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Working from home

June 8th, 2010 1 comment

Working from home from time to time is one of the benefits I really enjoy. My daily commute is around an hour each way, and even though I can fill this time with podcasts and audio books, it is nice to be without it.

You should be careful not to over do it, though, as it can spoil the good synergies you have with your colleagues. However, let’s be honest: working from home is a good thing. You save the transportation, you can spend the morning with your kids and open the door for the plumber, should she decide to swing by.

I came across the following guidelines of what to do and what to avoid, if you are so lucky that you can work from home:

  1. Do not leave your cell phone at home if you leave the house to go shopping or eat lunch.
  2. Pick up your phone – also if you are in the bathroom.
  3. Arrange some short phone meetings with people at work. They hate your guts because you are working from home and this will show them your commitment to your work – also when you are working from home.
  4. Avoid long and complex mail threads with your boss to early in the day as this may result in a call where you have to answer the question of where you are (even if you have been granted permission to work from home, then do not remind your boss of this).
  5. Do not drink alcohol early in the day, just because you are home. This also includes beer for lunch.
  6. Remember to send the long e-mail with lots of attached spreadsheets that your colleagues have been waiting several weeks for. This serves two purposes: 1) It demonstrates that you are in fact doing something and 2) You can be sure no one will react to what you have sent. It is far to complex and takes to much time to read so you get some peace and quiet.
  7. Do not leave your Elvis Costello album playing on the stereo with the volume turned to full throttle when you talk on the phone to your colleagues.
  8. Do not take the phone when you sleep. Let it wake you up. Splash then some cold water in your face. Then call back and say you were in the middle of something important. It may well be your colleagues are looking straight through you, but it was worth the try.
  9. Try to reach your boss very late in the day, but be absolutely sure he has left the office. This is the kind of attitude a boss likes. You are so engaged in your work, that you did not consider your boss might have left for the day when you called.
  10. Dress properly – do not work in your underwear. People will know. No one knows why, but people know if you are talking to them only wearing your undies or g-string.
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How To Get To Work

December 10th, 2009 No comments

Some years ago my family and I moved out of Copenhagen, away from our appartment and into our house. While it was great to get the extra space and not having to sleep in the livingroom, it did introduce a new element into our lives, which I just a few years previously would have forsworn would ever happen: we had become pendlers.

Until we moved I had always used my bikecycle to get to and from work, even when I had just over 20 km – a shower after each trip was required. Living in the city we also very seldom used our car. In fact we did not get one until our second son was almost a year old; now we have two cars and as I wrote in a previous post drive all over the place.

How do I get to work? Having 80 km to Copenhagen kind of rules out the cycling to work business. Initially I took the train, which was nice (when it was on time or ran at all) as it allowed you to actually use you time for something usefull: work, read, sleep, make love – yeah, you wish ;). At the moment I’m taking my car – properly not very PC these days, but public transportation to my current destination is just not practical.

The driving is actually not that bad. I leave early and hence avoid most of the rush hour traffic on Køge Bugt (a notorious stretch of freeway south of the capital). I’ve just had the handfree Parrot MKi9200 system installed in my car, which apart from allowing me to answer phone calls without breaking the law, also allows me to listen to my own choice of music and more importantly podcasts and audio books.

In an ideal world you would live next to your workplace, like my good friend Han Sen, who is able to walk to work in around 5 minutes, and at the same time you would have an ample amount of space at your disposal. In the real world, this is not always possible. We selected the space and fresh air over proximity and have never looked back. Sure my wife and I may well move back to the city once the children “have left the nest”, but that is another story.

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