The Pros and Cons of Working Remotely

The Pros and Cons of Working Remotely

Many people had to switch to remote work because of the pandemic. As such, more and more companies are thinking about changing the work culture and letting employees operate remotely so long as it does not get in the way of their work.

However, going fully remote requires a lot of preparation. Before jumping the gun, it is recommended to take some time and consider the pros and cons of remote work so that it is easier to determine the approach.

Pros

#1. Better Productivity

Productivity varies from person to person, but it would not be a stretch to say that employees find it easier to stay at the top of their game while working from home.

For one thing, there are fewer distractions. You do not have to deal with colleagues who come and try to talk to you just to pass the time and distract you from work. 

Working at your own pace (so long as you can finish before the deadline) is a great advantage as well. Finally, there is no need to spend time in the morning commute and feel stressed about traffic jams.

#2. Decreased Costs

No commute is just one of the examples of how you can save money working remotely. Decreased costs are beneficial for both the company and employees. 

Not needing to rent office space can save thousands, nor is there a need to worry about document management as much and waste money on printers when you can manage files digitally for the most part.

#3. Extra Freedom

Extra freedom is one of the biggest benefits of working from home, and it is this freedom that is pushing employees to avoid returning to offices. If you have a flexible schedule, you can set the work hours and not worry about failing to find time to relax. 

If you want, you can work during the early mornings and finish the tasks earlier, or leave most of the work for the second part of the day and take care of personal matters during the day.

Working from home means finishing your work and getting on with your day. On the other hand, when you are stuck in an office, you might find yourself killing time doing trivial things because there is still an hour or two left for the day to finish.

#4. Improved Work-Life Balance

It is easier to find the balance between work and life when you do not have to worry about commuting. Many people struggle to get enough sleep, so an extra hour or so in the morning can make a huge difference.

The extra free time can also be used to spend time with family and catch up with them after potentially missing it because of too much work. 

#5. Better Employee Retention

Right now, it is common to ask employers if they offer remote work options. A company is more likely to hire and retain top clients if it has a flexible work policy. Candidates who have to choose between multiple career options are more likely to go with a company that incorporates remote work policies.

Cons

#1. Isolation

If you are close with your employees or love the office culture in general because you get to socialize with others, remote work does not sound too great. Spending time and getting attached to people will leave you isolated when you need to work from home.

There are alternatives, such as using TeamViewer and other apps to video chat, but it is not the same as meeting people in person.

#2. Less Collaboration

Fewer collaboration opportunities can lead to worse team-building experiences. People from the same department are less likely to interact with one another outside of work when they are stuck at home, and it can lead to a worse atmosphere.

It is also worth noting that if someone has problems with their computer, such as drive storage issues, a regular IT guy who took care of things for you will not be available. As such, you will have to look for more tips on how to counter the problem yourself, and it can be difficult for those who are not too tech-savvy. 

#3. Lack of Information Access

Both new and veteran employees might find themselves unable to access important information after a switch to new work arrangements. For instance, when someone does not know something, they will likely message a colleague and ask for help.

However, as you are not asking in person, you cannot know when the coworker will check their email or messages on a communication platform and get back to you.

#4. Decreased Face-to-Face Connection

No face-to-face connection might mean worse results as supervisors cannot manage their team as efficiently. Not communicating in person is also a struggle because the chance of making a mistake is higher.

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