Working from home may sound like a wonderful way to work to some people, and it can be. However there can also be some downsides to this way of working too. If your job is one that allows you to work from home should you so wish, then you should weigh up the pros and cons of doing so first.
Here’s a list of some of the pros and cons of working from home:
- If you have children, working from home means you get to spend much more time with them. Of course you will be working, but at the same time you get to watch them grow and progress, without missing any important milestones or any small achievements that you may have missed had you been in the office.
- Your working day will seem much smaller as you will be completely cutting out your travel time to and from the workplace. Delays in public transport, sitting in traffic, and leaving work later than expected will be a thing of the past!
- There is the potential to save a lot of money on clothing. People tend to buy a whole other wardrobe of attire just to wear for work – usually things they wouldn’t wear in their own time. If you’re working from home this is one less thing for you to worry about, and save money on.
- Working from home means you are able to give yourself a break when you feel you need one rather than having to stick to set times at the workplace. Often, lunch hours are cut short so you can get back to work to finish something or because you were late going on your lunch etc. but this shouldn’t be a problem at home. You can take a full hour to revive yourself, and you can take it when you feel you need a pick me up so your mind doesn’t get foggy or tired when working.
- This may not be an important pro for some people, but I think if you have a nice home that you are proud of, it can be irritating to think you spend more time in a boring work place than you do in a lovely place that you pay a mortgage or rent on. At least if you’re working from home you can take advantage of your own personal space and enjoy it more, since you are paying to do just that.
- It can be nice to work alone, without anyone breathing down your neck about deadlines etc., or any office drama, or annoying work colleagues. So you may actually get more work done, and to a better standard.
- The idea of spending more time in your own lovely little space, however wonderful, can also mean you get a little TOO comfortable. This may result in your work standards slipping or becoming slack if the temptation to do something else, just because you’re at home, is too strong! It’s all too easy to allow yourself ‘just a couple of minutes’ of daytime TV, or to get distracted by doing something unrelated to work. There is nobody there to get on your back about deadlines etc so you needn’t worry about them, right? (Wrong!).
- Tying in with the above statement, chores may become the bane of your life. As household or personal chores build up throughout the week, it will become even more obvious if you are at home. It can also go one of two ways; you will feel the constant need to get up and finish a chore, or you’ll get bogged down by chores that need doing and working at home won’t seem like much fun anymore. At least if you’re coming home from the office you can come straight in with the intention of getting something done before you even sit down, so it doesn’t seem as much of a burden. When you’re at home you actively notice chores building up and this can only be a bad thing.
- Lack of competitiveness is another con. Being alone at home means having nobody to compete with or try to out-do. You may find your fighting and competitive spirit dwindling.
- And lastly, it can be a little lonely. Especially if you live alone, or have a partner who is work and children at school all day. You may find you miss the banter, laughs, general chit chat and gossips that can be had in the workplace! After all, work friends are the people who you probably spend most time with, so it is inevitable you will get on well with somebody at work! After work drinks will also probably be a thing of the past, since you are less likely to meet up with everyone who has shared the same offices all day – what happens if there is a joke you’re not in on?! On a serious note, you may feel you don’t fit in with the people you used to work with after working at home for a while.
Of course there are probably many different pros and cons that could be added to these list, but in reality, everybody is different and what may be a pro for one person may be a con for someone else. So if you are making the decision about working from home, I hope these points have helped, and I advise you to make your own personalised pros and cons list too!
Written by Katy James