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Poll: Have you ever felt down as a result of working alone all the time?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever felt down as a result of working alone all the time?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member
German to English
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I don't work alone. Jun 14, 2011

Well, I work alone but my husband also works alone from home too. So there is normally someone else around. Mostly we mind our own business but we meet up for lunch!

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:31
Spanish to English
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No Jun 14, 2011

Far from it.
"Hell is other people"...

No, seriously, it means I can get on with the work in hand without being hampered by other people's concerns, and being/working on my own makes me appreciate company more when I do have it. I also find beneficial effects in that I am more likely to spend time chatting with shopkeepers or market stall holders when shopping rather than having that (I assume typically British) permanently antsy/in a hurry/impatient air of so many shoppers.<
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Far from it.
"Hell is other people"...

No, seriously, it means I can get on with the work in hand without being hampered by other people's concerns, and being/working on my own makes me appreciate company more when I do have it. I also find beneficial effects in that I am more likely to spend time chatting with shopkeepers or market stall holders when shopping rather than having that (I assume typically British) permanently antsy/in a hurry/impatient air of so many shoppers.

Technology nowadays means we can be in virtual contact with colleagues, family and friends etc when need be, so that's not an issue either.

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Allison Wright (X)  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 03:31
Yes, but not often. Jun 14, 2011

But like Neilmac, take full advantage of interactions in the village on minor shopping chores, and such.
I do love the solitude of concentrated application of one's skills required of translation, though.


 

Odile Breuvart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:31
Member (2006)
English to French
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Motivation can be a problem Jun 14, 2011

Right now, I feel the burden of working alone. I work from home, my husband is at home too but he is unemployed. So all the income-generating rests on me. As there is less work coming this way at the moment after having worked for a single client (big order), other agencies have temporarily went elsewhere. Now, I need to think of different ways to get new customers, develop my skills. Then I have to take care of the accounts. At the same time I have domestic worries. Sometimes the lack of a clea... See more
Right now, I feel the burden of working alone. I work from home, my husband is at home too but he is unemployed. So all the income-generating rests on me. As there is less work coming this way at the moment after having worked for a single client (big order), other agencies have temporarily went elsewhere. Now, I need to think of different ways to get new customers, develop my skills. Then I have to take care of the accounts. At the same time I have domestic worries. Sometimes the lack of a clear barrier between private and working life weighs on my daily life. But I like the idea that I can manage things my own way and when I want. Yes the internet, social networking help breaking down this isolation. Yet, fresh air, a good walk, shopping for essential, the odd travel make up the real balance and provide much needed contact.Collapse


 

Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 04:31
English
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Absolutely not! Jun 14, 2011

I echo Neil's sentiments... I get so much more done on my own than when there are other people around. Translating and editing require thought, thought requires peace and quiet (for me at least).

 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 22:31
Member (2009)
French to English
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sometimes Jun 14, 2011

I wish I had people I worked with, there are times when I feel isolated. But then there are times when I am glad I don't have to deal with other people- like when my sister tells me about the people SHE works with.

 

Patricia Charnet
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:31
English to French
on a few occasions Jun 14, 2011

but that's when I realised I needed to go out more often

and since I belong to a few sport clubs, it never happened again as I carefully balanced work and pleasure

and I retook interpreting and tuition to help alleviate those symptoms, and have social calls, and I've expressed to my clients that I'm happy working on their site and with othe
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but that's when I realised I needed to go out more often

and since I belong to a few sport clubs, it never happened again as I carefully balanced work and pleasure

and I retook interpreting and tuition to help alleviate those symptoms, and have social calls, and I've expressed to my clients that I'm happy working on their site and with other people - and I had an assignment on site with a client for 2 weeks - that was a nice change at a time my regular clients were a bit quiet

Like the others said, there are some plus sides, so many people are unhappy with their coworkers

I think you need to balance work and pleasure carefully - a bit of both but not too much one or the other
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Sonia Hill
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:31
Italian to English
No Jun 14, 2011

I actually really like working on my own and enjoy a bit of time to myself. Working in a busy office and having to do what other people tell me would be my worst nightmare!

I make sure I socialise outside work and I have a couple of free mornings each week when I take my children to a couple of groups, for their benefit as well as my own.

For me, working alone is one of the real perks of the job


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 04:31
English to French
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No Jun 14, 2011

Nothing or no one keeps me from going out, meeting people IRL, having a chat when I need or feel like company.
After a long period of time on a long job, I am glad to invite friends over and they are kind enough to participate in the "debriefing"


 

Argyro Alykatora  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 05:31
Member (2009)
Greek to English
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Everyone does Jun 14, 2011

Even people who work in offices, feel lonely at times I assure you! You can share a small office with a friend translator or check out coworking places that are available all over Europe. And don't forget hobbies, sports clubs, poetry classes...or anything that will get you away from the computer screen!

Best of luck!


 

Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 23:31
Portuguese to English
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No Jun 14, 2011

I'm a bit of a loner by nature, so I love working alone. I also am a composer/pianist, so I need plenty of solitude to do that work, too.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 04:31
Member (2009)
English to German
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Never Jun 14, 2011

Suzan Hamer wrote:

I echo Neil's sentiments... I get so much more done on my own than when there are other people around. Translating and editing require thought, thought requires peace and quiet (for me at least).


For me as well. Working alone is required to concentrate on the job to be done.

Being/working alone and being/feeling down or lonely are two different things anyway.


 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:31
Spanish to English
No way Jun 14, 2011

I felt down a lot more often when obliged to work with the same people day after day, spending more time with them than my own friends and family, all the petty office politics etc.

 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:31
English to Spanish
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In memoriam
No Jun 14, 2011

By working alone I do not have to bear the burden of dealing with other people. That is fine with me.

 
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