Dangers Of Working From Home
Working from home has been around for ages, but the pandemic made it far more accessible to people from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries. While office work will probably always be a staple, it is worth noting that by 2025, most workers will spend at least five days a month working from home. Recent surveys show that 84 percent of current workers prefer working from home.
Advantages of working from home:
When you’re considering remote work, it’s helpful to look at all the positives and prioritize what’s important to you personally and professionally:
- No daily commute. Approximately 78 percent of people prefer to not commute to the office, and by avoiding a lengthy journey, you can kickstart your day sooner and use your spare time for other parts of your life.
- No geographical restrictions. In many cases, you can work from anywhere. In some cases, you can work any time you want to. The remote-work model also does away with the traditional 9 to 5 workday, allowing people to be digital nomads.
- Less overall expense. You’re not only saving cash by not going into the office, but you’re also saving money by not purchasing business clothing, daily lunches and happy-hour drinks when socializing after work.
- Fewer interruptions. You save time spent previously socializing in the office, and you can be better focused on the tasks at hand when working remotely.
- Increased fitness. You may have had an excuse not to work out and focus on wellness when going to the office daily, but working from home gives you additional opportunities to stay fit. Use that extra time saved from commuting to focus on exercise.
- Better health. You’re also able to steer clear of sick co-workers and ensure that others are not exposed to you if you become ill.
- Better prioritization of what’s important. With regained commute time, you can spend extra time with your friends and family and be more involved in their lives. You could also use the spare time to focus on new opportunities, including personal development, side hustles and creative projects.
Disadvantages of working from home
While working remotely has a lot of upsides, there are a few disadvantages that you should be aware of when wondering if you should make the switch:
- Technology dependency. When you explore remote-work opportunities, you must be aware that you’re relying entirely on computers, smartphones and other business communication channels to stay in contact and complete your work. Tech issues can sometimes hinder your ability to perform.
- Lack of visibility for career advancement. While technology allows us to do almost everything these days, there’s no replacing human interaction with co-workers and clients in person, either for work, everyday chats or post-work drinks. Conversations like these build the foundation for your network and increase your visibility in the office when you’re angling for that important promotion. One way to mitigate this is to regularly visit the office and be transparent about your desired career trajectory.
- You’ll need strong discipline. Working remotely (especially from home) takes a lot of self-control, as other distractions may force you to become unmotivated and lose focus. Being mindful about creating a sustainable and easy-to-follow schedule can help. Additionally, creating an environment that leads to increased productivity and engagement works wonders.
- Your work-life balance will be a challenge. When you’re working from home, it’s essential to separate your workspace from your living space clearly, or they can blend, and you could find yourself working all the time. Understanding your deliverables and their due dates and sticking to a reasonable schedule will allow you to maintain that boundary and reduce your chance of burnout.
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