Having emerged from several lockdowns, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have experience of working from home. Perhaps they never worked from home before but now, they know what it’s like. They also know whether they enjoyed the experience or found it deeply frustrating.
You see, working from home isn’t for everyone. It’s something which has to fit with your situation and you have to be very self-motivated to make it work. However, if you can do that, you’ll discover a way of working that gives you a home and work-life balance.
If you’re faced with a choice and you’re not sure which one to go for, let’s explore.
Working From Home Pros & Cons
- Better home and work-life balance for many
- No commuting, which saves money
- No need to purchase lunches out, which again, saves money
- Better productivity if you can make it work for you
- Increased job satisfaction for those who enjoy it
- A need to be very self-motivated
- Communication issues with the office
- A risk of isolation from your colleagues/missing out on office banter
- Lack of support in some cases
- Not always being able to “close the door” on work
- The need to set ups home office, with office furniture
Working From The Office Pros & Cons
- You’re surrounded by your team members
- Easy to ask for support if you need it
- Easier to motivate yourself
- A definite separation between home and work
- You are part of the team which make work more interesting
- Collaboration is easier
- You may not get along with everyone in the office
- Conflicts can occur which makes work harder
- The need to commute to work daily
- Poor home and work-life balance for some
So, which suits you better? It’s a personal choice and there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. For sure, working from home is a great option for many and it could be that you’re able to work from home some of the time and top up the rest of your house in the office, sitting at your regular office chair.