Many people have attempted to work from home during the COVID19 outbreak. They argue that it’s inconvenient to take time out of their day and travel to the office, and that they can complete all tasks just as well from home.
We’re going to be discussing some pros and cons of working from home during times like this, including how it affects your productivity levels, how social isolation may impact your relationships with co-workers, and if employers are willing to allow remote work or not.
The pros and cons of working from home during COVID19
PROS: You can focus more and avoid interruptions:
Many people have a hard time being productive when they’re around other people, especially if they’re around people they don’t like. Working from home gives you the opportunity to be by yourself or with your family, and to be productive without having to interact with others. This includes the option to not respond to texts or phone calls – which can help you reduce stress levels.
To further reduce stress, you can control your environment – this means removing all possible distractions. For example, you can play music with no lyrics so that you aren’t distracted by catchy beats or instruments. You can also eat healthy snacks that don’t give you the jitters or make loud crunching sounds.
You can avoid negative co-workers:
While it’s great to have co-workers around you to collaborate and brainstorm ideas with, there’s a downside – some of them are toxic people who like causing drama. It’s nice to be able to avoid these people without having to travel back and forth between home and the office all day long.
When you work from home, you can also avoid the people who are already sick and contagious. You won’t be touching them or contaminating yourself, so you’ll be less of a risk to others in the office.
You can be closer to family:
While many believe that working remotely from home is a negative experience – both with co-workers and with loved ones – it’s possible to have a positive experience by working with your family. This is especially true if you live in close proximity to your loved ones. You can communicate and interact more often, which can help strengthen relationships between all of you.
CONS: You may feel isolated from co-workers:
If you’re used to working in a very social environment where you have a lot of interaction with others – including your boss – then you might feel isolated and lonely during times like this. You can’t interact with them in the same way that you would in a normal situation. In fact, some people prefer to work remotely just for this reason!
Additionally, if you’re used to working in an office where your co-workers all sit together, it can be stressful not knowing where they are when they’re sick. You may be afraid of accidentally touching them or being around them when they sneeze.
You might miss out on face-to-face interactions with clients:
Many people are afraid of missing out on potential business because they’re working from home. When you’re working remotely, you may be missing out on important moments like coffee meetings with clients or getting to meet new members of your company.
However, there are ways that you can enjoy benefits of working from home while still holding onto your regular client relationships. You can still meet with clients like this if you have a strategy in place – for example, meeting them at the office when everyone else is in the middle of the work day. You can also maintain strong relationships by making sure that you discuss job openings every time the topic pops up.
You might become stressed or anxious because of missing out on social interactions:
While you can work from home, you might also find yourself wishing that you could spend time with friends and family. There’s no substitute for this. When you’re working remotely, it is possible to talk on the phone or send email at any time of day, but this isn’t the same as face-to-face conversations.
You need to have a strategy in place if you want to maintain relationships. Some people choose to work from home when they need a break and don’t have clients to meet with during their daily routine.
In conclusion, it’s worth weighing all the pros and cons before you decide to work from home. Try to develop a plan for working remotely and set boundaries. You should also consider your schedule, as working from home on evenings and weekends might be difficult. If you’re adopting this lifestyle, it’s important to remember that there are advantages and disadvantages so that you can manage your expectations when things go wrong.
Which of these reasons do you think is most important for why people choose to work remotely? Do you want to work from home? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!