Quote from SpotAlbert
Westieluv, I'm assuming by your profile picture and your username that you have at least one dog. I think I'd like working at home, but I'm afraid I'd be in the middle of a call, and my dogs would look out and see a squirrel and start barking their heads off! How do you maintain a quiet environment? Thanks for any info you can give me.
I just now saw this, sorry!
I no longer work from home because we lost my husband's benefits and my company did not provide them so I am going back to work in a chronic dialysis unit.
In retrospect, one thing I really did not like about working from home was the background noise issue. If my husband was home, he would have the TV on. He works hard all week so I don't think it's fair to ask him not to relax and watch a baseball game or whatever when he's home. However, I did not have a closed off work space, just a small office off of our foyer and close enough to the living room that I could hear the TV, him talking on the phone, etc. On the flip side, my phone constantly ringing and me talking on the phone was also disturbing him, especially when I worked until 1 am and he had to go to bed early to get up for work.
Working from home was nice for a while. It gets lonely, and I'm actually an introvert who loves being at home who learned that I always took it for granted that having coworkers to bounce things off of, vent to, etc. can be very nice. I also found that having all of the stress and paperwork from my job in my home, which is my haven and place to go to "escape" my job was not good either. I look at the desk where I worked now that it is completely cleared off and go, "Ahhh...that's nice!"
As far as my dog, she is actually relatively small and quiet, and I mostly worked evenings when she was winding down for the day, so no issues with her.