Working from home. It can mean many things to many people. If you’re running your business, it’s where you get your work done, your home is your office. If you’re senior management of a company, maybe it’s the place away from the office, with zero distractions, the Mecca of ultimate productivity. But for others, those who are bit lower down in the food chain, it’s a place to work at minimum efficiency. The television is on in the background, a trip to the fridge is a half hourly occurrence while other odd jobs are completed on your extended breaks which also included trips to the fridge. So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of working at home?
- No commute: most people have one, cutting this out of your daily life will cut hours off of your work life.
- No co-workers: nobody to bother you here, you sit down, do your work and dispense of the small talk in your life.
- Your own timetable: You can set your own daily schedule. You can do what you want when you want, whether that’s waking up a bit later, going to the gym in the middle of the day, it’s all up to you.
- Comfortable: Most of us are at our happiest in our own home, we have our favourite chair to sit and everything can be set up to how we want it and we like it
- No commute: Sometimes it’s the time on the train or on the bus sitting in traffic where you can clear your head. You’re out of the house, family life has been left behind for the day and you begin planning for the day ahead. The commute is much needed.
- Co-workers: There can be nothing more boring than sitting alone all day, it comes to the end of the day and you haven’t said a word to anyone. How lonely. Co-workers, no matter how annoying, can at least help you through the day.
- Schedule: Structure is good for some people. The timetable is needed, the scheduled breaks are important as is the time that signals the end of the day.
- Comfortable: It’s just too comfortable sitting in your favourite chair, it’s cold outside but not in your house, the television is talking in the background and before you know it you’ve nodded off. Not productive.
We would all like to do it more often as working from home can be fantastic. It’s a break from the office routine, or else just a sure way to fall asleep after your lunch.