Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Pros and Cons of Working From Home

John and I are both lucky that we have the opportunity to work from home some of time. It has proved to be quite convenient at times however like most things it has it's pro's and con's. Most of our friends are now taking advantage of home working as and when they can, so it seems to be a choice some employers are giving to their staff.

A few weeks ago it was National Work From Home Day and I read an online survey by Seareach that confirmed less than half of the 2,000 employees surveyed were allowed to work from home. Security issues was the reason for 36% of those and I can understand why. Data protection is so important at the moment and depending on your job you may be dealing with lots of customer sensitive information.

Like I said earlier working from home does have it's pro's and con's. If you are thinking about working from home then I would definitely consider the following . . .

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PROs

No travel so therefore no rush hour traffic.

No added costs such as parking, lunch or popping out for coffee.

Potential to do more work in the comfort of your own home.

Flexibility e.g. School runs, start and finish times.

Keeps employer costs down.

No set work space,  work from the garden if you choose.

CONs

No face to face interaction.

Can be lonely.

Can get easily distracted by housework that needs to be done.

Disturbances e.g. when kids off school.

Can be bad for diets, biscuit tin is always close.

Use of your own electricity.

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Stuart Jailler at Seareach, said: "Thirty years ago … it was predicted that many office-based staff would be working remotely now. With the advancements in technology this is possible, however it seems [that] many businesses just aren't wanting to let go of their staff and allow them to work outside of the office. Our study shows we still have a long way to go … which is a shame as the benefits can be huge."

I totally agree with this. Technology has advanced so much over the past 10 years that I think if it continues at the same rate by 2028 we probably won't even need to leave the house as most things will be done remotely.

When it comes to working from home a personal highlight for me is being able to work in my PJ's or lounge wear. We all have off days when we don't want to get up, get ready and go out to work. Having the choice to stay at home rather than making sure you look presentable and having to force out a smile is definitely a plus!!

Michelle

*This is a collaborative post*
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20 comments

  1. Great article. A lot to weigh up before making the jump.

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  2. Totally agree with all of these! I love working from home, but I'm def eating way too many snacks & I get very easily distracted! x

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  3. This is such an interesting insight because soon I'll be working from home and I do feel nervous about what is in-store!

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  4. Great post this. The lonleyness factor is why I feel I could never work from home full time!

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  5. For me the pros certainly out way the cons. But definitely can understand the lonely side of it with not having face to face interaction. I definitely would prefer a career working from home where possible.

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  6. I worked from home for a while and I agree, the lack of face to face interaction does drive you barmy!

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  7. Interesting reading - pros outweigh the cons in my book - can never get back the quality time with family

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  8. Great post and can definately relate to both pros and cons. Being lonely is a big downside

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  9. It should definitely be offered as an equal option wherever it is possible. It would make work so much more accessible for many people. I also wonder about how much commuting costs both public health and the economy

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  10. I made the leap to self employment and working from home a couple of years ago and can wholeheartedly agree with all of the above! I find it desperately lonely sometimes and some days can be really unmotivated, but I get to pick my children up from school every day and that makes it all worth it!

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  11. I used to do database entry work for a local company. I started it when my eldest child was about 6 months old and continued until my youngest was nearly 3. There were definitely more pros than cons - I had a short break after the birth of my 2nd, 3rd and 4th child but would then return to doing the work once I felt able. It was convenient but it was lonely and if one of the children was ill or wouldn't settle, I wouldn't be able to work. Fortunately, the company and I had a good relationship and there was plenty of give and take. Sadly, it all came to an end when the company relocated, although it was probably quite good timing as my youngest was at nursery and started school a year later, which meant I returned to part-time work outside of the home. By this time, I was glad to get out and meet different people and leave work outside of the home.

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  12. I love having my dog as I work from home, it means I can take him out for a walk in the morning after the kids are dropped off. I either go on my own and enjoy the peace and fresh air or arrange to walk him with a friend. This keeps the loneliness at bay a bit more

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  13. My wife works from home and I would love to as well, but plenty to consider before making the leap!

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  14. I work from home and agree with all of these pros and cons. I often ask myself how many biscuits it will take to finish a project, which is a terrible habit!

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  15. I would love to work from home and spend more time with my family and step children x

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  16. I want to give working at home a go - this has made me realise I need to think more before going ahead

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