05 Aug Home office’s worst problem
Since I was a kid, my grandfather told me about being an adult and having a job, usually in a very romantic way, he would refer to it as “all men’s bride.” Very old school if you ask me, my grandfather was very hard working, he used to spend his time working at a factory, earning enough to sustain his family but at the expense of breaking body slowly but steadily. His son, my father, would grow with several of these ideas on his head, but would usually try to achieve thing differently, instead of working at a factory, he educated himself until he got a degree as an accountant and found a job in a company. My Grandfather was pleased with his son’s success but he would also try to undermine his efforts and choices as “not what a real man does” due to the lack of “physical effort” office jobs have.
Today my Grandfather is not around anymore, and for some reason, my father would keep a very similar attitude towards me when he found out I was a freelance home-officer, apparently my father wasn’t able to understand how someone can work from home, just like my grandfather wasn’t able to understand how can a man work inside a tiny cubicle with a strange TV in his face.
Times change, and the older generations will always disagree with the newer ones, usually about the way they act and understand the world, that is a no-brainer, but the main problem with this way of thinking is that it gets in the way of progress. When you run a business and stick to archaic ways of working, especially since home office is proving to be more and more effective, being able to save money not just for your employees but also to your business, lower risks of accidents at the workplace, not to mention that it allows you to maintain operations when there are events like pandemics. Now more than ever people is able to take advantage of this practice but at the same time I have talked with many people that run small companies and they seem to think of home office as game, or some crazy invention of a lunatic. It disappoints me sometimes to see that people miss the chance to improve their businesses just because they are not willing to see beyond or think outside of the box, it makes me feel like they don’t care about growing and just being and working better.