As I write this, I’m currently in the office. That may seem strange to say, but there are two things to know. First, I am a 1099 independent contractor. That means I have no place at my office. The other thing is that I am huge proponent for flexible working arrangements. This has caught the limelight recently due in part to the COVID-19 panic and the need for physical distancing. My support of flexible work predates it. I could write a whole lot more, but it boils down to the fundamental idea that working adults should be treated as adults. As long as they get their work done on time, there are few compelling reasons to force them to come into office. It is by allowing people the decision where and when to work that companies show the level of trust that should be due to an adult.
Another thing to note is that I am a practicing stoic. Stoicism has the tenet of face what you fear to live with it. For me, who has been working flexible for over 5 years now, the prospect of being required to be in the office at a certain time 5 days a week and stay until a certain time is something I don’t particularly want to do. The day may come, however, that I need to in order to support my family. By taking the time to get (re)adjusted to the office when I have the choice is stoicism in practice. It also helps me with another stoic tenet, that I bring my emotions with me. My happiness or contentment should not rely on my physical location it should come from within. It’s easy to have a bad attitude when doing something I don’t like. Therefore, by not only doing something I don’t like and also striving the make the most of it while maintaining a positive attitude is living stoic principles, and helping me grow as a person.