I’ve been a work-at-home dad for a few years now, and despite what you may think, it can be as much of a curse as it is a blessing. I read Mike Spohr’s take on his experiences, and most of it rings true for me (except the part about missing the weird guy from Accounting – Stanley, I never cared for your World Of Warcraft stories, and telling them to me while we were both parked in front of urinals didn’t help).
I’ll preface these tips with this: if your company allows you to work from home, consider yourself lucky. I’m a recruiter/HR consultant by trade, and as such have been able to leverage technology – all I need to do my job is a laptop and a phone, and over the past five years, my employers have recognized that I can and do actually work smarter and harder from my home office than from a cubicle, with its myriad distractions. Most of us, though, work in fields that require at least some time in an office or workplace. If you’re a dad and are testing the Work-From-Home waters, here are five tips that will save you headaches, heartaches, and possibly your job.