With Covid-19 came more than a world changed from a health and social perspective but also a work perspective. As a productivity enthusiast, I wanted to know the pros and cons of working from home so I decided to make a video and write an article all about it.
More people are working from home than ever before. In the past, most people worked in an office, but now that they can work remotely from anywhere with a wifi connection, more and more people are choosing to telecommute.
Fortunately, I've worked in an in-person-only job, fully remote, and in a hybrid setting as well. This gives me a unique experience and perspective to talk about how all 3 of these environments can have positives and negatives.
✅ The Pros
It has been found that a majority of people would prefer working from home. This is because working from home provides the freedom to work in your own time, setting your hours and making an income that suits you.
People are also more productive when they work in an environment where they feel comfortable. Working from home is great for introverts who prefer to avoid social interactions when working.
Working from home is a great way to start your day. Usually, the only way to wake up and start your day is by pressing a button on an alarm clock, but with working from home you can wake up whenever you want. You don't have to worry about waking up too early or too late and it can make you more productive throughout the day.
Working from home can be an amazing experience. Working remotely not only saves time but also saves money!
You don't have to worry about gas, clothing, or expensive lunches. You don't need to worry about scheduling time off for doctor's appointments or other emergencies.
I save 5-10 hours a week by not having to commute to my job, spend time on maintaining my car, and just dealing with the overall buffer time that is traveling.
Working from home is becoming increasingly popular with people who want to work on their terms. With the right tools, you can save time and have the flexibility to work the hours that are best for you.
🛑 The Cons
Working from home has its perks. You can keep your schedule flexible, work around your family, and save money on transport. However, there are some drawbacks.
One of the most significant cons is the lack of social interaction in an office environment which can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Working from home has become a popular option for many people to reduce their commute time and overhead costs. However, it seems that this practice is more likely to lead to the onset of burnout among employees. With less water cooler time, employees find themselves working longer hours if they do not pay attention to what they are doing.
Working from home is becoming increasingly popular in the modern world, however, this can lead to people becoming more sedentary. A lack of movement can lead to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems. The idea behind this article is that working from home means you're less likely to leave your house for lunch or a break, which in turn leads to a lack of exercise.
When you work from home, you leave your house less which leads to less socializing with friends and family. It also means that you are more likely to spend all of your time at home.
Staying in one place also causes time to go by faster than if you otherwise would be moving around. While it's possible in remote work for people to work from anywhere, oftentimes most people will not take advantage of this and travel while they are working remotely.
🧘 Finding a Balance
Working from home presents many opportunities to take walks outside, join a nearby gym, or even exercise in your living room. The benefits of working remotely are often offset by the lack of physical activity.
Be sure to find that balance and make up for the sedentary life you live by taking advantage of the time you have to positively impact your physical health.
Working from a home office is a blessing and a curse. It gives you the freedom to work from anywhere you want, but it also makes it impossible to put your work aside.
Make sure that you are cognizant of the amount of time you spend working and that you force yourself to take some breaks. This is similar to the “water cooler time” that many people often have when they are in the office.
Also, make sure to work your actual hours. There are days when you work from home that you may feel the need to catch up or get ahead on something for your job and due to those means being in front of you, you may start early or end late.
For the sake of your well being, make sure that you are working only the hours you need to and unless it’s going to benefit you in the long run, that you don’t work over hours because, to be frank, most likely nobody is going to see the extra hours that you work.
💻 My Preference
I prefer a hybrid work from home option. I've worked in both environments and I enjoy working from home but every once and a while it would be nice to go in for the social aspect of things.
Often when I'm working from home I find that weeks go by in a blink and while there are some benefits of that there is also a small feeling that my life is flying before my very eyes. Sure there are days that you have to hunker down to work it's nice to just make it happen but it's nice when things are slower to be able to chat with people and be social.
I also think there are some benefits to using the in-person work time to have those "aha" moments that otherwise are hard to find when you are on a video call with your team.
Overall, I am happy with my current remote work and I hope that every one of you will have the opportunity to try it out at some point in your career. For me, I'll take this as my first job out of college.