In recent years, many companies have accepted that their employees work from home. With recent advances in technology, including Web, e-mail, intranets, modems, inexpensive fax machines and voice mail, some employees rarely visit the main office. Working at home has several advantages, but also some disadvantages. However, some benefits are highly coveted by any worker. If you must make a decision whether or not to accept a job located within 10 seconds of your bed, examine the pros and cons of working from home.
Pros of Working from Home
- You can do as you see fit.
- You do not have to move for work.
- You can work in shorts and T-shirts.
- You are not constantly monitored.
- You do not have the privileged time to meet in person with your colleagues and thus be more aware of new projects that may be of interest to you.
- You can deduct from your taxes a small portion of the expenses related to having a home office.
- Your employer will usually compensate you for the certain costs.
- If you are married or have children at home, this type of work situation may be particularly suitable for you.
Cons of Working from Home
- You need to have a lot of self-discipline to start a work day when you know you do not have to go to the office before 8:00.
- You are alone all day, so there is no outside pressure to keep you busy.
- You must feel inactive without the direct encouragement of anyone.
- You will not enjoy the pleasure of working with other people on a daily basis.
- There are no colleagues to dine with you.
- You can never run away from the office when you get home, because you’re already there!
- Working from home can cause confusion and occupy an entire room in your home.
- The boss cannot see that you work hard or you work overtime, so you are more judged for your performance than for your professional ethics and other intangible factors.
- There is a risk of working too many hours or getting depleted. As unlikely as it may seem, imagine it is 11pm and you suddenly have an anxiety attack about your work. It is then so easy to sit at your desk and work until 1 am …
Working at home can be a great solution for some people. I worked in an office and from home and I think working at home requires a certain level of discipline. You have to ask yourself if this style of work matches what you want and if this is the situation in which you are most effective.
If you work from home, remember that it is important to:
- Maintain a presence at the main office. Keep in regular contact with the team and let your boss know that you are alive and continue to be productive.
- See your office at home (or wherever you work) as a real office.
- Dress as you would to go to work and maintain regular hours, as if you were in the office and not at home. This gives you a better chance of being truly productive.
- Select a helpful and powerful video conferencing solution, like ezTalks Meetings, to keep yourself connected with your remote coworkers, and make online collaborations with them effortlessly.
- Close the door at 6pm and do not open it before starting a new work day the next day.