No, I won’t. The second I leave the office, work is over. At this point, I am going on hour ten and am a brutal combination of hungry and angry. The last thing I want to do is bring my laptop home to continue doing more work, but it is little fibs like this that the keep the wheels spinning and make the other person on the end of the line feel really good about the situation/emergency that has sparked the conversation.
The honest truth is there will not be an ounce of work done by this guy the second I walk into my house for three reasons.
1. If this situation has come up, it is at the end of the day when my brain is fried. I will be completely useless even I really did want to resolve the issue. 10 to 12 hours of productivity is all you are going to get out of me. If I have to go home to a couple more hours of work it will be very sub par.
2. I hate bringing work home with me. There needs to be a separation between work and home and it starts with me not answering your emails and trying to put out fires at the end of the day. See reason #1. You want a disgruntled employee? Go ahead – rob me of the four hours of the day I have outside of this place.
3. Working from home is never really work. Everyone knows that when you “work from home,” it means you log on to Lync or Gchat just to give the illusion that you are online handling business when really all that has been accomplished is you have skimmed through your inbox. The reality is that this guy has completely mailed it in if I’m outside of the office. If I need to get work done, it is going to get done in an environment that does not contain my XBox or a queen-sized bed.
The past four months have been spent on a job site far away from the comfort of my home and my wife. So even when I leave the job trailer after twelve solid hours, I’m not going home. I will be grabbing some food and most likely immediately heading back to a hotel room. My wife is not there, and neither are my pets. And the bed I lay on is completely foreign. But just because I’m not home doesn’t mean I am on business 24 hours a day. Sadly, I feel like this is expected even though most times, nothing is so important that it can’t wait until the next day.
We’ve all heard “Honesty is the best policy,” so maybe it is time to take a stand. Maybe it is time to start being a little more honest with myself and my employer. Maybe I should start saying “I’ll look at it in the morning. I’m getting the fuck out of this place and relaxing for a bit.”
Or something like that..
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