With the outbreak of the covid 19 pandemic the way we worked has changed. The coronavirus made companies all over the world to send their employees to work virtually from home. Working from home has given some employers the flexibility they require to continue their business activity while at the same time prioritizing the health and well-being of workers and customers as well as also fulfilling their public health responsibility. The recurring question during the coronavirus pandemic was if workers can or cannot work from home.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, working from home was already on the increase and building momentum. Many individuals, workers, and employees started identifying the benefits it can bring to business and how it improves their work-life balance.
In the meantime, the benefits and disadvantages of working from home have become clear. So Whether you are on the hunt for a remote job or you have already started working virtually, you can examine this list of the pros and cons of working from home to working from the office. The pros of working from home include;
Better Work-Life Balance
When people work from home, they have flexible schedules because they get to choose their work hours meaning that they can start and end their day however they choose as long as they get their work done effectively. This is an invaluable advantage especially when it comes to attending to the needs of your personal life. Tasks like dropping off the kids at school, running some errands, attending a fitness class, being around for a contractor to fix things and more become easier to manage when you work from home.
Reduced Commuting stress
People spend almost an hour on average every day commuting to and from work. Commuters spend about 100 hours commuting and 41 hours of their lives stuck in traffic annually according to the Auto Insurance Center. The case is worse for other commuters. The possibility of saving time is one of the benefits of working from home. Commuting has been associated with increased levels of stress, anxiety, and health issues like higher cholesterol elevated blood sugar levels, and so on. Eliminating this process helps mental and physical health. This time can be used to do other things outside of work like getting a healthy breakfast, spending more time with the family, getting extra sleep, or even working out.
Saving Money and Improved Inclusivity.
One of the benefits of working from home is the ability to work from anywhere all over the world, the absence of being physically present in the workplace has given room to more inclusivity and allowed different people from different countries access to work. People from different geographical, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses can all work together and embrace diversity. Also working from home helps to save on expenses like gas, car maintenance, transportation, parking fees, wardrobe expenses, buying lunches, etc. Working from home puts more money back in your pocket.
Even though we love having zoom meetings in our pajama pants, working from home has its drawbacks. Here are some of the cons of not working in the office.
The lack of difference between work and leisure time.
Working from home can blur the professional and personal lives of workers. Most people find themselves working around the clock and having little to no time for personal relaxation that office workers often take for granted.
Misreading of Cues
Another downside to working from home as opposed to working in the office is the fact that it is easy to misread cues such as body language, facial expressions, and others via electronic communications. Working from home requires additional effort to maintain positive interactions.