Work and home are two environments that most people have to balance out. It’s unlikely to find someone that will only be concerned about one of them, as people usually want and need both to be able to provide for their families and to be able to spend time with them and reap the benefits of putting in all those work hours. That being said, many are unable to properly do both since work will keep them away from their families for the longest time. This can be inconvenient and while families usually understand the necessity of this up to a point, they eventually crack under the pressure of not seeing you often enough.
A solution that can help those that find themselves in this situation would be to work directly from home. This wasn’t always possible or efficient, but today technology allows people to do such things without having any drops in their work performance. All they need really is a computer and an internet connection. But this isn’t a perfect arrangement as there are a certain number of things that you will miss once you start working from home. Here are some of the pros and cons that come with this sort of arrangement.
The pros of giving up the office
- Flexible schedule that allows for more dynamic time planning throughout the day
- No distractions like office gossip or otherwise distracting affairs
- The freedom for one to choose their own work hours and also to wear the clothes they want (which they couldn’t had worn at the office)
- No more money spent on the commute to work each day
The cons of giving up the office
- No more face time with co-workers can mean a strain in the relationship with colleagues
- No one there for motivation and moral support during difficult projects or tasks
- No distinction between home, the place of relaxation and the office, the place of work
- The need to manifest great self-discipline to start work every day or keep a schedule since there are no more such imposing demands from the office
These are some of the pros and cons of giving up the office in favor of working from home. While there are some drawbacks indeed, many would still be interested in this sort of experience. One can even start their own business from home. There is a blog that looks into that a bit more and his explanation is a bit more detailed. That being said, it comes down to each individual to decide if working from home would do more good than harm for their lifestyle.