Do engineers need to work more at home?

No, really, I’m asking. I’m on the fence of this.

I think there are many jobs that I can’t do at home. One of them is a civil engineer. I used to be a microscopist. I can’t even imagine asking for “work from home” for that job. However, being an engineer who can do it from home has a clear side. And I insist that they can be done so better. It certainly helps to spend the day at home uninterrupted once a week to plan, keep up with paperwork, write reports, and design with confidence. On the contrary, what about all potential interruptions?

I was definitely the cause of those interruptions. I didn’t know what really worked, as I did when I was a graduate engineer, so I always had to be careful. Being a trainee, or even a trainee, is not really suitable for remote work. Too much personal interaction is required. But what about all the little things, like understanding the meaning of a scribbled note that someone left in a file, or giving a CAD technician a two-second answer to a question that stagnates a project? These are definitely problems that can be solved by phone (or Zoom, Teams, Slack, etc.), and it’s not that you’ve never left the office for site visits or personal reasons. Therefore, dealing with remote workers is not a new challenge. But the scale people are starting to do is offering a very new opportunity.

A golden, unobtrusive “balance between work and life” opportunity.

I worked to the end at home … forever, and now seeing people come back to the office, we see workers requesting remote work everywhere between 1 and 5 days a week. I am. I’m really torn. I love working from home at least two days a week. I know I’m really productive at home and have limited time in the office, so I’m more productive myself when I’m there too. But I’m also the one who started a new job and spent the first four to five weeks with no one to support them or get them involved in the project. Where is the use in it?

One of the big reasons I’ve heard to support telecommuting is how much commuting time saves people. I made some horrifying commute during my time. Really terrible. I had to leave the house in total darkness at 4:30 am to start a two-hour or longer commute, including buses, trains, walks, and sprints (between stations), freezing It was raining cold. ..I packed the train with 2.5 hours of commuting and there were 6 changes in 90 yearso o 90% heat and humidity. The worst was the commute that started at 4am, when my dad came to my bedroom and said, “Now, I’m going in 5 minutes. Do you still need a lift?”

But I had no problems with those commute, and I never asked to work from home. why? Because all of them had an end date. I knew how long it would take to be able to quit that horrifying commute (either at the time), so I saw the end and I kept going. Well, if any of those situations were indefinite, I don’t know how to deal with it. For some people, taking a few days off from commuting is as good as a vacation. That is, from the stress of ferry delays and cancellations, rush hour traffic doing things other than rush, or waiting for a school bus you know to recognize your car and block you every day. You can beat the break.

So do engineers need to work more at home? Can you balance your training needs with the flexibility of working from home? Discussion. But don’t tell me you need to monitor them. This is not a problem of lack of trust. This is a question about improving productivity.

About the author:

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Rae Taylor is an engineer with extensive experience in advanced material characterization techniques. She has an award-winning PhD. The field of materials science focused on the analysis of microstructures using an electron microscope. Prior to her research in materials science, she worked in the clean and wastewater industry. Throughout her career, Ray has extensive experience in project management and lab management, including team building, process engineering, construction monitoring, safety management, and quality assurance. She has over 10 years of experience in designing, developing and testing experimental procedures. Rae is team oriented and has extensive experience in education and tutoring, both in the work environment and in the classroom. She has presented her work to a diverse audience, from scholars and industrial professionals to the general public, with a particular interest in elastic development, whether it’s the whole material or the infrastructure.

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