Ahh – the ultimate employee’s dream…working from home! The idea of rolling out of bed and heading into your home office instead of having to get ready and brave a long commute is a glorious thought. And for most people whose job only requires an internet connection, it’s a welcomed way of working. However, there are a few things that people who work from home lose or may not be completely suited for.
Below, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of working from home. Read on to see if this lifestyle is the right one for you.
Pro: You waste lest time commuting
In today’s busy world, traffic is only getting worse. If part of your morning routine involves a lot of time in the car, then working from home is a great way to alleviate the stress that comes with driving through traffic to and from the office. Plus, you’ll save a ton of time (and gas money!) you normally wouldn’t have, making you more productive. Less time in the car is also known to boost morale – making you happier throughout the day without the weight of an evening commute weighing you down.
Con: You might get lonely
Having an office full of collogues and friends is a benefit that many people working in offices enjoy. Taking that social element of the office away is often difficult for those who choose to work from home. Lunches and coffee breaks alone are something work from homers have to accept and get used to, and it may take time to adjust your work lifestyle.
Pro: Flexible schedule
A flexible lifestyle is one of the main tenets of companies who want to promote a work/life balance, and employees who enjoy flexibility tend to be happier in their jobs. Working from home allows you to schedule your day the way it works for you, from being able to start work at the right hour for you, to being able to take a brief break to pick your kids up from school. Flexibility is a main benefit of the work from home lifestyle, and one that many work from homers cite as the most important.
Con: Self-discipline can be difficult
Working in an office lends itself well to those who may struggle with self-discipline. Working amongst colleagues, managers, and bosses allows you to find your groove and succeed in a collaborative space. Contrarily, working from home can at times feel isolated and let even the most strictly self-disciplined workers minds wander to other things you normally wouldn't be distracted by at an office: "I need to feed the dog. Did I water the plants? I forgot to make the bed. Oh, my favorite show just released a new episode!" If you are someone who is easily distracted, working from home can be a challenge when it comes to keeping yourself on a schedule and getting everything done in a timely manner.
So, what do you think? Does the work from home lifestyle appeal to you? If so, browse our open jobs and find the right position for you today!