This week there is one thing that I am extremely grateful for – the flexibility that I have because of working from home. Now, I’m not talking about the stereotype of the WFHer that sleeps in late and runs errands on work on time. I am talking about the flexibility to take my office with me wherever I go.
As some of you may know, we lost my father-in-law last month. He was a snowbird, so he had houses in both Ohio and Florida. My husband inherited the Florida house, so we decided to take a week-end trip down and start getting it cleaned out. Unfortunately, the first thing we found when we walked into the house is that the skylight in the kitchen had sprung a leak. We aren’t talking about a little water spot on the ceiling kind of leak. We are talking about a full-fledged put-a-bucket-under-it kind of leak. So, we changed my flight and called the roofer.
Since I had my laptop and all of my work gear with me I was able to just set up a home office in the Florida house and not have to take any time off to deal with house issues. I can put in a full day of work, and still be physically present for the repair people. It has been a lifesaver for me to be able to stay here and deal with everything, and it has been completely seamless to my employer. If I had a regular job these unexpected two weeks in Florida would have killed my vacation time for the year, thrown me way behind on all of my projects, and caused a huge burden to the co-workers who would have had to cover for me.
Another thing that I’m really grateful for? The gorgeous view outside my Florida office window.
It is a rough life, but somebody has to live it.