Telecommuting, or working from home, is a great option for those seeking flexibility and greater job satisfaction. I want to strongly urge black women to seek this option for themselves as a means of leveling up career-wise. Working from home can reduce work-related stress and allow black wives and mothers to support their families better while simultaneously affording the woman the opportunity to grow a side business of her own.
Having worked from home exclusively for five years, I can say without a doubt that I love being able to earn a full-time salary while also being available to my family in case something happens. None of us plan on it, but sudden trips to the pediatrician happen. The school nurse may send your sick child home. Or, the weather might be glorious and you decide on an impromptu beach day. It’s great to be able to shuffle work duties around as needed in these instances.
Telecommuting is also less stressful than working in the office. Many of the tropes that get attached to black women in the workplace become easier to dodge when you don’t have to see your coworkers on a regular basis. The convenience of working from your home environment could also boost your productivity because at home there are not nearly as many distractions as one might find in the workplace.
The assumption is often that employees who telecommute should be monitored more closely because they are not as productive/responsible as the ones in the office. Yet, I have seen the opposite be true of myself as well as my subordinates. It seemed my level of commitment to projects went up when I was trying to balance satisfying my work responsibilities and also making time for a fun evening of movies and homemade pizza with my kids.
Similarly, I like being able to work in an environment that is comfortable without being monitored, as what often happens in office environments. Micromanagement can often interfere with work processes, and at home without a boss walking by my desk ever so often, my work processes become streamlined.