Remote working has always been a dream, a far off idea that no one thought would replace in-office work.
That dream has now taken form, and the possibility of it being the main of working is ever increasing.
In this article, we’ll go through the pros and cons of remote working and why the world of work is taking the office into the home.
The most obvious benefit of remote working is that it provides flexibility to balance work and home life.
Allowing workers to attend appointments or even take a stroll whenever they want during working hours is a massive bonus. Plus this builds trust as your employer isn’t constantly checking up on you as it might otherwise happen in an office.
Working from home means employers don’t need to spend endless money travelling via public transport or spend extra gas for your car.
Going to and from work eats your day away, and so remote working is a godsend for those needing another way of saving money.
When you’re in an office, much of the design and layout is not up to you. But remote working gives you the ability to personalise your space, adding any extra equipment or stationery that would otherwise be unfeasible in an in-person office.
It’s also excellent if you suffer from health issues such as back pain or eye strain because you customise your chair or desktop without infringing on anyone’s space.
We’ve discussed the perks, but one major con of remote working is that you can easily be distracted.
If Internet procrastination isn’t enough, home drama with kids and pets will surely distract you. Even though remote working is becoming more popular, it’s dubious whether employees are more productive at home.
The office banter can’t be replicated at home unless you’re the type to laugh at your jokes...constantly.
Communication is vital for a project to succeed and for a team to collaborate, which is why a lack of social interaction with colleagues is likely to cause loneliness and isolation
Zoom meetings are notoriously used to replace in-person ones. However, there are likely to be many cutouts and glitches as anything over WiFi is likely to cause issues.
This is especially frustrating if you have a big project to share or a presentation to give.
Well there you have it folks, the pros and cons of remote working. Ultimately everyone is different and whatever works for you might not work for another. The world looks likely to continue remote working, but it hasn’t eradicated in-person interactions just yet.