Its been completely an year that I haven't known how my office looks like! But pretty much know what each of my colleagues is up to :) I have just been missing my office building and not the office environment and I really thank IBM, my team mates, my management and my family for allowing me to have such unique experience.
After "Ananya", my 11 month old daughter, I chose to work from home. As I said, earlier, till today not once have I felt "Why am I working from home". I never missed an opportunity to network with my colleagues, friends.(of course over the phone call). Never missed a meeting. Never missed a demo or presentation or a discussion. Being away from office is not actually stopping me from doing anything that I used to do earlier. My home is my office away from office.
People made sure I am into all of them "Completely" by connecting me through phone, net meetings and other means.The meetings are always planned in advance with meeting ids. Always there is some one out there who remembers to call me in for our daily scrums. Be it team meetings or plan for any sprint cycles,,I am there !
The best was-- we had a session on Assertive skills by my friend Aparna and in the end there was a role play. My team never left me alone there too..I was taking that session over the phone and they made me take part in role play as well and I bet I did well too.. Cheers you all out there ! Thank you very much for your support.
At home each one of them co operate to understand my dual needs.
Even my lil 5 year old daughter :). Really feels good to have such
wonderful people around me ! Thanks to all of you out there!
So what have I missed then ? Of course I have missed going to lunch and little walk with my friends @ office. Missed couple of get together! Missed having a chit chat over a cup of tea. Missed sitting with my team mates and discussing over the problems that we have. Missed the little jokes we crack while we work.
I have also "not so missed" 3 hrs of travel time, Rs 300 daily fair, stressed days and much more may be ! How ever I may not be missing all these shortly ! Would be back to office some time soon and will have to start getting adjusted to new life style again !
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