Ol' Backwoods has been busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger lately, doing some interviewing. I have both evidence and a feeling that my group where I work is going to be closed, and the people let go, just like they have let go more than 100 people since last year. Moreover, we have new management that does not appreciate what I have done for the company for the last ten years. So, I am looking for another job.
One of the things Ol' Backwoods is trying to do is to escape the cubicle. I want to find a job where I can work in my extensive home electronics lab, and not have to travel every day to a building in some stinking industrial park in the stinky end of some city, just to be walled up in a cubicle where I cannot see the sun all day, just to do the same thing. Burning gasoline and money just to do something I could just as easily do in my home lab is nonsense.
Sure, I may have to travel to their facility for special-purpose equipment, like temperature chambers and whatnot. But I can do that on an as-needed basis, and not have to have the price of being stuck in a cube.
If I can work at home, I can look out the window at my garden, and enjoy the beautiful and delicious things growing in those beds. I can have my music as loud as I want it. I can work any hours I want. I can leave during the day, and work late into the night if I have to, because I'm just upstairs if my family needs me.
Freedom. That's what escaping the cubicle means to me.
And, based on how I work on my home electronic project, I believe my quality of work will go UP, not down, when I escape the cubicle.