Many companies and corporations have started to allow their employees to work from home. This could be because of several different reasons. Maybe the employee has to travel too far to work, perhaps they relocated, or maybe they just want to spend more time at home with their kids or spouse. Either way, working out of your home has both its pros, as well as its cons as you will soon find out! Of course, there are some major benefits to working from home, but there are also some negatives too. In the end, it’s going to depend on you, what type of person you can be while working at home and what works best for you.
The Benefits Of Working At Home
You Are Free!: Some people think this is automatically a plus, but it can be a negative too, depending on the type of person you are. If you don’t have a boss constantly looking over your shoulder, are you still going to be able to do your work and complete your tasks for the day, or are you going to spend 3 hours on the couch watching TV? Or worse – leaving the house altogether. However, make sure to
No Commute: This is a definite benefit! No commuting means no getting up super early. It also means you won’t be waiting in traffic anymore AND you’ll be saving money on things like gas and you won’t have to get home late because you are already home!
You Can Wear What you Want: Obviously, if you have clients coming to your home office you can’t do this. But, if you don’t have any clients coming to your home and have no video conferences, you can, without a doubt – dress how you want. That’s right PJ’s and a t-shirt! However, research shows that IF you get up and get showered and dressed, even in t-shirts and jeans, you will have a more productive day. Definitely, something to think about considering we equate pj’s to bed time or TV watching time.
Married? Have Children?: The people who have babies, smaller kids or a spouse at home also significantly benefit from having their mom/wife home. However, this might also be a negative too because loved ones forget how important work is sometimes and may interrupt you during your work hours. When possible try to explain to your loved one (adult) that you work between the hours and X and X and are taking breaks at X and X o’clock and if they could wait until then that would be great. If you have little kids at home and they are on summer break, consider a camp at least for a few hours a day. Of you have even smaller kids, like toddlers or infants, try to arrange their naps around the time you have to get a big project done or have to work.
The Negatives of Working At Home
You Need Major Self Discipline: As mentioned above, since no one is watching you, it’s incredibly easy to get into the mind frame that you need a break or you deserve a break. While that may be true, it needs to not be done during working hours. Especially if you have a project you are working on. Make sure that you treat this like it’s a real job. Get up, have breakfast, take a shower, get dressed and make a schedule for yourself.
Looking Busy vs Being Busy: When you are at work and you see your boss walking towards your desk while you aren’t doing anything important, you immediately start to work on something. But, your boss is not going to come walking into your house so you can start working. Are you sure you can actually BE busy with work instead of looking like your busy?!
It’s soooooo lonely: Even for people that love being alone, this can get really lonely, really quickly. That’s why I do suggest breaks in between. You can also have lunch out with a friend, your mate, your kids, etc. A person being alone 24×7 is simply not healthy so make sure when you take breaks you do so socially and when you aren’t working that you take the time to DO something social.
There Is No Escape: Sometimes when you have lunch at your work its like a sigh of relief. Ah, finally a break! Well, you can’t exactly do that at your home office since you are already at work!
Work Space: Another negative (or for some people a benefit?) is the fact that you need to create a home office space for your office. No kitchen tables, no dining room tables. No. You need an actually designated space! Consider an unused closet, room, under the steps or even a guest bedroom to convert!