In recent years, the option of working from home has become increasingly popular, accelerated by the pandemic. While there are certainly benefits to working from home, there are also challenges that come with it. There were some surprising discoveries for me. I realized I was missing my kids morning routine as I was gone before they woke. I was shocked however at what they considered breakfast.
One of the most significant benefits of working from home is the flexibility it provides. I love the ability to get on the Peleton mid morning and get back to work in a few minutes instead of commuting to a gym. This flexibility also enables employees to better manage their work-life balance and potentially reduce stress levels.
- Increased Productivity
Studies have shown that remote workers can be more productive than their in-office counterparts. Remote workers may have fewer distractions and interruptions and can work in an environment that suits them best. The time spent commuting, especially when looking over the course of a year can be shocking. The set up matters however. Get dual monitors, keep workspace clear, and dogs away if the UPS driver is expected.
- Cost Savings
Working from home can result in significant cost savings for both employees and employers. Employees can save money on gas, transportation, and meals, while employers can save money on office space and utilities.
Challenges of Working from Home
Working from home can be isolating, especially for those who live alone. The lack of social interaction can lead to feelings of loneliness and disconnection from the company and colleagues. I am talking with multiple people on video calls throughout the day so the quiet when not on calls is actually refreshing. Schedule regular times to catch up with colleagues.
- Difficulty Separating Work and Home Life
Remote workers may find it challenging to separate their work and home life, leading to overworking or burnout. When your home becomes your workplace, it can be challenging to switch off from work. Shut down computers and mute office phone if you have one. Also, maybe take the dog for a walk to separate the end of the work day and start of family time.
Working from home can also present distractions, such as family members, pets, or household chores. These distractions can be particularly challenging for those with children, who require supervision and attention throughout the day.
- Technology Issues
Remote workers rely heavily on technology to complete their work, and technical issues can be a significant challenge. Slow internet speeds, malfunctioning software, or computer issues can be frustrating and can impact productivity.
Working from home has many benefits and drawbacks. With proper planning and communication, these challenges can be overcome, and the benefits of remote work can be fully realized.