WFH and avoid the 2nd shift?

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WFH and avoid the 2nd shift?
Sun, 01-10-2010 - 7:54pm

Is the Internet - and not the washing machine or the pill - the
technology that finally liberated women?

Let me know your thoughts...

January 10, 2010
The Medium
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I had a revelation recently: a woman's place is not in the home; it's
from the home! The good old home, with its dishes and dust, is, history
has shown, not quite satisfying in itself. But maybe it's a
headquarters! In fact, turn your attention away from the kitchen and the
bedrooms to the laptops, the cable, the e-readers, the smartphones, the
high-speed triple-play tangle. Tricked out with telecommunications that
could have serviced all of I.B.M. in 1950, the bourgeois home has become
a woman's base of operations. Try it: "Hi, boss. Today I'm staying home.
Staying from home. I'm working from home."

That phrase! Timothy Ferriss, in "The 4-Hour Workweek," the best-selling
manual of truancy and shirking, argues that the first step to living the
dream is persuading your boss that face time is pointless. No matter
what the open-plan evangelists say, no shareholder value has ever been
generated by colleague collisions at the copier or the CPR poster. The
way to bring glory to yourself and your company, as we all know, is to
put your head down and do your work - at home, ideally.

Telecommuting is a familiar story, but I must sing its praises again -
this time in a feminist key. For a century and a half, Mary
Wollstonecraft types have tried to empower women to leave the home to
work, shop, teach, learn, lead. Instead, without even marking the
moment, we superempowered the home. Now if a woman stays home she's not
unambitious or antifeminist; she is - in the acronym of mothering
message boards - a WAHM, a work-at-home mom, the most treasured of all
the mom options (stay at home = bored; work outside the home =
exhausted). This is good news. With technology that allows the WAHM to
be simultaneously inside and outside, at home and at work, public and
private, she no longer has to forfeit the manly rewards of grasping

For real. The dishwasher, the washing machine and the pill were supposed
to liberate us from something, but the superduper Internet, alone among
the great 20th-century technologies, has really nailed it. A woman of
any ideological disposition or domestic arrangement must answer her
e-mail. Therefore, a strategically arranged notebook computer,
positioned like a dad's broadsheet in the Eisenhower era, has become a
force field against domestic distractions. While you beetle-brow it
through your "work" - searching for your airline-rewards password,
finding out who Justin Bieber is, obsessing about freckles on

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Mon, 01-11-2010 - 11:09am

My thoughts: whoever wrote that article never worked at home with kids. They don't understand that mom is at home but still not available to them and that they can cause more interruptions than bosses and co-workers. Childcare usually is still needed when working at/from home. And while being able to work uninterrupted by bosses and co-workers has its advantages, there is the downside of not having anyone to bounce ideas off of or being on the spot when something comes up unexpectedly. The housework is still there whether you are working at home or away from home and can become another distraction. So does family members and friends unless you are very firm about "office hours".


The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Mon, 01-11-2010 - 5:11pm
Thank you so much for your comments, you make some very good points.
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Wed, 01-20-2010 - 6:32pm
I gotta say I love working from home, my kids are now in school during the day and this really works for me I dont have to call off everytime theres a snow day or someone is sick I make my own schedule Im the boss
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Wed, 01-20-2010 - 9:07pm
I go the opposite way, lol!
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Thu, 01-21-2010 - 12:54pm

Since I do contract work at home, I'm my own boss as well. But in reality, I have multiple bosses--my clients--who expect the work done on time, if not early, regardless of what happens in my personal life. Which is why I used dc and, later, after school care even though I am home during the day. I can't concentrate on work and watch toddlers at the same time. I couldn't when my kids were toddlers and I can't now that the grandkids are toddlers.


The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 7:05am
Same here, and I find it horribly stressful to try. It always feels like I am not giving the kid what she needs, nor the work. Working at home does make some things easier, like cooking, and I also get odds and ends done around the house when I need a break. But often I end up going to my office anyway, just to be able to focus better and make it clear to everyone that I am, in fact, working.

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 11:20am

is your online system called, "subfinder"?

WAH is something i know i couldn't do either.


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Registered: 04-22-2009
Sat, 01-23-2010 - 1:16pm

it's similar to "subfinder" but a different site.

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Thu, 03-04-2010 - 2:09pm