Working from a home office has its benefits:
- I schedule my own time.
- Wardrobe costs are low.
- I can multi-task with the occasional load of laundry.
But, there are downsides, too. For me, one of the most significant is this:
- Working at home can get lonely.
(My sentiments are confirmed in this recent article at Huffington Post.)
This time of year can be especially rough, and every December, I find myself getting a bit more nostalgic than usual. When you work in an office (or in my case, a lab), you tend to take all the holiday socializing for granted. It’s just a natural part of the hustle and bustle of the season.
Things are different when you work at home, though.
My dog refuses to comment on my jingle bell earrings. There are no no gingerbread coffee aromas drifting from the break room. (Oh, who am I kidding? There is no break room, either.) And, I’ll admit, the FedEx deliveryman did look a little perplexed when I tried to engage him in an enthusiastic debate about the pros and cons of online shopping.
So last week, I had a revelation:
Why not throw a virtual office party for all of us who work at home? Why not use Twitter to connect with colleagues and spread some holiday cheer?
And now, that’s the plan. This week, @anyadowning and I are teaming up to host a home office party on Twitter.
Please join us! We’re getting together on Twitter this Thursday, December 16 at 3:00 pm, Eastern. Use the hashtag #homeofficeparty.
It will be fun, free and low-calorie. Dress is casual. Conversation will be lively.
Stop by to say hello. Sip some (virtual) eggnog. And spread some good cheer.
Jingle bell earrings are optional –but, I’ll be wearing mine.