Is Working From Home The Best Choice For You?
Is Working From Home The Best Choice For You?
The glorified work-from-home job: waking up at 10:00 and walking five steps to your office in your pajamas. Who wouldn’t want that? But, of course, there’s always a down side. You have the group of people telling you it’s amazing, you have a super flexible schedule, you fulfill all your at-home responsibilities, and you’re comfortable “at work.” And then there’s the group that says you get no work done, you’re distracted and unfocused, less productive, and you will lack motivation.
Actually, your success and productivity in an office job vs a work-from-home position depends on each individual’s work ethic and personality, and therefore varies greatly from person to person. Some people can’t get anything done and can’t focus, while others are happier, more productive, and actually work more than they would in an office setting.
While there may be many advantages to working from home,it requires an extreme amount of self-motivation, self-discipline, and a strong work ethic. “I’m tired of being secluded to my crammed office cubicle,” is not a sufficient reason to search for a remote job position. This type of work environment is not for everyone and the decision of whether or not to work from home requires some deep self-evaluation and careful consideration of the pros and cons of working from home.
- You’re not limited to a specific geographic region when searching for a job.
- There’s no commute to work in the morning; just the few steps that you take to your home office.
- You’re healthier because you aren’t surrounded by so many other people in such close quarters every day. If you do get sick, you can get all your work done from your bed with tissues and cough medicine by your side and easy access to hot soup and plenty of blankets without infecting any of your coworkers.
- You possess the ability to work longer hours because you aren’t leaving your work in the office at 5:00 everyday when you leave. Your work stays with you so there are no excuses. Unfortunately, excuses such as, “I don’t have my work computer,” or “I forgot that file on my desk,” aren’t relevant anymore.
- More flexibility! Everything is up to you and on your own time schedule: the clothes you wear, the location you choose to work, your work schedule, your hours, the food you eat (you’re not limited to the office café or nearby fast-food restaurants), etc.
- Many people say your at-home work environment is less-stressful. You don’t feel as if someone is constantly looking over your shoulder, you’re able to wear any clothes you want in the comfort of your own home, and you don’t feel like you’re on a daily time-crunch.
- You’ll have a better work and home balance because the two are combined. But, be careful not to let one take over the other. It’s important to keep a healthy balance. And because the two are no longer separated, it’s up to you not to cross that thin line between work and home
So, as you can see there are some very clear benefits of working from home. This must be why your dream job isn’t even a job at all, but a location; and that location is your house. But, don’t get too excited yet. There are some cons to consider as well. I would say a work-from-home position is the perfect solution for:
- Stay-at-home parents that want to get back to work but have very busy schedules in their daily life, making it hard to meet regular working hours, and...
- Students who are taking either full or part-time classes, but still need to find time to work, or…
- Someone who has found their dream job, but it happens to be in a different geographic region or someone who already works at a job they love, but either them or their company is relocating for some reason. Working from home would still allow them to have the job that they love.
- It can be distracting when you’re trying to get work done but you have constant distractions from kids, pets, and your spouse as soon as they get home. If you work in an office, you’re only distractions (typically) are from coworkers or your boss and are about work-related topics.
- It’s difficult to focus on work when your mind keeps wandering to other tasks that you are surrounded by all day, such as cleaning, laundry, and cooking. Or maybe your lack of focus stems from the sun shining through the window and your strong urge to sit outside with a drink in your hand.
- There is an obvious lack of basic communication and interaction between coworkers and your boss when you’re sitting at home by yourself all day, every day. It could get lonely and boring after some time. This could also lead to miscommunication about work tasks or group projects.
- You are judged solely on numbers and tangible factors because your boss can’t see the extra hours or work that you are putting in every day.
- It can be difficult to prioritize your work and home responsibilities when there is no separation between the two.
- Your work is less organized because you don’t have a specific office space to organize all your work. Your home is your office; therefore, you might leave important notes or files lying randomly throughout your house for your kids to use as a coloring book.
- In order to be productive in a home office environment, it is necessary to have an exceptional work ethic, self-discipline, and self-motivation. Working from home isn’t the optimal solution for everyone.
- You may be at risk of overworking and overstressing yourself because you never escape your work environment. If you stress about a work task or project at 10:00 at night, you could find yourself working until 2:00 a.m.
While working from home seems like the optimal working environment, it may not be the best choice for you. In some cases, the bad outweighs the good. This decision should be made with your personality and work ethic in consideration, not solely from what other people tell you. Some people prefer working from home, some love an open office layout, others enjoy the privacy of their cubicle. However, no matter what your “work personality” may be, make the most of your work environment and create a workspace for yourself that will maximize your productivity and help you reach your full potential.