As technology advances, more and more companies are giving their employees the option to work from home at least a day or two per week. Some are even offered the chance to work remotely 100% of the time. When faced with the decision of working from home or reporting to the office, many people leap at the chance to stay at home. But there are many factors to take into consideration when making this choice. Here, we take a close look at the pros and cons of working from home.
Pro: No commute
This is one of the biggest reasons people choose to work from home when possible. Commutes can be aggravating, exhausting, expensive, and they take away from both work and family time. Eliminating the hassle of commuting can lift a huge burden and also frees up an employee’s time for both work and personal matters.
You must have an enormous amount of self-discipline and self-motivation to effectively work from home. Household distractions like laundry, family members, and other everyday tasks can easily draw you away from work. People whose jobs are at home must remain focused on work no matter how tempting it might be to tend to other chores. Here are some surefire ways to avoid distractions when working from home.
Pro: No dress code
When you work from home, you can wear whatever you please (unless you’re on a video conference!). This means you can save money on an expensive professional wardrobe, and time on dressing each day. Keep in mind, though, that some people say dressing for work even when they’re at home keeps them in a productive frame of mind.
While you don’t have to dedicate an entire room to your home office, you must designate some type of space where you will conduct your business. Whether this is indeed a dedicated room or whether it’s a desk tucked in the corner of the living room, you’ll need a neat and orderly place to work. Check out these tips and tricks for setting up a home office space.
Home office expenses can usually be written off on your taxes, based on the total square footage in your home that’s dedicated to work space.
Con: Camaraderie with colleagues
Although no one enjoys dealing with annoying or irritating coworkers, there is something to be said for that feeling of camaraderie that comes from working in close proximity with a team of colleagues. This is something that many telecommuters cite as the number one thing they miss about reporting to an office.
Pro: Schedule flexibility
In some cases, people who work from home are granted a certain amount of flexibility with their schedules that simply isn’t possible for folks who work from an office. This can make things like doctor appointments and errands much easier to accomplish during the workweek.
Con: Danger of overworking
When you work from home, it can be very difficult to clock out for the day, since you’re not actually “leaving” your place of employment. Many find that they check their work email and handle tasks around the clock, instead of quitting at 5 or 6 pm and forgetting about work until the following day. It’s important to establish time boundaries for yourself.
If you do opt to work from a home office, here’s a great resource to help you get — and keep — your workspace organized and functional.