Working Remotely 101: The FormAssembly Team Weighs In
Director of Talent and Culture
I think the biggest/weirdest misconception about a remote workforce is that they are not working as hard as employees that are in an office.
In my own experience in the 10+ years I’ve been in HR, remote employees often work harder than in-office counterparts, and are constantly trying to demonstrate the work they are doing and foster their value with their respective leadership teams. When you give employees the ability and freedom to work remotely without someone constantly looking over their shoulder, they turn that around and repay the organization tenfold in work output.
It’s not uncommon for people to assume that I have an excessive amount of free time during the day. People are usually shocked to find out I have as many (if not more) meetings and scheduled events as someone who works in a brick and mortar office.
People are generally shocked when we tell them that even though my husband and I both work from home, our two year old goes to daycare. I usually follow up the shock with, “Have you ever tried to have an executive call with a two year old in the background?!” That generally answers their questions.
Some things people have said to me:
- So are you just on-call then? You don’t have to work all day?
- So is it a real job? Like you get paid?
- Oh wow, you must never get behind in laundry or cleaning then since you’re home all the time!
- You work from home? Do you think you could watch my kid for me?
Yes, I work all day. Yes, it’s a real job where I get paid. And no, I don’t have free time during my work day!
IT Operations and Security Officer
The first thing that gets mentioned as soon as people hear that I work from home is that it must be great not having to put in any effort since there is no supervision.
Very much the opposite. I am fortunate enough to not have to commute, so I am free to put in an additional few hours of work every day. I’m sometimes asked, “How does the company know you’re actually working and not slacking off?” It’s essentially the same way any employer knows whether you’re working or not. Aside from having the freedom to allocate the time in my day slightly differently, if deliverables and commitments aren’t being met, it’s pretty easy to tell.
I’ve been working from home for over 13 years, so I’ve had some doozies. A long time ago, it wasn’t as common as it is now.
I’ve had people ask if I could make money doing that, or if I just made minimum wage. People have asked me when I’m going to get a “real job,” because apparently working from home isn’t a “real job” and won’t pay the bills. I’m a single mom, and pay my bills just fine, thank you.