Having the Choice to Telecommute

Yesterday the internet stopped working at our office. Our provider promised to send someone over to figure out the issue, but we weren’t sure how long it would take them to get here and then ultimately to fix the problem. Like many others, I rely heavily on the Internet to get my work done. Most of my responsibilities fall under marketing and sales, so a lot of the work I do takes place on the internet or phone. So what did I do? Well, I went home. And when I got home, I threw on some sweatpants and comfy socks and got right back to work.

It’s days like that when I realize how awesome it is to have VoIP. Telonium is a VoIP provider but we obviously use our own product too. While packing up my work stuff, I grabbed my office phone and once I was home all I had to do was plug it in. That phone meeting I was supposed to have at 2 o’clock? No need to cancel, I had it from the comfort of my home with a sleeping kitty sitting next to me ↽ business went on as usual. The day actually turned out to be pretty great because that was one less day of fighting the extra aggressive Atlanta holiday traffic.

Speaking of the craziness that is the holidays; next Wednesday, like millions of other businesses, our office will be closed for Christmas. So what do we do when a major holiday falls in the middle of the week? Can you fully enjoy your day off when it’s surrounded by work days? These were thoughts our company founder shared out loud recently. He ultimately decided we should all work from home Thursday and Friday. That gives us two more days to spend with loved ones, drink some hot chocolate, and relax while getting some work done from the coziness of our homes. That’s also two more days that I get to wear my sweatpants all day long and if that’s not a reason to appreciate VoIP, I don’t know what is.

If you would like to learn more about Telonium, have questions about the blog, or just would like to reach out, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me at @telonium.com. Happy holidays y’all!

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