Here’s a few home truths.
The Blog’s Top 10 Disadvantages of Working from Home
1 The Cold – You don’t move around so much, so by mid morning your circulation has seized up.
2 Guilt - You know that they all think you’re skiving, so if you step away from the Yahoo Messenger screen even to make a cup of coffee, they will all know.
3 Cat on keyboard
4 Boredom – yes, it’s just you.
5 Getting stitched up by people in the office when you’re not there to protect your interests.
6 Blackberry in the bathroom (see 2)
7 No-one to go to lunch with, which leads to 7a: You’re late with all the hot gossip.
8 You never help anyone else out
9 No office birthday cakes, birthday pizza, foreign sweeties, celebration drinks BUT you put on weight from gorging all day on everything in the fridge.
10 New people don’t know who you are.

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One Response to Top 10 Disadvantages of Teleworking

  1. Robbo 26 February, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    Coming into the office benefits me in two important ways: I remain socialised and I get free heat/air conditioning as the seasons require.
    There are other great free benefits of being in the office: endless hot water, wearing out someone else’s carpets, chairs, the option of fantastic cooked breakfasts, someone cooking and washing up for me at lunch time.

    Staying at home alone to work (no spouse, no kids, no cats (ever)) means I can get more done, though (whisper it) I seem to get enough done in the office for the other people I work with.

    Working at home means that I can wait in all day for deliveries/visits from organisations that seem to operate in six-hour time slots, and I can whistle as much as I want with impunity.

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