Are you a remote worker? While you may love the occasional sleep-in or early Friday finish, not everything about being able to work from home is rosy. In fact, sometimes it can be hard working solo. Here are 10 things only remote workers will understand.
1 BYO treats and drinks
Colleague’s birthday? Friday drinks? You might be able to dial in to the office celebrations but you’ll have to bring your own cake and beer.
2 You miss the office goss
Who’s dating who? Who wore matching clothes? Who brought in the smelly lunch? You miss all the office chatter as a remote worker.
3 You have no reason to buy office attire
You’re just lucky if your pants and shirt are clean.
4 Falling asleep is a real possibility
Without a boss looking over your shoulder, falling asleep at your desk or on the couch is a remote working hazard.
5 Awkward meet-ups
You might chat and video call every other week, but when you finally meet your colleagues in person, it’s really awkward.
6 The forgotten invites
The birthday parties, the mid-year celebrations, the work drinks – as a remote worker, your invite always seems to get lost in the mail.
7 The guilt factor
Always having to prove you are actually working means you feel guilty if you take a lunch break or go offline for 5 minutes.
8 Being the last to know everything
Forget about getting news hot off the press, you’re lucky if you find out someone’s leaving before they’ve actually left.
9 No more free stationary
When you do make a rare trip into the office, you have to snag all all the colourful post-its, pens and highlighters you can.
10 Becoming a cat or dog person
Spending so much time on your own means you’ve officially become a cat and dog lover – after all, who else do you have to talk to all day?