The ability to work from home, anywhere, or on-the go has become astronomically more popular with the advancement and prevalence of technology. There are some industries and organizations where working remotely is very conducive to the end-goal and its people and some are just the opposite – where it is not feasible or has not progressed with technology enough.
According to the Gallup State of American Workplace in 2016, 43% of employees work remotely with some frequency. 80% of employees want to work from home at least part of the time (State of Remote Work 2019, Owl Labs). These are some of the pros and cons for remote work.
Life happens and having flexible hours to deal with unforeseen circumstances is much more realistic when working remotely. Maybe your car breaks down. You can bring your car in to get fixed and while it is being serviced, you can work from your laptop while waiting.
People that work remotely understand the importance of trust and creating high levels of productivity. Working remotely may pose potentially fewer distractions than when in the office and limits operational expenses.
Money and time saver:
Without having to worry about time spent commuting or money spent towards that commute, you can put that time and money into something else. The average commute in the U.S. is 26 minutes each way.
Attracting more talent:
Providing the opportunity to work remotely is allowing the employer to attract a wider pool of talent. Need we say more?
With working remotely, there is less of a chance for collaboration and formulating trust / bonds. Depending on certain jobs and personality types, this might be a good thing for some and not so good for others.
Out of the Loop:
Working out of the office can make it more difficult to be kept in the loop, aka less opportunity for advancement. Now, your work can certainly speak for itself but without physically seeing the work or employers every day might be a damper on growth within the company.
There’s always risk involved when it comes to traveling and cybersecurity – two different types of threats and safety issues, but very relevant. This ranges from public wifi shared in hotels and hotels, eavesdropping, special files saved on computers, car accidents, etc.
We listed productivity as a pro for working remotely, but for some it may be easier to become distracted rather than crank out the to-do list. If you know this is you, working remotely may not be the best for you.
Here are some tips on working from home life.