To work from home or not to work from home? There are several benefits of working from home: so many that some may have a hard time believing there are so many. According to recent studies, remote workers are said to be more efficient, engaged and innovative. Studies also indicate remote workers to be more productive, innovative and engaged. Also, companies and employers who have remote work policies experience a lower turnover rate and are perceived as more attractive to employees.
It’s no surprise that remote work is increasing in popularity. Pervasive technology has made virtual communication effortless and more achievable than ever before. In the future, the mark of an agile organization will be one that can keep up with this shift in how and where work is done. In fact, approximately 30 million Americans, or 1 in 5 U.S. workers, work from home at least once a week, research shows, and that number is expected to increase 63% in the next five years (Hindman). The more technologically-dependant companies get, the better chance they’ll yearn to track every little thing that goes on in regards to one’s duties.
Pros and Cons of working from home:
Some pros associated with working from home would be no commute, relaxed wardrobe, work on your own schedule, tax write-offs for home office equipment and compensation for incidental expenses. One study, conducted by two Stanford graduate students in 2013, tracked employee productivity over a nine-month period at a Chinese call center, where half the workers were allowed to telecommute and the rest remained in the office. The study found that the employees working from home completed 13.5% more calls than staff in the office did (Hindman).
Some cons would be: remaining disciplined to to work autonomously throughout the duration of the workday, lack of camaraderie and collaboration in the office, you can never escape the office and go home, because you are already there, working from home can be messy and can take up an entire spare room in your home, the boss can’t see that you are working hard or putting in extra hours, so you are judged more on the numbers than your work ethic and other intangible factors, and the chance of overworking yourself.
Therefore, If you decide to work at home, feel free to take this pieces of advice into consideration:
- Get dressed as you would for work and be consistent with your hours. Act like you are at the office and not at home, and you stand a good chance of actually being productive
- Make sure to maintain a general presence at the main office. Report in often and let your boss know you are alive and productive.
- Treat your study (or wherever you work) like a real office. Close the door at 6 p.m. and don’t open it until you are beginning work the next morningTips for Working at Home
Hindman, Nate. “Working From Home Vs. Working At The Office: Who Gets More Done?”SMALL BIZ AHEAD. The Hartford, 2017. Web. 06 June 2017.