Welcome to my page of quotations about telecommuting, working at home, home offices, remote work, flexible workplaces, home-sourced employees, etc. Whether you’re a self-employed work-at-home person or a corporate worker away from your company’s office, these quotes are for you.
Stages of working from home:
– Yay I get to work from home
– It would be nice to talk to people
– I hope that pigeon sits in the window today
~Mark Agee, @MarkAgee, tweet, 2015
The refrigerator: number one job hazard of the home office. ~Cathy Guisewite, Cathy, 1998, cathyguisewite.com
A grandmother who writes fairy tales in her dining room doesn’t need pantyhose. ~Ethel Pochocki (1925–2010), “Still Acceptably Quaint, But Flirting With ‘Odd,’” 1996
On my fourth day of telecommuting I realize that clothes are totally unnecessary. ~Scott Adams, Dilbert, 1995, dilbert.com
When working from home, it can be hard to “turn off” at the end of the day. How much work is enough when you’re mostly managing your own time? To quote Jo Bennett from The Office, “If you can put your name on this day, and be proud of the amount of work you’ve done, then by all means, you should tootle on home.” If that means a slightly shorter, more restful Wednesday in favor of a long Thursday, so be it. Great work isn’t about hours spent but meaningful tasks accomplished. You’re done when you can proudly sign your name. ~Gregory Ciotti, “Lessons Learned from 6 Years of Working in My Pajamas,” helpscout.net, 2015
Dilbert: I have an ethical question about telecommuting… Do I owe my employer eight productive hours, or do I only need to match the two productive hours I would have in the office?
Dogbert: Well, when you factor in how you’re saving the planet by not driving, you only owe one hour.
Dilbert: And this meeting counts.
~Scott Adams, Dilbert, 1995, dilbert.com
Does calling in sick count as telecommuting? ~Bob Thaves, Frank and Ernest, 1997, frankandernest.com
This home/office telecommuting thing has my world upside down. Now, when I want to call in sick, I have to lie to my wife and come into the office and lie around. ~Gary Wise & Lance Aldrich, Real Life Adventures, 2007
It’s hard getting away from the office when you work from home. ~Mike Baldwin, Cornered, 2007
That’s the trouble with other work-from-home types… sometimes they’re actually working. ~Rob Harrell, Adam@Home, 2001
Day two of telecommuting is going smoothly. I have eliminated all optional habits of hygiene. My
You have casual Fridays. Those of us who work at home have shaveless Mondays… deodorantless Tuesdays… sockless Wednesdays… and of course, topless Thursdays. ~Rob Harrell, Adam@Home, 1996
Cathy: I’ve had a home office for more than a year… I work in a sweatsuit… set my own hours… and spread my jobs out all over the living room! What does this office possibly have to lure me back to the ego-sapping, back-stabbing, stress-filled world of corporate America??
Mr. Pinkley: Daily cleaning service.
Cathy: I’ll think about it.
~Cathy Guisewite, Cathy, 1998, cathyguisewite.com
Ahhhh, welcome to the paradox of the home office. The more flexible the arrangement, especially around kids, school and sports activities… the more likely one ends up twisted like a pretzel. ~Rob Harrell, Adam@Home, 2001
Commuter — one who spends his life
In riding to and from his wife;
A man who shaves and takes a train,
And then rides back to shave again.
~E. B. White, “The Commuter,” 1925 [He could’ve shaved at “work” if telecommuting had been popular in the 1920s!
To wash one’s hair, make one’s toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure. ~Sei Shōnagon (c.966–c.1025), “Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster,” The Pillow Book, translated and edited by Ivan Morris, 1991 [Okay, so clearly not about telecommuting in its original context, but it applies well to people who work at home yet still choose to dress for success rather than spending the day in pajamas.
Remote Work Quotations
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