Hey Yahoos: Here’s Why I Really, Really Love Work at Home

Now that everyone has calmed down about Yahoo pulling their ‘’Work From Home” program and making those Yahoos working from home come back to the barn, I finally wanted to comment.

“I LOVE work from home.”

You can quote me on this.

I know, I know – all you big business, strategic HR types have come out and given us WFHers a real earful. Good for you strategic HR pros! It only took you the last 10 years and a Great Recession to figure out you better get on the business side of things and jump off the sinking employee boat!

Why my wife works from home

Well played. Screw work-life balance – nobody wants to support those kinds of crazy programs! We’re  HR Business partners – not HR Employee partners.

Yes, I love WFH because my wife works from home. And what they say about WFH employees is exactly correct – she faces communications challenges every single day.

She doesn’t get the respect or appreciation that non-WFH employees get. and getting people to understand the amount of work you do is almost impossible. Everyone wants to change positions with her, believing it is easy. Every day is a struggle, but at the same time, a blessing.

You see, my wife is a stay at home mother. She is raising three smart and well adjusted boys to go out into the world. Boys don’t communicate very well – it’s a challenge she faces everyday. Children have a hard appreciating all that their mother does for them, and her husband doesn’t appreciate her enough.

It’s hard, financially. We don’t have brand new cars. We don’t have a second lake house. We don’t go on Disney Cruise vacations. We are saving for three college educations, while at the same time, attempting to give our kids all ‘those things we never had.

“The best decision we have ever made”

Our WFH arrangement is the best decision we have ever made.

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I’m envious many days of my wife’s WFH job. While it’s a job I could not do successfully, she gets to see some of the most wonderful moments of my kids lives — things I will never get to see. She has a relationship with my children I’ll never have. And she has sacrificed most of her career and professionalism to raise three young men.

We are winning.

I hear you; a Stay at Home Mom is not the same as the WFH Yahoos. You’re right; instead of Yahoo paying for my wife to “WFH,” I’m paying her. I’m not asking a corporation to pay my wife a full-time salary to raise my family. The fact of the matter is that organizations who are failing, like Yahoo, can’t sustain paying employees to work at home and raise their family.

Raising your family isn’t a part-time job, so who’s getting the short end of the stick – Yahoo or your kids? “Well, I don’t have a family and I was a WFH Yahoo employee.” Good for you, but it begs the question – if you didn’t have to be at home to raise a family or take care of a loved one, why were you working from home to begin with?

Regardless, I love my Work From Home arrangement. I just wish more people would find a way to do it.

This was originally published on Tim Sackett’s blog, The Tim Sackett Project.

Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR is executive vice president of HRU Technical Resources, a contingent staffing firm in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of HR and talent background split evenly between corporate HR gigs among the Fortune 500 and the HR vendor community ? so he gets it from both sides of the desk. A frequent contributor to the talent blog Fistful of Talent, Tim also speaks at many HR conferences and events. Contact him here.

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