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What’s up, losers? How’s the office treating you? It’s a little too cold, isn’t it? You know where it’s perfectly comfortable? My couch, where I’m working from today. I woke up at 9 a.m., and instead of going through the exhausting motions of showering and getting on a train packed with half-naked high schoolers heading to Lollapalooza, I decided to send my favorite email. That’s right. I’m working from home on a Thursday. Living the high life. But it wasn’t always like this. In the year that I’ve been with my company, the frequency of me working from home has drastically increased, and with it, has come a notable relaxation in the email I would send to my bosses. Let’s break it down.
The first time I ever worked from home, I was still an intern at my company, and desperately trying to get them to overlook their hiring freeze and let me come on full-time. The idea of working from home was still foreign to me, and despite all my bosses and coworkers only coming into the office between three and four times a week, I was very nervous. While usually people sent their emails first thing in the morning, I decided to take it a step further and send mine a full week prior, because I’m a fucking nerd.
Subject: Working From Home Request 8/14/17
I was wondering if I could work from home next Thursday (8/14). I have a 6pm flight out of O’Hare and it would help me be able to make it while still getting a full day of work in. I spoke with ***** and *******, and made sure they were ok with it. Let me know whenever you get a chance.
At this point, I had been hired on full time, and had gotten to know my coworkers and the company culture much better. I had gone on bar crawls with my boss, and played flip cup with his boss. However, I still felt that, as the junior on my team, I couldn’t just work from home all willy-nilly. I had at least stopped asking my bosses permission, mainly due to one of them telling me that he “doesn’t give a shit where I work from as long as I get my shit done, so stop asking me.”
Subject: Working From Home
I’m working from home today because I have a plumber coming in to deal with a toilet issue. I’ll be available via email, Skype, and at (408)-***-****. I’m currently on ******, *********, and ****** projects. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask!
“Next time eat more fiber and you won’t need a plumber.”
This is where they fucked up. I got a big ol’ promotion, and it went directly to my head. In seven months I had jumped from Intern, to Jr. Copywriter, and now I was a full blown Copywriter. You know who else had that title? Don Fucking Draper, baby. (Well, he was probably a creative director at his earliest point, but you know who was a copywriter? Season three Peggy, baby.) This is where I made the turning point from “working from home occasionally”, to “working from home every Friday,” and I never looked back. When you work at a company that has beer Thursdays and a fully stocked bar, Fridays can be tough to come in to the office. Especially when you know your whole team isn’t going to be there.
I’m WFH today. On *****, *******, and ******* projects. Available in all ways.
The response: None.
At this point, I was truly cemented in my company. I loved what I did, I loved the pople I worked with, and I loved our unlimited work from home days. Like most of my team, I worked from home every Friday, with few exceptions. My bosses knew that I went out with my volleyball team after games on Thursdays, and they could expect a “WFH” email on Fridays. We had an understanding.
Given that this email is reaching you at 2am, I think it’s fair to say I’ll be too hungover to take the train tomorrow morning. I’ll be working from my couch. I’m on ********, ********, and ***** projects. Hit me up on email or my cell. Fuck Skype, I can never get that thing to work.
The response: (Several gifs making fun of me).
So we had a bunch of layoffs last month. Luckily, I survived, but between the industry taking one of its cyclical downturns and our parent company being so bold as to demand actual profit from us, we had to let some people go. Office moral took a hit, as did my confidence in my job security.
Subject: Working From Home
Just a heads up that I’ll be working from home today. I’m working on ******, *********, ********, *****, *********, ********, and ******** projects. I’m available in all ways, and can come in if need be.
The response: “Thanks for letting us know! Enjoy your Friday!” .