My wife will start going into the office to work twice a week. It’s her choice as the default work arrangement at her bank is still full-time work from home. But she prefers being in the office when her workload picks up. The LAN connection is faster so it’s easier to access large documents as it can be frustrating trying to open them at home only to cause the laptop to hang. It’s also easier to conduct conference calls and face-to-face meetings to facilitate co-operation. More importantly, she can catch up with her colleagues socially at work, during lunch and after work. She can even schedule in a gym session to have a work-out and exercise on the days she is in the office.

For my wife to be able to maintain this flexible work arrangement, I need to be on full-time work from home to take care of our boy with the helper.