Working from home: A Boon or a boon?

Working from home sounds like an ideal situation, especially if you’ve never done it before. What is better than getting out of bed and arriving in your home office in moments, without the hassle of making yourself presentable first?

With the World Health Organization escalating the Covid-19 situation from epidemic to pandemic, millions of businesses are now forced to struggle with the prospect of managing a fully remote workforce.

While working from your couch sounds lovely, it is important to understand the pros and cons so that you know how to maximize your outcome and arrangement. If you suddenly jumped into remote work, here are some possible pros and cons that will definitely help you maximize your outcome:

Pros

  • Greater flexibility
     Working from home allows you to work during your most productive time, wear what you find the most comfortable and create a workflow that suits you.
  • Truly independent
    This is more than the benefit of working in your pajamas.  Working from home means that you will learn to rely on self-discipline, self-motivation, concentration and focus.
  • Improved work/life balance
    Many professionals struggle to find a balance between work and their personal lives. Working from home can make it a little easier to find and maintain this balance.
  • Reduced stress levels
    You will not have to deal with a stressful working environment now. A boss is not standing behind you, waiting for results.  No keyboard-hammering, phone-call-screaming co-workers anymore, no bullying or intrusions. In the long run, it will save you a lot of nerves.
  • Saves money
    And, of course, you also save money while working from home. No public transport tickets or gas bills. You might not need your car to move between your workplace and home? This will save you a lot of money to be sure.

Cons

  • Need some level of self-discipline
    When you are in your home environment, getting up and focusing on work every day takes a large part of self-discipline and motivation. But then, the joy of not commuting in traffic is a motivation in itself to focus while working at home!
  • No human interaction
    Although you will have calls and online meetings with your customers or team members all the time, you will be home alone most of the time. Lack of human interaction can be sometimes difficult. And to overcome this, companies are starting to build a culture of remote-first.
  • Distractions
    There may be some built-in distractions in the circumstances at your home. These may include family members or roommates around the house. But are these distractions bigger than the ones you may face at office?!
  • Lack of Productivity
    It’s great when you don’t have a boss looking over your shoulders all day. True, some people may not be able to do their best without pressure. However, research actually shows that people are more productive when they are left free!