Archive for November, 2005

Home Office Sick Days

How do you handle sick days when you are working from home? Whether you are working for yourself or telecommuting, there is a certain quandary about staying in bed and resting when your home office is just downstairs.

When you work in an office and you are feeling under the weather, it’s just too much trouble to get yourself together and get your butt to work. So you stay in bed and everyone is happy. If you did manage to make it to the office, invariably someone mistakes you for death and sends you home.

At home, you get no sympathy, it’s not “too” much trouble to make it over to your desk, and no one is afraid to catch what you have over the webcam or phone. So you trudge on. You don’t rest. And you stay sick longer.

Does anyone have a personal policy or philosophy when it comes to home office sick days? Leave your comments below.

Related Link: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

New Lemur Species Named after John Cleese!

Nothing serious here. I just saw this article on Yahoo that says a new species of Lemur was named after British comedian and Monty Python alum, John Cleese. They will call the critters “avahi cleesei”.

Why? Well if you remember the movie Fierce Creatures, you’ll recall a most hilarious scene involving these tiny Madagascar-dwelling creatures. Cleese also did a documentary called “Lemurs with John Cleese” to shine a spotlight on the plight of these endangered little guys.

Congratulations John Cleese!

More Taxes for Telecommuters?!

The United States Supreme court declined to hear a case involving a man that telecommutes from his Nashville home for a company based in New York. This leaves a lower court ruling intact that allows New York to fully tax 100% of the man’s salary.

Essentially, this ruling puts telecommuters that work for out of state companies at risk of taxation by multiple states. Currently only New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska have laws allowing this kind of taxation, but other states may pass similar laws to increase revenue. All is not lost, however, Congress is looking at a new law, the Telecommuter Tax Fairness Act, that may prohibit double taxation on telecommuters.

An article at CNET News goes into further details on the subject. Senators Dodd and Lieberman along with Representative Shay sponsored the Telecommuter Tax Fairness Act which is currently stuck in committee.

Home Office Distractions

I love working from home, but sometimes I have to deal with the distractions that come with it.

For instance, today is a beautiful fall day. I would love nothing better than to go out with my son and kick the ball around. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have meetings scheduled most of the day and I can’t really act on these distractions and leave the home office.

I knew I would have trouble in the area of distractions so I designed my office in such a way that it is hard to act on the distractions. I have a door to my office that allows me to shut off most interruptions. I also chose a room with no windows so I am not drawn away from my computer screen.

What do you do to stay focused? Do you rely on physical tricks like me, or are you adept at the mental side? Add you thoughts in the comments section below to share your ideas and observations.