Man Furious After Wife Locks Him Out of Office for ‘Disrupting’ Workday

Gillian Sisley

Is remote working just as legitimate as working at an office?

When it comes to the workforce, the pandemic has changed it forever. While many people were forced to work remotely from home at the height of the pandemic, this has shown employers how beneficial it can be to have employees working from home.

Whether it's for a better work-life balance, or just more enhanced productivity, the workforce is seeing a significant benefit from remote working overall. However, not everyone sees this sort of work as legitimate as traditionally working from an office.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a woman locks her husband and kids out of her office after they continually barge in and disrupt her work.

Is remote working just as legitimate as working at an office?

A Reddit post published on November 27th, reported on by Taylor McCloud from Newsweek, has gone viral with 9,300 upvotes and 1,500 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that she recently started working from home for her job, and her husband seems to have some boundary issues when it comes to respecting her work time.

She clarifies that he doesn't treat her as if she's 'really working' during her working hours, and that he believes working from home isn't as much of a 'real job' as 'leaving the house and driving to a workplace'.

He will continually interrupt her work, even to the extent of sending their children to distract her. She felt that she was left with no choice but to install a lock on her office door. However, this decision to install the lock is not sitting well with her husband, and has created a lot of friction in their marriage.

How important is it to respect your spouse's job and work requirements?

After installing the lock, her husband became furious. He stated that this is ‘HIS house’ and that she cannot lock him out of any room in it. She then yelled back that he was ‘jeopardizing her livelihood’ by continuing to barge in and disrupt her work, and not respecting her job because she works remotely.

He then called her ‘cruel for accusing him of doing such things’, and ‘selfish’ for entertaining the idea of wanting to keep him and their children out of the office and ‘ignoring them’. The author later received a ‘lecture’ from her mother-in-law that she was being ‘unfair’ by prioritizing work over her family.

What do you think? Was the author entirely justified to install a lock on her office door after her husband refused to stop barging in and disrupting her work? Or are her husband and mother-in-law correct in that she is neglecting her family and choosing work over them by installing a lock so that she can keep them out of the room?

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