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Schrödinger's Pussy
Observing a box has never been this much fun
It's Friday, and I have work to do. 
22nd-Aug-2008 08:27 am
The toughest thing about working from home is looking at things you 'want' to do, that you 'like' to do, that you'd 'rather' do, and know that you're being paid good money to ignore those things and produce something of significant value on par with your peers that need to physically be in the workplace.

Another tough thing about working from home is weathering snarky comments from coworkers who do not have this option.

Dear Snarkers,
I am truly sorry that we all aren't treated the same. The fact is, that there is no reason to treat us all the same. We aren't the same, our jobs are different, and we are all compensated to the best of our negotiation skills.

I have paid the dues to have this benefit. I wanted it, I worked very hard to get here, and I chose a position that would warrant this benefit. You can do the same if you want. Your comments make me feel as though you'd like to deny me this benefit because it's not an option to you.

You think that I have it easy, somehow. That I am getting undue special treatment. The fact is that I have to work harder, smarter, and more diligently so that no one can fault my performance and take away my hard-earned benefit. I do not have many of the team-bonding benefits that you have. I am often forgotten about because I am not so readily visible. I do not have the physical access to the chain of command that you do. Because of my position, I also do not have the ability to enter the contests and rewards programs designed for your position. You can make quite a bit of cash in your position with incentives that I cannot participate in, and I don't resent that at all. It's not as high a priority to me.

I guess what I'm saying is that we can't have it all. We have to choose what's personally most important and work to realize our goals. Some of us will make it, some of us won't. That, dear Snarkers, is Life.

Blazing my trails,
The Bohemian
23rd-Aug-2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
I like it. I know it's sometimes easy to get jealous of people you think have it easier or better than you do. You really did a good job of pointing out that different doesn't always mean worse.
25th-Aug-2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, cram it with walnuts, ugly!
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