Hi everyone! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted. For those that remember, I was offered a full-time job last month and I started last week! It’s been quite the ride so far, so I figured I’d share the pros and cons (mostly pros) of being back in “the grind.”
I feel like these days most people are trying to get out of their 9-5, so I can see how some of you probably think it’s strange that after freelancing for more than three years I’m jumping back into full-time employment. I will say this – if you are offered a job that would be hard for you to refuse, you might actually just want to be back in an office. That’s how this job is for me. I love it. I know I’m only in my second week, but I don’t mind going into the office at all. In fact, it’s a really nice change of pace from being a WFH mom to my two little girls.
Why I’m loving my 9-5
For starters, it’s actually a 9-5 job. All my other office jobs were more like 8-5 or 7-4. This one is 9-5 with a lunch break. I don’t know if it’s because I’m busy or because I’m only there 8 hours total, but time flies.
I get to socialize! This is a big one for me. I’ve been at home for three years raising babies. I love my girls more than anything, but it has been wonderful socializing with adults throughout the day. And my girls get to socialize with little kids their ages doing activities all day. While it’s hard to be apart all day, I know they’re in good hands.
Fitness is encouraged. We have a full gym inside our office and are encouraged to exercise during our workdays. So far, I’ve participated in one boot camp class and it kicked my booty. Once I’m in more of a routine with my actual work, I plan on incorporating one workout per day into my schedule.
Oh yeah, and I get to work from home two days per week. I haven’t started this yet as I’m still in training right now, but starting next week I’ll be working from home twice a week (!!). I love working from home and find that I’m actually more productive at home, so this really is the best of both worlds.
And of course…I’m salaried, I can budget my money easier, I’m working for a company I really believe in, I get benefits and paid time off, and more.
The cons of a 9-5
The hardest part so far has just been how quickly time is going by. It already went by fast and now it just zooms by. I can barely even remember last weekend, but all I know is Monday came much quicker than it normally does. I do miss my girls a good amount, too. I’m used to spending almost all-day everyday with them, so this is a big adjustment for sure.
I also miss being outside. I thrive on the outdoors and I had forgotten what it’s like to be “trapped” at a desk all day. Perhaps on my WFH days I’ll take my work to a local park or lake 🙂
And finally, I’m no longer completely in charge of my schedule. I do have to be there at 9 and can’t leave until 5. While the company I’m working for is probably the most flexible of all companies (we have unlimited vacation time), I do still have to abide by their schedule, not my own.
However, for me the pros majorly outweigh the cons. I’m really looking forward to this new role and am excited to see where it takes me.
If you were offered a full-time job you just couldn’t refuse, would you take it?!