Pros and cons of working from home
If you’re currently a high school student or a fresh graduate who is looking for a job but at the same time too lazy to leave home, in that situation, the first thing to bump in your mind would be searching for online jobs; without having to roll off your bed and get formally dressed to go to the office, all you would have to do is switch your laptop or computer on, freshen up a bit and get onto work. As pleasing as it sounds to every couch potato, earning money through working from home, it has its pros yes. Working from home also has its cons.
Here are some of the pros and cons of working from home, listed below:
There are fewer interruptions from meetings and chitchat.
It’s easier to get into a flow state of deep work when you’re in your home office without colleagues dropping by and sitting down impromptu to talk about their weekends. Limiting unnecessary interruptions from your colleagues and boss is a big plus of working from home and is one reason why many remote workers are more productive than office-based workers.
There is no commute time or expense.
You can save a lot of money and avoid wasting hours that others spend simply getting to and from work when your office is right down the hall. Avoiding traffic battles and long-distance schleps top the list of benefits for some of those who work from home.
You have the flexibility to take care of appointments and errands.
When you work from home, while you still have to meet your deadlines and be available when you say you will be, you generally have wider bandwidth to tend to other responsibilities without jeopardizing your job.
You have to make the effort to get a change of scenery.
Some freelancers and others who work from home lamented that the place they work during the day is the same place they’ll be sitting later that evening and that getting involved in their work often translates to spending a huge portion of the day indoors. Many stressed the importance of scheduling lunches and other meetings to keep them in the mix and avoid the rut of never leaving the house.
There is no physical separation between work and leisure time.
Many who work from home lamented that they often find themselves working around the clock since their labor has no definite start or end times. As a result, they sometimes feel like they are always at work, making it difficult to shift to the post-work relaxation mode that many office workers take for granted.
It is easy to misread cues via electronic communications.
While few who work from home expressed feeling “lonely” as is typically assumed, many did point to the difficulty of getting the tone right in digital communication systems, such as email, chat, social media, and text.