His work takes over the house


Woman (UK) - - Ask -

QEven be­fore lock­down, my hus­band’s firm had be­gun to en­cour­age flex­i­ble work­ing and this means he was at home on a computer most days. This was great be­cause he walked the dog, did the laun­dry and pre­pared meals as he had three hours com­mut­ing cut off his day. The only is­sue is that some­times he ended up with work to do in the evenings. But he in­sists on

Wall, Dilem­mas, 161 Marsh Write to Suzie at Fam­ily with you can send an email Lon­don E14 9AP, or asksuzie@ti-me­dia.com. to your per­sonal prob­lem and Su­san to Dr Philippa, Linda

You can also write an email above or send them at the postal ad­dress woman@ti-me­dia.com to with your prob­lem ab­so­lute quiet. If our daugh­ter or I dis­turb him, he sighs loudly and turns stuff off. I don’t want to ban­ish him from down­stairs, but what should we do?

Suzie says

AFlex­i­ble work­ing is a boon, but it does re­quire as much dis­ci­pline and boundaries as work­place em­ploy­ment. The re­al­ity is that, if he chooses – and it is a choice – to have tasks to do out­side of­fice hours, he shouldn’t be do­ing them in shared spaces. If you haven’t got a spare room up­stairs, make room for a desk or ta­ble in your bed­room so he can fin­ish his work there. It’s hardly ban­ish­ment.

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