Working from home can often seem a great alternative to being in an office. But what is it really like?
Thanks to the accessibility of computers, laptops, smartphones, and the internet in general, more and more businesses are starting to provide people with the opportunity to become remote workers (telecommuters). This means employees can work from the comfort of their own home in their own time, giving them much more freedom in their lives.
For parents, this is an amazing development because they can not only spend more time with the family, but they can mind children without needing to pay for babysitters and get everything else they need to get done, done.
However, while many people who work from home claim that doing so can be more productive than being stuck in an office, is this really the case?
You don’t need to just work from home
Just because you have the opportunity to telecommute, that doesn’t mean you have to do it all the time. In fact, studies show that people who telecommute for one day a week and then go into work the rest of the week have the highest levels of job satisfaction out of anybody in the workforce.
Of course, the happier you are in your job, the more productive you’ll be because you find your work rewarding you.
You’re on your own
It’s also important to note that when you’re working in your office as part of a team, you’re much more likely to work harder because you’re accountable to other people. When you’re at home, there’s less pressure to perform well because you know you’re not being watched. This can mean you’ll be less productive in general.
You can work at your own pace
One of the main positives is the fact you’ll be able to work at your own pace. This can be incredibly relaxing, therapeutic and, therefore, more productive. Since you’re able to work without the pressures of a boss, you can simply get on.
You can procrastinate endlessly
The thing about working from home is you’re working in your home. When you’re in your home space, you’re in being-at-home gear. You may want to relax and do what you normally do while you’re at home.
However, once you chuck working into the mix, especially if you’re used to working at work and not at home, you may find yourself very easily distracted with other things. It may take a while to get used to and actually become productive.
Of course, this could happen in days, weeks, or potentially even months. But falling into the trap of procrastinating can be a hard one to get out of. There’s no one to hold you accountable to your actions, so make sure you’re responsible.
You have more satisfaction in life
Since you can work the hours you want you’ll be able to squeeze in other things into your life. You won’t be restricted to typical working hours, such as nine till five.
This means if you want to go somewhere, see someone, or have an event or meeting you want to go to, you can do this with ease and then simply work in the evening. This will increase your overall satisfaction in life, guaranteed to make you more productive.
Not ideal for no discipline
How much self discipline would you say you have in general? If you’re working from home, you need to make sure you can sit down and actually work to a high quality.
Of course, if you start to fall behind with work, this is going to get you in trouble. It may even get your company to stop offering the telecommuting opportunity to employees. The knock-on effect of this can be incredibly damaging to your self esteem, especially if this affects others.