I see where you’re coming from, but at the same time, I think I’m at the other end of the spectrum regarding that matter.

For over 17 years, as long as I even used a business computer, I always used it for both work and personal stuff. Moreover, I’ve done professional stuff on my personal hardware, I used personal accounts for work, as well as paying for some of the strictly work-related subscriptions out of my own pocket.

I have one life, and it’s a mix of work, family, friends and personal time. This is reflected in the hardware I use. And for the better part of my journey, no employer objected to that. I don’t see the benefits of separation myself too.

That’s why it came as such a shock when Docplanner abruptly changed the status quo, which in fact was one of the final impulses for me to move on. Since then I actually see the pattern more commonly (perhaps I started working with more mature companies now).

Currently my business laptop is 100% isolated from my personal stuff, and vice-versa, due to company policy. I feel like I’ve lost a limb! All those decades of experiences, habits, tools are inaccessible to me, and I have to build from ground up. I don’t believe it’s worth it for me, just so I wouldn’t accidentally look at a slack notification after 5PM.

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That's an interesting story. Thank you for sharing! I think there is no golden bullet for that and as you mentioned this preference is built on top how we want to integrate and priortise the things we do.

I used 1 computer for work+personal for more than 10 years as well. I share the habits that you mentioned and that was not an issue for me. It was more like a standard. Having work and personal life integrated.

The first time when I experienced company policy that required us to meet security standards was about 5 years ago. The reason for that was we had to buy insurance for huge IT project and insurance was becoming much much much cheaper when company had such security and data privacy certification. At that time, I had to follow many restrictions related to mobile phones, computers, 2FA, not keeping printed documents on a desk, locking drawers in the office; and so on. At that time, I didn't like it because I wanted to have private and business lives integrated. However, the company savings around buying this insurance... and actually meeting these security requirements to be able to start working on this project were the reasons that I wouldn't think about on my own.

I think you mentioned important point that is somehow reflected in my life as well. Currently, I do not feel like I lost the limb. I would feel like that a few years ago. Right now, for me, the reason behind that is... a few years ago work was my life. I loved to work. I liked to do 10-14 hours a day. Today, I like to spend most of my time doing some not-work-related hobbies. And it might be the reason why I like having personal and work computers separated. Maybe that's gonna change in the future. :)

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