There are now more people than ever before working remotely. While the pandemic helped the change along, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the change was inevitable. Some are now considering making the move permanent – and are willing to quit their job to do so.
What are the pros and cons of remote work? Let’s find out.
1. Save Time and Money on Commuting
Commuting is one of the most expensive aspects of working. It costs money to drive to work. It costs a lot of time as well. For employers, eliminating the commute means employees are more likely to be on time and not miss work due to bad traffic or weather. For employees, it means you save money on gas and parking and start work feeling much better than you would otherwise.
2. More Autonomy and Freedom
Working from home gives you a greater sense of autonomy and freedom. It empowers you to perform at your best. Having the freedom to work from home makes for happy employees and, as we all know, a happy worker is a productive worker. That a job is done, and done properly, is more important than where it’s done.
3. Freedom to Change Working Hours
We’re slowly discarding the old 9-5 mindset. Not everyone is productive during the day. Some people find they work better during the evenings or in the early hours. Working from home gives you more freedom to work your own hours. It benefits employers as well because they can let people work when they want without worrying about office expenses. It’s a great way to keep a business open for longer without worrying about hiring new workers.
4. More Accessible for Disabled Workers
Finding work is one of the major problems of living with a disability. It’s often difficult to find a job if you have a wheelchair or need special requirements. It’s nearly impossible if you’re housebound for some reason. At least, it used to be. Working from home has opened plenty of doors for disabled workers. For employers, this also means better access to talent and a better public image. Working from home gives everyone the freedom to work where they want, no matter their health condition.
Harder to Feel Like Part of a Team
There’s a level of camaraderie that comes with working around other people all day. Being at work gives you the chance to create and develop new friendships. Your co-workers can be a source of moral support when you need one. It’s difficult to cultivate that level of intimacy when working from home. You can get to know your teammates through virtual conferencing, but it isn’t the same.
Difficult to Schedule Meetings
Technical considerations make scheduling meetings where everyone is present and accounted for difficult. It’s worse if people are working at different times of the day. Having to be there for meetings also places stress on employees if they don’t have a great internet connection or are having problems at home.
Too Much Freedom
Working remotely gives employees a sense of autonomy and freedom, but that can be a bad thing. If you’re the type of person who has trouble concentrating it’s easy to get distracted and not do your work. Working from home takes a degree of discipline that not everyone has. You need to keep an eye on yourself because no one else will.
Working remotely benefits both employers and employees, but it isn’t without some drawbacks. Make sure employees know what they are doing and can supervise themselves to get the most out of offering remote work.