Going To Work In Your JimJams (or even loungewear) – The Remote Working Debate.
I have a friend who works from home about six days a month. The business he works for has decided that as long as the work gets finished on time, and that his productivity is not affected, then there is no need for him to be in the office or on site every day.
It sounds perfect doesn’t it? No more rushing to work, no more hastily throwing wet washing in the dryer at 7 am (oh come on, we have all done it) and no more frustrating delay in traffic or humid bus journeys.
The truth is actually a little more down to earth though, so here are few pros and cons of teleworking.
- You can arrange your day your way. You take lunch when you want; you have as many coffee breaks as you want and you decide when it is time pack up for the day. Best of all you will be more able to get to those harvest festivals and school concerts that you may have missed in the past. Seeing your little one dressed as a tomato and singing about conkers may well make being master of your own time seem the biggest benefit.
- No more commuting, Blog November 2015 for many of us it is a genuinely stressful experience. Never being stuck in traffic at 8:58 when your first meeting is at 9:00 can feel like Heaven.
- You can concentrate without distractions. There is no office chatter or other distractions and many teleworkers get a great deal more done in that focused burst of activity at home.
- You can save money. Apart from the obvious cost of travel you are less likely to have that expensive sandwich for lunch.
On the other hand…
- Much less contact with the workplace. This can be a real issue for people who enjoy the social aspect of working. We have a really close team here at Back Office Support, and you can’t underestimate how important that can be. Frankly working at home can be a little lonely. (I do from time to time but I am on the road a lot so being in the office is preferable for me)
- Not only is occasionally lonely but you can’t bounce ideas around. If you need a second opinion, there is nobody to turn to at home. The cat isn’t going to be much use.
- Kids, dogs and the washing up can be a distraction and for some people working from home just doesn’t work. Knuckling down to a task can be much easier in the work environment at times.
- Sometimes it can cause resentment, and you may need to work harder. In some cases, teleworking can be a bit of a bone of contention if not everyone has the option. Also, you can be in danger of putting a little bit of psychological pressure on yourself by thinking you need to work more, to prove how hard you are actually working at home.
- Finally teleworking can take away your front door – by which I mean the thing that separates home from work. It’s very easy for your work/life balance to slip.
There is probably no simple yes or no answer to the question of whether teleworking is worth it. In the end, it probably comes down the individual person and how they feel most productive.