Let's talk about WAH

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Let's talk about WAH
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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 4:29pm

If you have or had a job that could be done from home, was it productive?

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Registered: 10-07-2004
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 8:34am

Can WAH be isolating? I think it can be, if you let it. It's no more isolating than SAH, IMO. You can either make a point to interact with people or not to.

Can WAH be distracting? Absolutely. You have be self motivated.

I think I WAH in a different capacity than many here. My primary work is for a company that currently has a virtual staff of 30,000+. The company is highly supportive. The company not only supplies us with forums to connect with each other, but also hosts a social networking site exclusively for AH workers. The company also provides a mentor of sorts, not only as an informational resource, but someone who is always just a phone call or IM away to help give advice on some of the trials and tribulations of WAH itself. We have weekly conference calls available on subjects ranging from work topics to arranging your home office to time management skills and how to avoid burnout. We are even encouraged to vent within a virtual water cooler of sorts, without worry of job loss. As I am provided with a lot of tools and support to avoid some of the most common WAH issues, I don't feel isolated at all.

That being said, some days are more productive than others. It requires a little discipline.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 8:53am
This is very interesting. I haven't heard about this type of thing before. Thank you for posting.

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Registered: 10-07-2004
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 9:42am

You are welcome :)

Virtual call centers are really in their infancy and growing quickly. There's a bit of a backlash happening with the foreign outsourced call centers. Dell, for example, just announced that they are offering "American" customer and IT support for an annual fee.

There are a lot of applications for an on-demand call center workforce. I have a confidentiality agreement, but here's a hypothetical for you: during say, a natural disaster, there are organizations that have a purpose to assist people. The organization doesn't always have enough staff or volunteers for a massive overload. The on-demand agents I work with are already independent workers; training can take a matter of a 20 minute power point presentation... and viola, you have nearly instantly added a few ten thousand people available and ready to help take those kinds of phone calls. Or, let's say a TV program runs an hour long donation drive for something specific - lots and lots of calls in a very short period of time. It's very difficult to provide this in a non-virtual sense.

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 10:36am

I've never technically worked at home but I have brought home work to do and would wait until the kids were asleep to do it so I could have full concentration.

How much work would you be able to do at home being a lawyer? Do you work on more paperwork than being in trial?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 10:41am

"How much work would you be able to do at home being a lawyer?"


Plenty. A lot of my work is web based and PC based.


"Do you work on more paperwork than being in trial?"


I don't do trial work.


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Registered: 01-09-2009
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 10:45am
Oh, ok.
Personally, I would take the wah opportunity especially if your children are at school and you can work with no interruptions.
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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 11:48am
I currently WAH about 4 hours a day. I love that I can be home with my DD and still work. Luckily, the way I have set up my schedule allows me to work when DD is sleeping (most of the time) and it works for us. I'm not tempted to do other things around the house because, to me, this is my work time. It's a bonus to me to be able to work in comfy clothes and not worry if I'm having a "bad hair day". :-)
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 12:43pm

I have to get dressed in order to feel like I'm "at" work. It cues my mind that the day has begun. It's also one of my btdt mom's bit of advice for new moms--get dressed in the morning even if the baby has to wait for 2 minutes.

CHris

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 1:21pm
I don't have the option to WAH during normal work hours right now, but I might some day the way corporate America is going.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 1:22pm
is that,telecommuting?