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AIBU to ask what your WFH jobs are

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dobbyssoc Mon 01-Jun-20 11:41:44

Wondering if people could tell me what jobs they do and in what industry that allowed WFH before covid hit? I have never come across one that will even entertain the idea but with DC I would really appreciate that flexibility but they don't seem to exist (not in the immediate future but in the coming years!)
AIBU to feel like they don't exist!

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lojoko Mon 01-Jun-20 11:42:46

Software developer.

ChorltonWheelie Mon 01-Jun-20 11:52:54

Software Developer as well

PersonaNonGarter Mon 01-Jun-20 11:53:12


WeirdAndPissedOff Mon 01-Jun-20 11:53:13

The company I work for is veterinary - obviously the clinical and front of house staff can't work from home, but they've always been very good at letting those who are able to do their work from home to do so (part-time):
- management
- marketing
- finance and accounts
- business intelligence, analysts etc

Now that Covid has hit most of these jobs are now being done close to fully from home, with time in the office scheduled in where necessary, and measure have been taken to allow further staff who couldn't previously work from home to do so:
- HR
- Insurance (call centre included)
- Credit control
- Secretaries

Most of our communication is done via e-mail or conference calls, and we have a central server where we can all access files, clinical notes etc, so while there are always some things we need to go into the office for, it's possible to do lot of our work remotely.

AriettyHomily Mon 01-Jun-20 11:53:49

I work in procurement

BigSandyBalls2015 Mon 01-Jun-20 11:54:45


lojoko Mon 01-Jun-20 11:55:11

Highly recommend it for women as often office hours start at 10 even if you do go in so you can do the school run. It IS a boys club but not insurmountably so.

karmakameleon Mon 01-Jun-20 11:55:28


mrsbyers Mon 01-Jun-20 11:56:10

Manager of finance team in Civil Service - all wfh for at least another few months

Prawnofthepatriarchy Mon 01-Jun-20 11:58:13

My health doesn't allow me to work any more but previously I had my own web design business. It's perfect for WFH. You can work any time you want and you don't need a posh office. I used to work when the DC were at school and after they were in bed. Ideal. Plus clients don't usually want lots of work over Christmas or the summer holidays.

Sexnotgender Mon 01-Jun-20 12:02:14

I work in data analytics.

LemonBreeland Mon 01-Jun-20 12:04:43

I work for a pharmaceutical company. My particular company were a bit backward before lockdown, but after lockdown I think the percentage of people in the office full time will be very small.

ErickBroch Mon 01-Jun-20 12:05:53


WeirdAndPissedOff Mon 01-Jun-20 12:06:28

That said, I think the biggest issue preventing employers allowing employees to work from home is trust. (Rightly or wrongly).
The majority of our employees worked from the office most of the time, and the ones who did work from home were either the workhorse-type staff or management, so I suppose there was never any question over whether they would work efficiently from home.

Willowkins Mon 01-Jun-20 12:07:13

Currently an administrator working for s charity - previously a civil servant.

Oysterbabe Mon 01-Jun-20 12:07:13

There was some WFH before all of this but there will be a lot more from now on. We were looking at getting a new office anyway and I think we're going to save money by getting a smaller one and taking it in turns WFH. It has worked very smoothly for us, virtually no drop in productivity.

DemelzaRobins Mon 01-Jun-20 12:08:02

I'm a Civil Servant. I had a reasonable adjustment to WFH when needed to help manage my disability and as I'm also in the vulnerable group Covid-19 wise I was allowed to WFH before the Prime Minister's announcement that those who can WFH should do so.

I expect to be WFH for the foreseeable and the vast majority of my government department are WFH also. Anyone who can't WFH, but is vulnerable or shielding have been granted paid special leave.

choosesoap Mon 01-Jun-20 12:08:13

Housing association - Housing development / regeneration.
wfh apart from the obvious site visits but all "office work" which realistically is 90% of the job can be done from home

notheragain4 Mon 01-Jun-20 12:08:20

Civil service. But most professional jobs wouldn't allow you to WFH as a substitute for childcare, our policy does not allow working while looking after dependants. Obviously it helps with the flexibility, I don't need as much wraparound childcare as I needed when I worked full time in an office, but still require childcare for the bulk of the day.

notheragain4 Mon 01-Jun-20 12:09:05

(Not including Covid times in my previous comment!)

catinb0oots Mon 01-Jun-20 12:10:32

I was previously an NVQ assessor so not strictly WFH - but travelling visiting students, setting my own diary and all admin done WFH. In the office for maybe a day every two months?

IcedPurple Mon 01-Jun-20 12:11:03

University tutor. We're doing the best we can but it's no substitute for the real thing. Looking forward to getting back into the classroom!

MeetMeInTheMiddle Mon 01-Jun-20 12:11:18

Agreed that the barrier for many wfh is trust. Many office jobs could be wfh, although it is good to have contact with colleagues sometimes.

dobbyssoc Mon 01-Jun-20 12:12:54

@notheragain4 oh no I fully appreciate that. However my current job is impossible around childcare hours and they are wanting to add more hours on!
To be honest I hate all the travelling, sitting in traffic to then sit in an office when I could do my job more efficiently from home as you wouldn't have the interruptions etc.

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