Imagine waking up every morning and starting your work day at your home office desk with your coffee without the stress of a traffic commute or the office politics that waste time and are a distraction to the business of the day. Sound nice? Depending on your personal preferences and goals, working from home may sound like a dream come true for some of us.
Over the past 10 years, with the accessibility that technology allows, employers have allowed and sometimes encouraged employees to work from home. While many professionals such as teachers, doctors and some government employees still may require onsite work, many trades offer home-based opportunities.
Considering both the advantages and disadvantages of working from home are crucial when deciding if this could be the right path for you and your future. While businesses generally prefer employees on site, home-based employees offer money saving opportunities for businesses. In many cases businesses may see improvements in the quality of the output of the workforce by allowing professionals the flexibility and privacy they require to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities.
Alternative work arrangements can benefit both the employers and the employees. According to most employee responses, working from home can reduce stress, help with professional priorities and increase job enjoyment and creativity. For the employer, the result is a stronger commitment to the company, reducing staff overturn.
While working from home might seem optimal, there are some disadvantages. People may miss the companionship an office atmosphere creates, sometimes have a hard time avoiding distractions, may struggle with the lack of self-discipline to start working on time, do not thrive without the pressure of a boss or become lonely and miss face-time with coworkers in the office, and even struggle with the possibility of over working… Yes, it possible to put in more hours each day when you are sitting at home.
Working from home like all professional decisions requires carefully weighing the pros and cons and coming out on the side of adding value while balancing our choices, personal lives and futures.