Many people argue that it’s more enjoyable to work from home. However, we’re here to help you form your own opinion! Here are some pros and cons to help you figure out … is it truly the “most enjoyable” work method?

Pros:

  1. Appearance: When working from home, you are no longer expected to dress professionally, wear makeup, do your hair, or even wear shoes for that matter! The walls of a home bring a comfort that no firm will be able to.
  2. Unlimited breaks: Another benefit of working remotely is your ability to allow yourself a break at any moment. After all, you’re no longer being watched, so you can work at your own speed!
  3. Atmosphere: A great component of having your own personal workspace is your ability to create the perfect atmosphere to allow you to be productive. Whether this entails a certain type of music playing, the lighting within your space, or even the color of the walls in your home office, you get to set everything up by yourself!
  4. No Commute: Arguably the greatest benefit of working from home is the money you save on gas and transportation costs, as well as the time you save from commuting.
  5. Independence: Working from home allows you to be independent in a way that no firm can. You work when you want, at the time you want, in the increments you desire, and in the amount that works for you. Even more, you are nearly guaranteed that no one will be looking over your shoulder and monitoring your progress.
  6. Working Around Your Clock: In relation to the independent aspect that working from home provides, you are surely granted the opportunity to work around your own clock. This allows you to incorporate errands into your day, exercise, free time, a coffee run, or other activities that working 9-5 in an office setting will not allow.

Cons:

  1. Communication: Communicating with your boss and a team from home will definitely require more time and effort. Emailing back and forth can often become tedious, and losing the face to face value of conversation will sometimes bring about miscommunication and mistakes.
  2. Home Distractions: Although you’ve escaped the distractions that come with your office, you must remember that there are plenty of distractions within your home (whether it’s kids, the TV, the refrigerator, or even your own bed!).
  3. Less Discipline: It can be pretty easy to become too comfortable in your own home, so don’t let yourself! Without constant supervision from your manager and other co-workers, it can become harder to focus and complete your tasks.
  4. Working Too Much: In a home setting, you no longer have a set schedule. However, as an employee, you are nearly required to set your “work schedule” as you would in an office, although this can become greatly hard to do.
  5. Workspace: Creating a workspace can become super expensive, but it is almost a necessity. Without a space to work, it becomes extremely easy to get stuck working from your bed, or in an environment with heavy distraction (ie: kitchen). Working in a space that is too comfortable will negatively impact your productivity.
  6. Less Professional: Although you are likely working just as much as the employees who are in the office full time, it is easy for you to fall off the radar of your superior because of your physical absence. This can lead to a lesser chance of promotion, recognition, or raise.
    1. Extra Tip: To avoid this, make sure that you showcase your care for the company by meeting with your boss on a consistent basis. This will help you stay in the loop, communicate more clearly, and avoid time spent video-chatting, calling, or emailing.

After reading these pros and cons we hope you have a better understanding of what it is like to work outside of an office setting! So… what do you think is better?

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