What is it Really Like to Work From Home?


As news started to spread about COVID-19, it seemed like in a blink of an eye most of the workforce started working from home. At the beginning of March, 46% of organizations had advised employees to start working from home. I would imagine that number has increased greatly.


Unfortunately, workers that are part of the essential businesses that have to stay up and running for now have to work. Those include, banks, grocery stores, public transportation, pharmacies, medical facilities, gas stations, and the like.


Non-essential businesses such as, hair salons, gyms, spas, movie theaters, etc all had to close.


So I was curious to hear from people what it's like working from home. I decided to reach out to the W Collective executive committee to ask them what their experience has been like.


Savannah Hobbs


When I was a freelance writer, I always worked from home, so when Purple made the announcement that we had to start working from, for the first few days I was having flashbacks.


What has been the best part about working from home?


Without a doubt, it's the extra sleep in the morning, because I typically have a long commute. Also, it seems that everyone is making an extra effort to stay in touch and communicate as much as possible. I feel well connected to my department and team, although it's been a little difficult to stay connected with other departments.


What has been the worst part about working from home?


Too many Zoom meetings! I'm definitely working more hours, which I didn't expect. Work life balance has gone out the window and it seems that some people in our organization are having difficulty figuring out priorities. They are responding to everything like it's a priority. Leadership needs to let people clock out, set boundaries and have an outlet. There has definitely been a lack of an internal communication network, so people have a place to go or someone to talk to whether they have questions about working from home or how the crisis is affecting them. Oh, and my husband is losing his mind, he needs to see people!


What are you binge watching on Netflix?


Good Girls - Season 2 just came out. I binge watched both the first and second season in two weeks. Very similar to the show Weeds. If you took Bad Moms and Breaking Bad and mixed it together, you'd get this show. Lot's of good actors you'll recognize from Mad Men and Parks and Recreation. 

Schitt's Creek - Andrew's never seen it before so I get to rewatch it with him. It's a wonderful dollop of joy with every episode. Especially good for those missing their families during shelter in place orders.

Tiger King - Didn't want to, but was tired of not understanding anything on social media. It's a bonkers show, but not particularly uplifting. Worth the watch if you're curious about all of the memes or love reality TV.


What does your work from home set up look like?



Kris Bowser


I have found so many positive aspects of working at home! While I feel extremely fortunate that I have the ability to do my job from home, I also realize there are so many who don't have this luxury and are hurting right now. 



What has been the best part about working from home?


It's been a powerful time for me and I've tried to be intentional about replacing fear with gratitude (thank you, Brené Brown). I'm enjoying staying home and saving money, prioritizing virtual workout sessions, focusing on my health, working on home projects, and enjoying time outside. I think introverts and homebodies had a great lifestyle all along!



What has been the worst part about working from home?


Let's start with the obvious—I'm certainly not missing the long commute and fighting traffic. It has been a bit challenging as an extrovert to be so isolated from everyone. It can be difficult to communicate and truly connect when we aren't in person. To avoid this having an impact on professional relationships, I have scheduled more 1:1 virtual meetings. Even a 15 minute call can make such a difference. I have also been very aware of the added challenge all leaders are facing right now. Leading when things are going smoothly is easy. It's when the unexpected happens that a leader truly has to step into action and ask more of themselves. And lastly, something weighing heavily on my heart and mind is the people around the world who are in abusive relationships, children in unstable or dangerous homes, who normally would escape to work or school but are now at home and potentially in danger. This is absolutely heartbreaking.


What are you binge watching on Netflix?


Watching Ozark on Netflix and also doing a bunch of LinkedIn Learning courses.


What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Influencer in a book club with our sales enablement team. Also reading Daring Greatly, Brené Brown and The Customer Success Professional’s Handbook.


What does your work from home set up look like?



Sarah Scott


Things haven't been too different for me, because I usually work from home. The major change is not being able to work from coffee shops or co-working spaces, and not being able to go to events.


What has been the best part about working from home?


I actually love being a hermit and I'm an extrovert saying this! I have also loved connecting with all my entrepreneurial friends to hear what they are all the doing during this time.


What has been the worst part about working from home?


Since I'm a freelancer, trying to hold onto clients and continue to find work has been challenging. Just making sure I have enough money to cover my expenses. And I'm not going to lie, there has been a few times when I've just been bored.


What are you binge watching on Netflix?


Let's take a wild guess... Tiger King of course, like the rest of the world. It’s too hilarious not to talk about!


What are you currently reading?


Startup Cities: Why only a few cities dominate the global startup scene and what the rest should do about it” by Peter S. Cohan and “The Essentials of Theory U” By C. Otto Scharmer


What does your work from home set up look like?



Amanda Walker


It's really been a mix of good and bad.


What has been the best part about working from home?


I have to tell you, I LOVE not having to commute right now. That has been really great. Or having to “dress up” everyday for work. I have to admit, I really enjoy working from home.


What has been the worst part about working from home?


I think everyone will agree and what the others have said, that nine hours of video or conference calls everyday is killing me! It's almost like this frantic need to be connected as much as possible right now or to make up for the fact that we are not physically in the office. It would be really nice if we could prioritize the calls.


What are you binge watching on Netflix?


Bingeing Ozark currently.


What are you currently reading?


Reading the Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni.


What does your work from home set up look like?



Becca Tomkinson


Before COVID-19, I was working from home for about half of the week, so we transitioned pretty easily.


What has been the best part about working from home?


The best part is skipping a commute and being able to jump into work more easily.


What has been the worst part about working from home?


The worst part is that work often goes much later into the evening since plans aren’t getting in the way. Feels like I’m on a straight loop of work and sleep.

What are you binge watching on Netflix?


I haven’t had much extra time to binge anything, but have been slowly working my way through Jane The Virgin and did catch the 1st episode of Tiger King.

What are you currently reading?


I’ve been reading the book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb


What does your work from home set up look like?



Well, there you have it! Life in the "new normal" of working from home. As for me, not much has changed at all, because I've been working from home for almost a year. I definitely miss going to coffee shops and co-working spaces to work and get out of the house. I also miss going to events and connecting with people face-to-face.


On the flip side, I've been challenging myself to stay as busy as possible at home. Participating on community Zoom calls and virtual conferences, checking out all the different online work out classes, working on home projects and appreciating the outdoors so much more, while social distancing of course.


What about you? What has been the best and worst part about working from home? What are you binge watching on Netflix and what are you reading? We want to hear from you! Leave your comments below.

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