Working from home vs. from the office

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I started working from home.

Let me draw a picture for you so that you can understand my situation.

I’m married, I have two small children (5 and 3) and I live in a two bedroom apartment.

The main reason why I wanted to work from home was to spend more time with my family. I was at the office 9 hours a day, with a minimum of 2 hours commute (in total). I was not spending enough time with my children and I felt that I was investing a lot more in work than in my children.

Another reason was that we, as a family, wanted the possibility to move where we wanted and maybe, in the future, to travel while working.

Here are my lists after 7+ years of working in Bucharest in offices and ~1 year of working from home.

Working from home

Pros

  • More time in general
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Spending more time with my family
  • You can move wherever you like
  • Not being tired all the time
  • Wanting to visit and travel more because I have more energy

Cons

  • Lack of social situations (but that can be arranged by going out with friends and at church, in my case)
  • No real separation between work and home
  • You have to “hunt” for silence if you have two kids (by working late/early)

Working in an office

Pros

  • Easier to learn/teach from/to people in person
  • Socializing everyday
  • Company events

Cons

  • Less time for family
  • Commute
  • Less flexibility (working in a range of hours, 1-2 days work from home, if you’re lucky)

If you have any pros and cos about these, feel free to share in the comments bellow.

If you’re interested in working from home, at OakBits we are always looking for people we can click with. For more info, you can reach me at radu@oakbits.co.

Finding meaningful work

As a developer it’s very likely that you receive at least once a week an email from a HR company regarding some jobs. This week was no different, but instead of writing the same response as always, I asked myself: What would happen if I responded with my thoughts about meaningful work?

This was a little bit difficult, because the first two feelings that flooded me were excitement and fear. Excitement because this was the first time that I would say something like that and fear because saying those things automatically made me ineligible for most the jobs that are on the market. I took e deep breath and I did it.

The response came…

I really appreciate your comments regarding an ideal role and a company. To be absolutely honest, you are not the first candidate I have spoken to, who has mentioned this subject in a conversation. Just a few weeks ago, I had a really good chat with an engineer, who was looking for a new role. He told me that he was literally inundated with proposals from companies operating within the financial services sector (banks, spread-betting companies etc), that he was kindly but firmly rejecting one by one. It simply wasn’t the space he wanted to focus his creative energies on. It was a matter of principles as well for him.

It turns out that I’m not the only loony in the world.

And as a bonus, I believe that I have tripped over the Holly Grail of finding meaningful work. Unfortunately for developers, not all jobs posted are in the IT field, but at least there are some.

ReWork.jobs

You complete your profile, pick the areas you would like to work in and wait for them to contact you with job opportunities that fit your profile. Unfortunately, this site is only for jobs in the US (to bad for us).

BUT – and that’s a big but (giggles) – the great thing is that they have connections with all kinds of other organizations and sites that want to do good.

After you create your profile, you will find 4 categories in the Career Resources section.

  • CAREER STRATEGY FOR MEANINGFUL WORK. An overview of how they recommend approaching your career development.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Resources for gaining skills, building your network, and becoming a top-performer in your field.
  • JOB BOARDS. Find non-ReWork job opportunities from the top job boards in Impact.
  • OTHER RESOURCES

Man, I love their vision:

We believe that no one should have to choose between making money and making a difference. We believe that organizations working day and night to improve people’s lives deserve the most talented, committed, and passionate professionals out there to support their efforts.

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This generation of leaders and innovators will not settle to work for companies that can’t see beyond business-as-usual, or refuse to do their part.

I hope you are as excited as I am. If you tried some of the resources from this site, please share your experience in the comments below.