Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 19, 2007
During the last few weeks I’ve recently got my first idea of what an extended leave from my family feels like. I have to admit I’m not crazy about it so far.
To give you all some background I have travelled a lot with my various jobs before this, but never for this long of a period. I’m going to be just shy of three weeks when I get onto a plane later this week (by the way, this is your fair warning that Friday’s post will be up very late). Being away has never bothered me that much before until this time. Why? I have to admit I think it has to do with the kid.
Before leaving my wife was difficult, but I knew she could handle it. Now she has been stuck playing single parent for the last few weeks and I feel guilty leaving her to handle all of that. Also I find after being home for a long period of time that the being away is hard for me as well. Overall it just isn’t worth the lose of my personal time being away this long.
So in light of all this I’ve been laying some ground work with the bosses and the IT people about doing remote projects. As of right now almost everything I have done down here that needed to be done in person could have been done in a week. After that they could have saved a small fortune and shipped me home early and worked out of my Regina office. Phone calls, email, internet and scanning documents could have easily covered the rest. I guess the big issue about this is getting people used to the idea of remote working. I’ll keep you all posted on how I do with getting them to accept the idea.