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Working from home can have many benefits to you and your business including:saving you money - save on start-up costs, as you do not need to buy or rent business premises saving you time - save time that would be spent on looking for suitable business property more flexibility - avoid becoming tied into long term tenancy agreements family commitments - arrange work around family commitments help from family - for example they may help you with filing or general administration tasks minimise travelling time - save on time and money spent travelling to work less distractions - avoid the noise and distractions of the workplaceDisadvantages of working from home. However, there are challenges to working from home too. You may find there may be disadvantages such as:difficulty separating home and work life the initial expense of setting up your business at home domestic distractions and interruptions isolation/lonelinessSee advantages and disadvantages of employees working at home. Printer-friendly version Also on this site Employees working from home Start a business from home Buying business property Renting commercial property Part of My New Business Start your business checklist. Show all Structure your business. Choose the right legal structure Set up as a sole trader Set up a business partnership Set up a limited company Name your business. How to choose the right name for your business Name your partnership Name your limited company Register your name as a trade mark Register your business. Register as a sole trader Register your business partnership Register your limited company Buy a business. Buy an existing business Buy a franchise Find money. Choose the right finance when starting a business Check the finance options available Types of bank finance for businesses Types of non-bank finance Manage money. 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                            [body] => Top 10 Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home June 2020 Update: We’ve put together a Remote Workforce Resource Page open_in_new for remote employees and for those managing a remote team. And for employers and managers, we've also released the top 10 reasons why you should let your employees work from home.Let’s be real, no matter where you’re working from, you’re still doing just that: working.So, should you work from home or work from the office? It honestly comes down to the environment you’ll be most effective in, along with the industry you're in. (And how nice your home office is.)With that said, let’s take a look at some of the classic benefits of telecommuting! Top 10 Advantages of Working from Home. Flexible schedule. You can take breaks at any moment, feel no rush to hang up on your family members when they call, and eat lunch at any weird time you want.Custom environment. Set up your noise level just the way you want it — somewhere between insanely quiet to being at the front row of a Lady Gaga concert. And if you’re mindful of your workspace ergonomics, you can create a stronger rhythm for your workflows.Cozy clothes. You get to wear those sweatpants from college with the letters peeling off, or the leggings your friends don’t know you own. (And hopefully never will.)It’s easier to make calls. You won’t have to scramble to find a conference room or deal with a particularly chatty co-worker. (Granted, kids and pets at home can make this tough for some remote employees.)Knock off some weekend to-do’s. That Mt. Everest laundry pile waiting for you? That thing you set a reminder to get from the store 11 weeks ago? Cross. It. Off.No office distractions. Avoid co-workers debating the merits of cryptocurrency, sirens wailing outside your window, the AC kicking in as you hide your icicle tears.Zero commuting. From bed to … bed? Hey I’m not judging, it’s nice.Save money. Lunch is expensive if you work in a city or downtown. In San Francisco, it’s not crazy to see a $15 sandwich or $4 coffee. At home, you can save big time by going to the store and preparing food.Forget crowds and traffic. No stuffing yourself into a rickety transportation tube, having people scuff your new shoes, or walking behind agonizingly slow people who apparently don’t know what a straight line is. (Am I bitter? No … not bitter … )More time with loved ones. Take care of a sick significant other at home, be ready for your kids earlier in the day, get some extra snuggles in with your doggo, or simply get some quiet time to yourself! Top 10 Disadvantages of Working from Home. Willpower. Gotta get jamming on this new project, but Netflix says you still have 4 episodes of Tiger King to watch...Difficulty sticking to a routine. The order you do things at work is almost never the order you do things at home. It can be tough to mirror your schedule and processes once outside the office.Missing important calls or pings. Oops, my phone was on do not disturb and I missed a meeting! Or my boss slacked me and asked to prioritize something else and now it’s 4:45pm ...Calling UberEats anyways. You thought you were saving money, didn’t you? Blam-o! $20 minimum and a $5 fee for the higher rated Thai place. Should’ve remembered to buy bread …Power naps. This could arguably could be in advantages … unless it accidentally lasts 45 minutes after your delivered double entree Thai lunch.Boredom. Those office convos? Kinda missing Susan’s cat stories, eh? How long can you go without seeing another living human being?Working slowly. Sometimes the office has an energy. Sometimes your home does not.No second monitor. How did I ever work without two giant screens looming above me??? All 74 of my tabs are essential!Iffy WiFi. At home or in a cafe, when the wifi start to spaz and you switch locations a couple of times but honestly spend more time parking and ordering a 6-shot mint mojito coffee with coconut milk and 16 grains of sugar than doing work.Waiting for an answer. You need to ask a super quick question, but it’ll impact how you do something for the next hour or even the rest of the day. And there’s no response. (Cue “The Waiting.”) FOMO at Home. FOMO at Work.The grass is always greener on the other side.When you’re at work, nothing sounds more amazing than a toasty day indoors with your favorite blanket. When you’re at home, you reminisce about making jokes with your co-workers and wonder if the coffee machine made good coffee that day.Either way, it’s important to choose the environment you’ll be most successful in. After all, each person has their own unique experience with remote working and finding what works and doesn't work. One person’s productivity booster can be another’s distracting disaster. As you begin to work longer and build more experience, learning to focus in any surrounding is a valuable life skill, and will only help your professional career in the long run — especially as remote-first companies are gaining traction. If you’re still newer to the remote workforce, start by simply finding out where you do your best work and why.To Thine Own Self Be True. Some important things to consider are what environment you stay focused in the longest, how long it takes you to get back on track, and how you best communicate. If you’re self-motivated, adhere to a routine well, and enjoy minimal distractions, then working from home is the right choice for you.If you thrive on social interactions, feel inspired by seeing others working, and stay on track best if others see you, then working from the office is the way to go.Occasionally there are projects that require more quiet time or more collaboration and resource planning. It’s important to be able to mix it up, depending on where you think you’ll be most productive!Additional Resources. Featured Content. How to Avoid Over-Servicing Clients in a 24/7 World. Nonprofit Overhead: How to Reduce Costs to Zero Today. Everything You Need To Know About Billing Rates (and then some). Popular Performance Guides. Remote Workforce. 10 Reasons Why You Should Let Your Employees Work From Home A Plea to Managers… Start Tracking Time, Now ClickTime Bulletin: Get Your Timesheets Ready for the new FFCRA LegislationEmployee Performance. A Year in Review: Data Driven Insight Into Employee Performance 4 Tips for Optimizing Your Employee's Daily Workflow Routine 6 Ways to Guarantee a More Effective Performance ReviewNonprofit. Nonprofit Boards: 3 Tips for Better Remote Communication Why Your Nonprofit Should Be Tracking Volunteer Time Volunteer Management From Home: 4 Tips for Virtual Programs Start Tracking Time Today! Get Your Free Trial NowClickTime » Top 10 Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from HomeTime Tracking Software. Agency TimesheetsNonprofit TimesheetsTime Tracking for ITTime Tracking for ConsultantsEmployee Time TrackerTimesheet AppWe're Hiring!BlogResources. Remote Workforce ResourcesHR Resource CenterResource Planning TemplateCapacity Planning TemplateGuide to Project Cost EstimationHow to Get Employees to Track TimeTimesheet CalculatorTimesheet TemplateRethink Your Billing RatesLeveraging Federal GrantsTimesheet Integrations. Time Tracking IntegrationsQuickBooks Time TrackingQuickBooks OnlineQuickBooks DesktopTrello Time TrackingSlack IntegrationSalesforce IntegrationBambooHR Time TrackingRippling Time TrackingJoin Our Newsletter. Get the latest information from ClickTime on timesheet and expenses directly to your inbox. Twitter LinkedIn FacebookCopyright ©2022 ClickTime. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. We use cookies to make interactions with ClickTime easier and to improve communications. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our Cookie Policy.
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                            [body] => Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home ShareFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmail Article Updated December 2020 As the way we live our lives has changed drastically over the past year, more and more people are being put into situations where they have to work from home. But as the world starts to reopen and some people head back to the office - many businesses and employees alike are left with an important question: should we continue to work from home? The increase in Wifi and Cloud software systems has contributed to make “working from home” more accessible for just about anyone not involved in manual labour. However, as well as several benefits, there are also disadvantages that come with this concept. We were keen to look into this, finding the following results. Read on to discover the advantages and disadvantages of working from home - for both individual employees and larger businesses alike. Advantages Of Working From Home.  From lower commuting costs to increased motivation, there are many benefits which seem to come from working from home. The advantages of working from home include: Less childcare costsOpportunity for a wider pool of job applicantsIncreased productivity and motivationCost-effectivenessEnvironmentally friendly 1. Less Childcare Costs.  Working from home means that you won’t have to pay as much on childcare. The costs of play-school and after school clubs will be reduced as you will be able to look after your children personally. While there’s no denying that this might lower productivity levels, from a cost point of view, there’s never been an easier way to save. 2. Wider Pool of Applicants.  Having a team that works from home means that you no longer have to worry about office location issues when hiring. Just about anyone from around the country - or world! - can apply for your position without having to stress about getting to work every day.  This not only opens up your workforce to a whole range of skilled individuals, but it also makes your company accessible for all. For example, somebody with disabilities, won’t have to worry about getting to the office. 3. Increased Productivity & Motivation.  Many reports have found that employees feel as though they have more freedom when working from home; resulting in increased productivity and motivation. There are usually less interruptions at home, especially if the office space where you work has an open plan set up. Having a more peaceful atmosphere at home can mean that you manage to get more done without getting distracted. Motivation can also increase due to the cut in commuting and travelling time.  4. Financially Beneficial.  From a business point of view, moving to remote working is extremely financially beneficial. Your business no longer has to pay for office space or electricity bills, cutting overheads down greatly. Employees are now in charge of their own office space; you could even sell your desks and office chairs to them to keep the transition as smooth as possible. Of course, working from home is not only economical for the employer - the reduction in travelling time and costs is also beneficial for employees. 5. Environmentally Friendly.  The reduction in travelling and staff commuting means there is less air pollution, protecting the planet more. In fact, it has been found that nitrogen dioxide levels on London’s roads decreased by 31% during the first UK lockdown.  If more and more businesses permanently switch to remote working, imagine the amazing impact this would have on our environment! Disadvantages Of Working From Home.  Unfortunately, as well as bringing benefits to the table, some people may struggle with the move to work from home. From management issues to lack of teamwork, there are some things that being away from an office can’t solve. Main disadvantages of working from home include: Troubles monitoring employee performanceLess teamwork opportunitiesDifficulty solving complicated technical issuesIncreased telecommunication costsMore distractionsIt’s harder to ‘switch off’ 1. Difficult to Monitor Performance.  It is not easy for managers to monitor their staffs’ progress and performance without them being in the same office space. This is especially escalated if the job role requires a lot of “background duties” that can’t be monitored on a work’s system. Frequent catchup calls to solve this issue can be very time-consuming, reducing productivity levels. 2. Less Teamwork.  Working from home naturally means that you don’t get to work in a team as much. There is less communication between employees which in turn, may decrease an element of teamwork amongst yourselves. It can also mean that you miss out on “everyday matters”, such as daily updates and possible promotions, as you become less involved. Some employees may start to feel isolated as the business culture slips.  3. More Difficult to Problem Solve.  Simple problems, such as software issues, become more difficult to fix when you’re not in the office. It takes longer to try and help someone over the phone than it would be in person. Technological issues in particular tend to require expertise, which can take days to solve. 4. Increase In Telecommunication Costs.  The amount that you are likely to use your own mobiles increases when working from home. Not being around any of your colleagues will also mean that the phones are used more often. If the business isn’t utilising a video conferencing software, telecommunications costs can soar. 5. More Distractions.  Although it has been found that working from home can boost productivity, there’s no denying that there are some new distractions to be aware of. Factors such as noisy neighbours, family or friends will mean that your productivity and concentration levels may drop.  It also becomes a lot easier to have a ‘quick’ scroll on Instagram when no one is there to monitor you. You could be disrupted more than you may think! 6. You Never Leave Work.  Staying at home will mean that you “never leave the office”. This could mean that it becomes more difficult for you to “switch off” from the working day. No more having to get into the office for 9 and clocking out at 5. While flexibility is great, this may increase your stress and worry levels. How To Make The Right Decision For Your Business.  There are plenty of advantages as well as disadvantages when it comes to “working from home”.  The mental health and financial benefits make working from home favoured by many, however, there are also disadvantages to the concept that aren’t easily overlooked either. Balance seems to be keen here, depending on the person you are, and the industry you’re in! To make the right decision moving forward for your business, it’s wise to conduct a survey, asking employees for their opinions. Every single individual will have a different experience when working from home - it’s important that you allow their voice to be heard. You can make an informed decision on whether to move forward with flexible working, office working or full-time home working from here. Don’t forget to monitor performance and happiness levels every few months to establish whether you made the right decision. Is working from home more advantageous for you? Make sure you let us know in the comments below!  Posted by: Michael Hurd Back to the blog Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by Disqus Related Posts. 5 ways to reduce your Carbon Footprint at Work7 January 20226 Ways To Support Employees While They Work From Home9 December 20215 best ergonomic office chairs24 November 2021Acrylic and Perspex screens for desks what are the differences?5 November 2021 Online Reality is an ECommerce web site from Office Reality supplying quality products at value for money prices Café Reality is the leading online supplier of contract furniture to the leisure industry Edu-Quip is an online resource for those who look to source and buy education furniture, products and equipment for schools, colleges, universities and other educational establishments
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                            [body] => 15 advantages and disadvantages of remote work Remote work can save businesses money and reduce absenteeism. But it also comes with its disadvantages. By Amanda Stevens Published: 16 Jul 2021 Nearly every facet of life transitioned to an online format in 2020. But the biggest change was shifting from office work to remote work. Teleworking is not a new idea. In the past, it was a luxury afforded to a lucky few. But its widespread adoption due to the pandemic became a benefit of the modern job. Many companies already had long-term goals to set up remote work environments, but the pandemic accelerated the process. As the COVID-19 crisis begins to wane and vaccinations become more widespread, many people want to continue working remotely, at least on a part-time basis. There are both advantages and disadvantages to remote work. Here are some things for businesses to keep in mind as the world emerges from lockdowns and into a new working environment. Advantages of remote work. Some organizations settled into a work-from-home routine quickly. For others, it took time as they set up systems to enable remote work. Once organizations worked out the kinks, they found this new way of working had some benefits.   1. Better work-life balance. A frequent complaint in today's world is the difficulty of striking a good work-life balance. Working eight or more hours a day leaves little time for family -- especially when commutes and sleep are factored in. Working from home eliminates lengthy commutes, enabling more time with loved ones. And on days when employees aren't required to attend video meetings, they can dress any way they choose -- including pajamas. This greater sense of comfort and better work-life balance lead to less stress. 2. Higher productivity. Remote workers reported stable or increased productivity while working remotely compared to in an office, according to a Great Place to Work report. During 2020, the steepest productivity improvements came in April and May, during the height of the pandemic. Much of this was due to the elimination of daily commutes and lengthy in-person meetings. 3. Timeliness. When working from home, many of the factors that cause tardiness are reduced or removed. Eliminated factors include oversleeping, being stuck in traffic and waiting in a long line at the drive-through to get morning coffee. Being able to roll out of bed and start working is a huge time saver. 4. Reduced absenteeism and decreased turnover. Allowing remote work can help businesses retain employees and prevent absenteeism. When remote workers don't feel micromanaged and believe their employer trusts them, they are more likely to develop positive feelings toward organization leadership. In turn, workers will be less tempted to look elsewhere for employment, promoting a sense of loyalty and dedication. Even if workers aren't looking for new jobs, they might be less inclined to call out of work at random. 5. Cost savings. Remote teams enable businesses to rent smaller office spaces -- or even move to a remote, cloud-based operation completely. This saves organizations money on rent, utilities and other office supplies. 6. Flexibility. Remote work means employees can work from anywhere -- not just their home. Coffee shops, beaches and other countries are now options. If asynchronous work is appropriate, organizations can even extend operations beyond a typical 9 to 5 workday. Flexible working hours can be a godsend to employees who are night owls, or to those who have small children. This freedom is invaluable for companies looking to stretch their working hours with a limited staff. It is also an attractive benefit that enables employers to draw from a deeper candidate pool in the hiring process. 7. Incentive to improve workplace technology. Organizations scrambled to put the right tools in place to enable remote work when the pandemic began. Many companies were using outdated tools, forcing them to upgrade their systems. At the time, some businesses were already experimenting with telework and were better able to meet this challenge. But even they had difficulty scaling from a handful of employees with remote work privileges to an entire workforce. Companies needed businesses messengers, video conferencing platforms, timekeeping software, task management systems and cloud services to replace legacy systems and physical office processes. Then they needed VPNs and other cybersecurity tools to secure these systems. In the end, this technology investment helped organizations join the modern business world and put them on more equal footing. Tip and tricks for using Teams and Zoom. Video conferencing platforms are an important piece of technology for remote employees to have in their toolbox. These tools act as a virtual office, enabling a scattered workforce to collaborate on projects, share screens and communicate face-to-face. Two of the most popular video meeting tools in the business world are Microsoft Teams and Zoom. However, this technology isn't beneficial if employees don't know how to use it. Here are couple of quick-start guides on using Teams and Zoom. Microsoft Teams 101 Zoom 101 Disadvantages of remote work. While remote work has its advantages, it also has its disadvantages. Here are some things to consider before making it a permanent part of the work environment. 8. Distractions at home. There are many distractions at home that can detract from an employee's focus on their work. Some of these factors include screaming children, noise from passing traffic, ringing doorbells, dogs barking and household chores. If employees continue to work from home, it's important that they have a dedicated workspace, access to childcare and a schedule. 9. Isolation. Remote work -- especially for those who live alone -- can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Even if an employee has their own office in a physical office building, they see others in the hallway, elevator and parking lot throughout the day. They also interact with people at gas stations, coffee shops and restaurants during their commute to work and their lunch. Workers may only exchange pleasantries, but it is in-person social interaction. Employees who work from home miss out on these conversations.   10. Loss of work-life balance. Though a better work-life balance is sometimes an advantage, many teleworkers find the opposite to be true. Some employees find that work bleeds over into their home life more and more. It can start as something simple, such as responding to an email after clocking out for the day. But if workers aren't careful, that can turn into multiple emails or putting in extra work after hours. For some, this turns an eight-hour day into a 10-hour day or more. The line between work life and home life becomes blurred when the workplace is inside the home, which can lead to burnout and lower morale. 11. Increased need for meetings. Once a company's employees are spread far and wide, leadership will want to keep tabs on them to some extent. In a remote work world, this means managers can no longer walk across the office to check in on their employees. Instead, they need to schedule virtual meetings to discuss routine project management tasks. While digital meetings can be less disruptive than in-person meetings, they are rarely the highlight of the workday. And having too many meetings often causes frustration among employees. Read more here about the top business use cases for video meetings. 12. Cybersecurity concerns. Security is always at the top of a business's list of priorities. But it becomes critical when an organization must accommodate remote working arrangements. A company's potential security loopholes increase when factoring in antivirus software, firewalls and VPN configurations for employees' home internet connections. Further complicating matters is when employees decide to work from a coffee shop or other location with public Wi-Fi, and when they bring personal devices onto a business network. Before the idea of remote work is even mentioned, businesses must be sure they can meet or exceed security expectations to minimize a cybersecurity disaster. Here are some tips IT employees can use to support remote workers. Learn more about how cybersecurity is a concern for remote workers, and get some tips for securing remote work. 13. Difficulty maintaining confidentiality. Organizations also must contend with the possibility of confidentiality breaches. This could include someone overhearing a confidential discussion or seeing sensitive documents on an employee's computer. Businesses must stress the importance of maintaining confidentiality, and consider limiting work in public spaces.   14. Unstable/inconsistent internet access. No one's internet connection is completely stable at every possible second. Electricity and internet outages aside, connections can vary in speed and reliability over the course of a day. For people in crowded areas where many others also work from home -- such as apartment complexes and densely packed cities -- slow speeds, buffering, and poor audio and video connections are common. The problem is compounded by disparities in high-quality internet access throughout the country. Reliable internet service is still a commodity in rural areas. And home broadband access is generally less prevalent in Black and Hispanic residences compared to white residences, according to a PEW Research Center survey. Households reporting lower levels of education and income are also similarly restricted in terms of quality internet access. 15. Inconvenient for new hires. Starting a new job is stressful for most people, even under the best of circumstances. But new hires to an organization might feel overwhelmed if they are going from a traditional office to one primary based at home. Not only do they have to learn how to perform in their new role, but they must also learn to navigate new technology. As a result, managers may spend more time coaching a new remote employee. Transitioning back to the office. After weighing the pros and cons of remote work, many businesses may want employees to return to the office. This could be full time or using a hybrid approach. Some employees may welcome this, and others may balk at the idea. It is up to the employer to make that transition as easy and painless for workers as possible. Here are some ways to ease the transition back to the office. Communicate openly and transparently. Don't bury the plans to move everyone back to the office at the bottom of the weekly company memo. Businesses need to tell employees as soon as they've decided to return to the office. Be sure employees are aware of the anticipated timeframe and kept informed as milestones are reached. Explain why the move is necessary. Employees don't need to know every detail about the transition plan, but they will appreciate honesty about why their employer wants them to go back into the office. They will also be more inclined to see the business's perspective if they see hard data to support this decision. Make employees aware of in-office changes. Organizations should be sure employees understand what is expected of them before returning to the office. This includes things such as continued enforcement of social distancing or allowing people to continue to work from home one or more days a week. Allow employees to offer input. Many organizations took employees' advice into account when entering lockdown. Workers told employers what tools would help them do their jobs more efficiently from a remote location. Likewise, businesses should hear employees out on what would help ease the transition back to the office. Have patience. Businesses should give employees time to adjust to working in the office again. This can be done by easing them back into regular office work while still working from home part time. Also, ask for employee feedback on easing any anxieties or uncertainties during the transition. And make sure employees know what resources the company has to offer, such as on-site daycare facilities. Next Steps. The Great Resignation: Everything you need to know Anywhere Operations infrastructure enables decentralized IT Related Resources. CW ASEAN: AI puzzle coming together –ComputerWeekly.com How to protect personal data and privacy in SAP SuccessFactors –Lookout Dig Deeper on Human resource management. Understanding the 4 hidden costs of working from home By: Jon Arnold How can AI improve remote work communications? By: Jon Arnold Need for work equity and total meeting equality in world of hybrid work By: Joe O’Halloran 3 ways UCaaS supports hybrid work from home By: Jon Arnold SearchCompliance ISO 31000 Risk Management The ISO 31000 Risk Management framework is an international standard that provides businesses with guidelines and principles for ... pure risk Pure risk refers to risks that are beyond human control and result in a loss or no loss with no possibility of financial gain. risk reporting Risk reporting is a method of identifying risks tied to or potentially impacting an organization's business processes. 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                            [body] => Top Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home July 13, 2021 Anjana Pokharel Remote Work, Editor Pick 4 Working from home gives flexibility to the employee. Work from home provides a good work-life balance to the employee, increases the company’s efficiency, and helps the company accomplish its goal.  Nowadays, many companies offer these options to their employees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working from home for the first time. Working from home plays an important role in your life or the lives of those you live with. Working from home eliminates many traditional aspects of going to the office, such as dressing and communicating in business clothing, and also minimizes social interaction and standard measures of accountability.  Depending on the desired work style and cultural preferences, it could be either the best thing or the worst. For some people working from home is a real blessing, while others hate it.  Working remotely has so many real and tangible advantages. However, there are also a few disadvantages of working from home that you can solve with some planning. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of working from home to help you decide if it is right for you.  Table of Contents Advantages of Working from Home . Working from home has many advantages, from reduced commuting costs to higher motivation. Explore the best of the best advantages of working from home. Flexible Schedule. Working from home doesn’t affect normal business hours. Working from home lets you schedule your work around your most productive times and set up a workflow that best works for you.  You can take breaks whenever you want, do not feel pressured to end a call when a family member calls, and you can eat lunch whenever you want. Employees can attend family events and medical appointments more easily.   You can work in an environment that suits your preferences and makes you happy and productive; for example, you can choose your environment, temperature, lighting, setting, and mood.  You can therefore work when you feel most productive. Some people may have their most productive hours in the morning, while others prefer to work at night. Finally, you can work at your own pace. Having a work-from-home job can be incredibly beneficial for parents who work irregular shifts to accommodate their families.  Save Money. It is highly beneficial for a company to move to remote working. Your company will save a lot of money because you no longer have to pay for office space, internet bills or electricity bills. Working remotely not only saves the company money but also reduces the traveling time and transportation expenses of employees as well. Additionally, working from home can also help you cut other expenses such as meals, work clothing, and childcare.  You won’t have to spend as much money on childcare if you work from home. For parents who work from home, saving on childcare costs can be especially beneficial. Increased Productivity. When employees work from home, they feel more free, which leads to higher motivation and increases productivity. Employees who work independently at their own pace in their preferred environment, away from the stress and distractions of the office, are usually much happier and more productive. At home, there are usually fewer interruptions, and you can accomplish more without being distracted. Independently working in a peaceful environment increases your productivity.  Many people find a more relaxed or friendly environment at home, which helps them concentrate on their work and complete work faster. Productivity is also affected by the ability to move freely around your home and take breaks whenever you need them. Able to take a break from work when you’re feeling fatigued can help you stay motivated. A decrease in commuting and traveling time can also increase motivation.  Better Work/Life Balance. Having a good work-life balance motivates employees and increases their productivity. Many employees find it difficult to balance their work and personal life. This balance can be a little easier to find and maintain when working from home. Many individuals find that working from home improves their work-life balance by allowing them to schedule their work around their personal lives. If you work remotely, you can handle more essential tasks at home and enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle. You will get more time to spend on yourself and your family when you work remotely. You still feel close to your private life even though you work from home just as much time as you would in an office.  No Commute. Working from home means that you do not have to commute. No more overcrowded buses or trains. No more frustrating and annoying traffic jams. You can save time and money if you do not have to commute to and from work. It can even help you feel less stressed on a daily basis. Working from home is a great way to avoid the daily commute. Avoiding the commute can keep you mentally and physically healthy. Ditching the commute helps you support your mental and physical health. As a result, you’ll have more time to devote to priorities outside of work, such as getting more sleep in the morning, working out, eating a healthy breakfast, and spending time with family. A Healthier and Happier Work Life. Employees who work remotely tend to be more satisfied, happier, and loyal because working from home reduces stress, provides employees with more leisure time, and enhances personal relationships.  When an employee works remotely, they can set aside the time and create a healthy environment. Additionally, working from home can benefit your health in a variety of ways: Increased time for physical activityA healthy dietReduced risk of illnessTaking care of a disease or disability is easyAbility to create an ergonomic and comfortable workspace A Greater Number of Applicants. Working from home eliminates location-related issues when hiring a team. Anyone from across the country – or around the world can apply for jobs without having to worry about going to work every day.  It not only opens up your workforce to a wide range of skilled individuals but also makes your company more accessible for all. For example, someone with a disability or a pregnant woman will not have to worry about getting to the workplace. Even parents with children who tend to leave the job can be retained for the job. Fewer Distractions. Working at home eliminates office distractions. Workplace noise such as coworkers talking, phones ringing, or office equipment running can be highly distracting. These distractions are not present in a home office. You can avoid distractions from coworkers, unimportant meetings, and unnecessary interruptions if you are working from home and isolated in your own surroundings.  Even though there may be distractions at home, the distractions you face at home are much easier to control than the distractions you face at work from employees, coworkers, and other noises in the office. Decreased Stress. Working from home can reduce stress. When you work from home, you have more control over your stress levels. You don’t have to worry about commuting in the morning. Also, there are no workplace disputes or personality clashes to deal with.  You can take a break or take a power nap to refresh your mind if things get too hectic. There are no prying eyes watching you and judging you as in the office; that alone is a stress reliever.  Comfortability. You are free to dress in whatever you feel most comfortable in. Goodbye to formal dress like suits and ties. You don’t need to do your hair or wear makeup.  When you’ve had an unpleasant day, or perhaps you’re feeling cold, you can wrap in a blanket and work from a comfortable chair. But be careful; too much coziness can harm your productivity. Disadvantages of Working from Home . Despite the advantages of working from home, there are also challenges. Take a look at some of the disadvantages of working from home. Increased Isolation. Working from home without interacting with coworkers and colleagues can be quite isolating and lonely. When working from home, employees must be more resourceful and creative in order to stay in touch with their colleagues and get to know them. You can avoid loneliness and isolation by scheduling outings and events with your friends and family.  Several remote workplaces organize regular events to encourage socialization among their employees. Distractions. Although working from home can boost productivity and eliminate office distractions, there may arise other distractions such as interruptions by children, family, pets, work, friends, and neighbors. Due to these too many distractions, your productivity and concentration will be affected. Despite your physical presence at home, you need to make it clear that you are working and are unavailable for an interruption during work hours. Risk to Productivity. Even though working from home can boost your productivity, it can also be challenging. When you have the freedom to move around and take breaks whenever you feel like it, it might be challenging to stay focused on your tasks. Ultimately, this can reduce productivity.  It is great when you don’t have a boss staring at you all day. But some employees will not be able to accomplish much without that pressure.  Implementing productivity tools and task management apps is one of the best ways to increase productivity. Monitoring Performance is Challenging. Monitoring performance and managing employees without them being in the same office space are quite challenging for managers. It is especially problematic if the job role requires excessive “background duties” that are not accessible through the work’s system. It can take a lot of time to make frequent catchup calls to resolve the issue and reduce productivity.  You Never Leave Work. Having the office at home means that you will never leave work. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate private and professional lives. It may become difficult for you to take time off from work.  There will be no more getting into the office at 9 and clocking out at 5. Work can literally last from the early morning to the late evening. Your entire life revolves around your job. Flexible working can benefit you in the long run, but it may also increase stress and anxiety. Therefore, it is important to establish a dedicated home office and work routines.  Lack of Teamwork and Community. The idea of working alone away from workplace distractions may be quite appealing to some employees, while others may find it challenging. When you work from home, you don’t get to work with a team as much. It can be challenging to communicate and collaborate with others over computers and without direct interaction and communication. It is possible to connect your employees using video calls or conference platforms such as Zoom, Skype, etc., but it might not be as effective as sitting together and brainstorming ideas together.  Sometimes it’s easier and faster to explain things when you are sitting right next to your coworkers.  Difficult to Solve Problem . Helping someone over the phone takes longer than in person. It is harder to fix simple problems, such as software problems, when you are not in the office.  In particular, technological issues require expertise, which can take some days to resolve. Conclusion. Working from home requires dedication, self-discipline, and self-control. Focus on your goals and keep yourself motivated to work at home alone without getting distracted and losing drive. Do you think working from home is more advantageous for you? Please let us know in the comments section below! Also, follow us for more interesting blogs and information. 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                            [body] => The 27 Pros & Cons of Working From Home in 2021 With 15 Years of Remote Working, I Can Share The Real Pros & Cons of Working From Home. Costs, Commute, Flexibility, Promotion, Engagement & More. By Barry D. Moore - April 17, 2021 Working from home is a true blessing. There are so many real and tangible benefits to working remotely. But there are however a few serious problems that you can overcome easily with a little planning. 27 Pros and Cons of working from Home 1. Pro: Time Saved With Less Commuting. No commuting is one of my favorite benefits of working from home.  Removing the commute from your life has many knock-on effects, which will be covered in the following sections. My local office is approximately a 45-minute drive away.  By skipping the commute, I save 90 minutes per day.  The average person has roughly 30 days of vacation and public holidays per year.  So, removing the weekends and vacations from the year, we have 230 working days or commute days per year. Let’s guess that your career will span 35 years because, of course, you plan to retire early. This equates to 90 minutes X 230 days X 35 years = 12,075 hours of commuting. This means you could save 503 days of your life, 72 weeks or 1.3 years. Removing a typical commute could save you 1.3 years of your life 2. Con: Temptation To Overwork. One of the great things about working from home is zero commute time.  That means you can save from one to two hours per day of your life.  The problem is you inevitably spend that saved time by working more.  I have worked too many hours in the day; in fact, I could not even report my hours in the system because Germany has legal requirements on maximum hours of work, and if I reported them, I would have been breaking the law.  So, I worked around it by taking unofficial time off when I needed to. What is my point?  You should try to create a normal working regime where you start and finish at a specific time and don’t do emails on your phone in bed while ignoring your partner, you loser. 🙂 3. Pro: Lower Carbon Footprint. Not only do you save over a year of your life while not commuting, but you also can have a good conscience about the environment if you drive 30 miles per day to work that equates to 241,500 miles in your career. According to Carbonfootprint.com, in the scenario above, if your commute were 30 miles per day (48 kilometers), you would increase the world’s CO2 emissions by 55.5 metric tons. So you would save 55.5 metrics tons of CO2 over your career. You may save 55.5 tons of CO2 emissions over your career. If you still commute, you will need to plant five trees and have them working full time for 40 years to absorb that amount of CO2. "When You Stop Learning, You Stop Living" SkillShare Makes Learning Easy. Skillshare Is Our #1 Rated Learning Platform With Great Lessons On:  ★★★★★ Creating: Photography, Film-Making, Music, Graphic Design & Coding ★★★★★ Building: Leadership, Communication, Entrepreneurship & Marketing ★★★★★ Thriving: Personal & Professional Development, Productivity, Time Management "Skillshare is like Netflix for learning. I take a course every time I need a new skill. With over 30,000 courses to choose from, I always have something to learn." Barry D. Moore - Founder: GreatWorkLife.com Get 30 Days of Skillshare Premium for Free 4. Con: Scattered Working Hours. If you want the joy of the flexibility that telecommuting offers, that means you may end up scattering your working hours across the day.  You may want to take a few hours off at lunchtime to prepare food for the children or deliver your kids to their sports clubs. That flexibility means you will need to work later in the evening or get up a lot earlier in the morning to compensate.  For myself, the flexibility outweighs the scattered working hours, but it is still something you need to consider. 5. Pro: Decreased Commuting Costs. Not only saving time and the environment, but you will actually save money too.  It costs you 60.8 cents per mile on average, according to the AAA in a 2017 report.  This means that traveling 30 miles per day, 230 days per year over 35 years, will save you $164,200.  Yes, you read it correctly.  I double-checked the math on it; it’s true. You will save $264,220 dollars over your career by not commuting 6. Con: A Less Structured Daily Regime. As the old sayings go, “humans are creatures of habit,” or “people need structure to thrive.”  There is some truth in these proverbs, so you need to recognize that if you are a creature of habit or if you do need a fixed work-life structure, then working virtually or remotely may not be for you. “It sounds crazy, but to be truly flexible you actually need discipline” This actually means that adopting a flexible approach to your working hours and your life requires the deep discipline to actually achieve your working goals.  If that means working late into the night because you took time out in the afternoon, then do it.  Commit to delivering your goals and be flexible as to what time of the day you do that, and you will be fine. 7. Pro: Lower Chance Of A Motor Accident. According to the Federal Highway Commission, the average number of miles per car accident for the average US driver is 165,000.  In our example of 30 miles per day, you would cover 241,500 miles. This means you would avoid one car accident in your lifetime.  Also, 1 in 77 car accidents is fatal, so that means it is undeniably better to telecommute than really commute. 8. Con: Finding Space For A Home Office. Ideally, you should have a part of the house that is separated by a door, and the door is lockable.  In a large corporation and working across organizations and functions, 99% of people do not know you work from home.  The fact is home workers are considered less serious than those who drive into an office.  So, there is no reason to broadcast the fact that you work from home.  In fact, don’t talk about it; get the job done.  A dog barking or your child screaming gives the game away, and you will not be taken seriously after that. Make sure you have a private room, we all know the phenomena; on a conference call, and someone is working from home in the kitchen where you can hear a crying baby or the wail of police sirens. To maintain the air of professionalism whilst in meetings, you need a quiet private room with no disruptions. You need to dedicate a part of your house to this, which will take space away from your family. 9. Pro: Decreased Stress. Working from home also decreases stress in two ways.  Firstly, you do not have the stress of commuting to work in the morning.  Secondly, you do not encounter the high levels of stress involved in personality clashes or workplace politics. If you need to take a break or have a power nap to freshen your mind, you can because you have more flexibility.  No prying eyes are watching your every move and judging you like in the office; that is stress relief in itself. 10. Con: Less Human Time With Your Team. Now here is one of the biggest drawbacks, the human connection.  There are no workarounds for this. Being in the office means you will, over time, develop relationships with certain people that turn into friendships.  You will even have professional relationships where you gain a mentor or simply someone to bounce your work issues off.  This does not happen for telecommuters, or at least the opportunities are far fewer. 11. Pro: Increased Flexibility. One of the great benefits of working from home is that you can also do everything outside the house at off-peak Times: Visiting the doctor at 11 am is 15 minutes of waiting – at 5 pm, 90 minutes. Go Food Shopping at 9 am no queue 20 minutes – at 6 pm long queues 1 hour. Literally, all appointments during the week are so efficient during working hours you can save months of wasted time, which you can make up earlier or later in the day. 12. Con: Less Movement Impacts Health. If you wear a fitness tracker watch or use your phone to track your steps, you will know your goal is usually 10,000 steps for the day; then, you are successful. That is great for normal office worker humans; most people can actually achieve that without thinking.  You get up, make breakfast, walk to your car, drive to work, walk around the office, walk to lunch, walk to meetings slowly, but surely you can, with a little effort, get to 10,000 steps. As a home worker, this is not the case.  You take 50 steps, and you are at the office; you do not walk to meetings. A big expedition for you is to walk to the coffee machine in your kitchen. This is a serious problem. Ten thousand steps are not a target for fit people; it targets a human being not to rust up their joints. If you work from home, you need to exercise to minimize the impact on your health. 13. Pro: A More Flexible Approach To Exercise. If you telecommute, you need to exercise.  But the joy of it is that whenever you have a gap in your agenda, you can jump into your shorts and go for a run for 30 minutes.  Do 45 minutes of jogging, and you will hit 10,000 steps. If you need to clear your head go for a walk, take your next meeting on skype on your phone with a Bluetooth headset whilst walking in the sunshine.  It is all possible: technology is your friend. 14. Con: Overdependence On Technology. A serious downside to telecommuting full-time is a dependence on technology.  If your broadband is down, you cannot work effectively.  If your laptop hard disk fails, you may be out for a few days and need to drive to technical support hundreds of miles away to get it fixed. Choose a high-quality internet service provider (ISP) and make sure you use the cloud to back up all of your important documents.  Have email and Skype on your phone so that even if your office hardware fails, you can still attend meetings and access documents via your phone over 4G. 15. Pro: Increased Work Presence. If you work in a geographically spread team across different time zones, your work presence can actually increase even though you are not in the office.  But how is this possible? When you work remotely to the office, you have more flexibility to schedule your time according to business needs.  For example, my team was spread from Australia to Costa Rica and everywhere in between.  My teammates in the Philippines, for example, would start to work much later in the day to be able to work with me in Europe and our colleagues in the USA.  If they had strictly abided by local office hours, I would have only had a few hours to work with them during my working day. Additionally, my team in the USA would routinely start work at 6 am to catch a bigger time window with Europe and some time with Asia.  They were more present across the globe than if they were in the office. 16. Con: Increased Electricity Bills. Logically, being in a state of permanent telecommuting, your electricity and heating bills will increase.  The lighting, power for your laptop and screens, and perhaps in summer, your air conditioner. Without a doubt, your costs will increase, but they will hardly be noticed and will be completely offset by the huge savings in your commuting costs. Audiobooks Are Food for the Mind Inspiration, Education & Relaxation Have you discovered the joy of listening? ★★★★★ Audible: Review Winner - Best for Price, Library Size & Original Content. ★★★★★ Blinkist: Review Winner - Best Audiobook Summary Service. ★★★★ Audiobooks.com: Best For Unlimited Audiobook Listening. "As a 10-year member of Audible, I have a library of 300+ audiobooks. The best thing is, with a few clicks, I can return any book within 12-months. I also subscribe to Blinkist; with 5,000 15-minute audio-summaries, I can consume knowledge and learn new concepts fast." Barry D. Moore - Founder: GreatWorkLife.com Read Our Audiobook Services Test & Comparison 17. Pro: Improved Ability To Manage Children & School. We have all been there, you are in a meeting at work, and you get the call from the school, your child is sick, and you need to pick them up.  Easy when you work from home, because you are close to school, very difficult when you work in the city and your commute is one hour. Add to this the fact that when they are sick at home, you can check in on them regularly and still deliver your working goals. Also, it is much easier when it comes to your child’s extra-curricular activities.  For example, I need to drive my daughter to the gymnastics club twice per week and her saxophone lesson once per week.  I also take my son to his golf lessons weekly.  It is all manageable when you have flexible work from the home regime. 18. Con: Loneliness Or Isolation. . My mother used to say, “I am just talking to myself until I get used to the people” or “the more people I meet, the more I like my dog.” In some ways, working remotely means you are more isolated and encounter fewer social situations than when in the office.  I cannot stress this enough if you are a super social animal that craves contact with people face to face and in person, then teleworking is not for you.  You can, however, counter this missing social aspect of your life by joining local clubs, meetups and ensuring you cultivate a close group of friends locally. 19. Pro: More Family Time. If you have a family, then one of the great benefits of teleworking is that you are closer to your children.  I am there to make my two little ones breakfast in the morning, and when they get home, I have lunch ready for them.  So, we eat two meals per day together, at least.  When my wife arrives home, we have dinner together.  Due to the flexibility I have, I can then work in the evenings to make up the time lost, making food and fooling around with my kids. 20. Con: Ability To Maintain Discipline. As a rule, I only allowed my staff to work from home if they had demonstrated their self-discipline.  If you cannot be disciplined in your work, it will definitely become evident when working from home.  Constantly late for meetings, missing deadlines, or even a lack of preparation for projects or meetings are all telltale signs that you do not have the discipline to self-regulate your work without your manager looking over your shoulder. 21. Pro: Time Saved Preparing For Work. You know the routine, wake up, brush your teeth, shower, shave, do your hair, select your clothes, get dressed, grab a coffee, leave early to avoid the main rush hour.  All of these activities take time.  When you are a telecommuter, that time is radically reduced.  You can even reduce your prep time to “wake up, brush teeth, grab a coffee.”  That means unshowered, unshaven, and working in your pajamas, but each to their own. I have read on other websites advice like, “for psychological reasons, prepare yourself every day like you are going into the office.”  But that is crazy; I will not splash on aftershave and wear a suit to work from home. At least for me getting into work mode is as simple as firing up the laptop, logging in, and attending my first meeting. When I was one of the global leaders at Hewlett Packard, I often had to present remotely at our virtual “all-employee meeting” in the US time zone.  That meant being ready at 5 am to present.  Here was my routine, get up at 4:30 am, brush teeth, throw shorts and a t-shirt on, grab a cup of tea and a cup of coffee, log in on by 4:45 am, present at 5:05 am.  Happy days and no suit required. 22. Con: No Face To Face Chats At The Water Cooler. If you enjoy randomly talking to and making new acquaintances in the office, also known as water-cooler moments, then be prepared as this does not happen for telecommuters. You simply do not randomly call someone up and chat with them about the weather when working from home. 23. Pro: Healthier Eating At Home. Another hidden benefit of working from home is that you do not need to eat the pig swill from the work canteen.  I am English, but I live and work in Germany.  What I do know is that if you like schnitzel, sausage, bread, and potatoes, you are well looked after here in the land of sauerkraut.  I have eaten in work cafeterias in New York, Texas, Cupertino, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Singapore, Malaysia, India (that was an experience), and in London, and they are all the same.  Only one place had great food: the canteen in Lyon France that featured red wine and Boeuf Bourguignon…hmmm. . 24. Con: No Office Parties Or Work Night Outs. If you are working far away from the office, or if your head office is in another country, then you are going to miss out on the Christmas party or the leaving celebration of a colleague.  If this matters to you, then do not telecommute. 25. Pro: Fewer Distractions. If you need a lot of what I call “think time” in your work, then working from home can be a huge win. For example, let’s say you need to plan out the foundation for a huge project you have been tasked with.  That takes a lot of thinking time to do it right.  You need to get in the zone, and when you are in the deep think zone, you are at your peak levels of thought and abstraction.  Every time you get distracted in the office, it drags you back into the real world, you lose your train of thought, and it takes time to get productive again. Working remotely, you can simply turn off instant messaging and your email, and you are free to explore the depths of your mind. 26. Con: Decreased Promotional Prospects. I firmly believe that if you consistently deliver your objectives on-time in the right way and collaborate and coach your team members, you are automatically considered for promotion.  However, the fact remains that if you are not in the office in person, this may impact a part of the relationship-building process that sets the groundwork for promotion. To combat this, increase your usage of video conferencing or web conferencing for important meetings.  Also, try to get to the office regularly, so you get that feeling of belonging and that people can put a face to a voice and a personality to your name. 27. Pro: Higher Pay. There is a widely held belief that working from home means you will get a lower salary.  While it may be true that if you have a low-skilled work-from-home job, you may receive a minimum wage, but for a skilled worker, the opposite is true. For example, research at flexjobs suggests that as a freelance software developer, you can earn even more than someone full-time in the office. In my personal situation working as a corporate transformation leader, I found that there was no impact on my salary, quite the opposite, in fact. Summary: The Pros & Cons of Working From Home. Focus on your goals; even as a remote worker for 15 years, I managed to get promoted four times to director level. How? Always deliver on your targets, stay disciplined and focused. Additionally, learn a great Zoom/Microsoft Team manner and smile when you talk; it makes a difference. Did you enjoy this post, then share it and leave a comment below? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR. Telecommuting & Working Remotely Guides Pros and Cons of a Hybrid Work Model. Telecommuting & Working Remotely Guides 37 Top Working From Home Tips For Productivity & Success. Leadership & Management Guides 26 Proven Advantages of Telecommuting For Employers. 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                            [body] => Work From Home Advantages and Disadvantages | Pros and Cons of Working From HomeAugust 17, 2021 by PrasannaWork From Home Advantages and Disadvantages: Let’s actually face it: no matter where you operate, you’re ultimately doing just that: actually working.So, should you work at home or at an office building? It all ultimately boils down to the ambiance in which you’ll be most effective and efficient, and perhaps even the sector you’re in.Individuals have been gushing about how absolutely fantastic it is to be able to work from home, completely independently, and according to their own work schedules since this radical change, on top of all of the other perks and benefits of working remotely. Yet, when we take into consideration the broader context, there are still a number of potential downsides to work – from – home. Everything in the world has major pluses and minuses. Working from home is not an exception.Students can also find more Advantages and Disadvantages articles on events, persons, sports, technology, and many more.What is Work from Home? Advantages and Disadvantages of Work from Home 2021. Humanity has always progressed in adaptation to change. As a response, as the coronavirus outbreak began to expand like a raging wildfire, civilization adapted to the set of circumstances. The virus has altered numerous facets of society. Work from home is a great demonstration of this.Because of the epidemic, many actually started working at home. Work performance did not drop significantly as a direct consequence of sophisticated technologies and high-speed internet.Every coin has two sides. Comparably, working from home has its downfalls. In this article, we reviewed all sides of the issue and left the door open to the readers to establish if remote work is a benefit or a nightmare.Advantages of work from homeDisadvantages of work from homeComparison table for the Advantages and Disadvantages of Work from homeFAQs on Pros and Cons of work from homeAdvantages of Work from Home. The principle of functioning from home has vastly expanded around the world, redefining perspective to running the organization or any firm at the comfort and convenience of the staff.Freedom and flexibility: The most fundamental upside of working from home is the considerable versatility it gives. You may balance your workload by maintaining your domestic obligations in an account. You may operate from any area in your apartment.The freedom to dress whatever you want: You may wear the trousers from college with the inscriptions ripping off, or the sweatpants your friends have no knowledge you possess. There is no mandatory obligation to dress formally, and you are free to sit back and relax in whatever attire you want.Saves a significant amount of journey time: Many people devoted considerable time traveling to work all the time. Because the corporate headquarters of big companies are very often positioned in the heart of the city, it needs time to reach the officer. Many individuals waste too much time commuting to work. The time saved by working from home can be spent on improving your hobbies or do something you like.Saves those extra pennies spent: The daily ride not only consumed a considerable amount of energy and time, but it also required a lot of money. Even though most people can bear to commute on a routine basis, the expenditure escalates as one travels across the year. Working at an office also entails dining out and going out to gatherings. Work from home can aid you in saving a significant amount of money over the long term.Cultivating individualism: Having to work from home does have the added benefit of allowing you to be on your terms. Because you don’t have a teammate to advise you, the individual will become even more engaged and self-sufficient in their workplace. Undoubtedly, you may very well have technical modules to facilitate, but the individual will still have opportunities to bring according to their own. This will help you boost your abilities and skill set while you operate on your own.Healthy work-life complement: There is hardly anything more valuable in this world than acknowledging your responsibilities at home. Working from home does not essentially offer you a great deal of freedom in regards to focusing on your family life. Nonetheless, it is still hugely beneficial to engage and be there when it is most desired. A healthy work-life equilibrium is indispensable for staying on your toes at a job. Working remotely will, without the need for a doubt, benefit a bit from being connected to your loved ones.Disadvantages of Work from Home. For numerous people worldwide, this will be their first professional experience online, and making adjustments to the constraints of work-from-home will be a struggle to survive.That being acknowledged, let us look at some of the limitations of working from home.A dearth of unity and team spirit: Working long hours and interacting with only a computer monitor while minimizing face-to-face public participation and conversation with group members can be incredibly difficult. There are multiple platforms, such as Zoom, Skype, and others, where colleagues may interact directly through video conferencing and meetings. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite as productive and efficient as sitting together and exchanging topics.Security challenges: There could be some potential hazards in discussing or sharing relevant data beyond the office. Working remotely may, on occasions, actually pose data security issues. Employers may be denied work-from-home opportunities for individuals based on this.Build a separate working space: The optimum spot for working remotely is to have an area where you can go just to work. This helps you integrate one place with working, and it relieves up the rest of your home interior for relaxing and enjoying in the evening. Long story short, that degree of the area might not be readily available for everyone.Absence of motivation to work: Whenever people work in person, they experience compartmentalized lifestyles. When they enter the workplace, they immediately sense that it is time to start working, and their brain flips to work mode. Furthermore, the physical presence of bosses adds to the urgency. Deadlines appear to be genuine and authentic. All of these variables push individuals to perform harder. All of these dimensions are completely lacking in virtual employment, and some individuals lack the inclination to work hard.Exhaustion: One of the benefits of working remotely is the ability to function at your own steady pace. It helps individuals to schedule their days per their interests. Conversely, for certain employees, this might be a huge disadvantage. Some individuals may fall short of seeing the boundary between work and personal life. It might just lead to staff working excessive shifts than they should, culminating in exhaustion and emotional strain. Functioning at an office, on the other side, helps to differentiate between professional and personal life.Comparison Table for Advantages and Disadvantages of Work from Home. AdvantageDisadvantageThe work schedule is adaptable.Incredibly stressed out mentally and emotionally.You’re in command of your time.There are several distractions to keep you from being productive at your absolute best.Spending more time with family and friends.Insufficiency of social life.It saves a significant amount of resources and energy on transportation resources.A deep and profound sense of loneliness and isolation.FAQs on Pros and Cons of work from home. Question 1. How does one save on money when working from home?Answer: Going to your workplace requires a considerable amount of money as a journey fare. When you are working from home, this money is saved.Question 2. Is it true that working remotely significantly reduces productivity and efficiency?Answer: A consistent workplace environment assists with productivity improvements. Most people have family members in their residences, which can make coordinating their home life tough. When working online, many employees with children struggle to strike the right balance between work and home.Question 3. What is the most important aspect to consider when working from home?Answer: One of the most inconvenient aspects of working from home is when the WiFi goes out in the middle of a meeting. This may be quite upsetting. As a result, having reliable internet is highly recommended.Footer. RS Aggarwal SolutionsRS Aggarwal Solutions Class 10RS Aggarwal Solutions Class 9RS Aggarwal Solutions Class 8RS Aggarwal Solutions Class 7RS Aggarwal Solutions Class 6Picture DictionaryEnglish SpeechICSE SolutionsSelina ICSE SolutionsML Aggarwal SolutionsHSSLive Plus OneHSSLive Plus TwoKerala SSLCDistance EducationDisclaimerPrivacy PolicyArea Volume CalculatorBiology Homework HelpHomework HelpHistory Questions and Answers
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                            [body] => Blog Working Remotely Has Advantages & Disadvantages…Is it Right for You? In 2015, it was estimated that almost 45% of US employees worked remotely, mostly from home.  By 2020, it is estimated that about 50% of the workforce will be working remotely. Cloud services, mobile platforms and videoconferencing have made remote work possible and very acceptable to both employees and employers. Many industries are making it known that they are friendly to telecommuting including IT, HR/Recruiting, Education, Accounting, Health, Law, Marketing, Nonprofit, News/Media, Sports, and Travel. In addition, the site FlexJobs.com was created to help those seeking telecommuting opportunities connect with companies and jobs that offer remote work, flexible schedules, part-time hours and freelance assignments. However, with everything, there are pros and cons. So before you make the change from working in an office to working at home or from another location, you might want to first consider these advantages and disadvantages: Advantages Work from anywhere and anytime. No longer are you limited by a geographic location or a clock. Thanks to telecommuting, employees are now able to work from pretty much anywhere at any time of day. The traditional 9-5 working day no longer applies. No daily commute. Most people don’t enjoy their daily trek into an office. Working remote allows you to avoid a lengthy commute by car, train, or bus which enables you to start your workday earlier and calmer. Flexibility. You would be in charge of your own schedule and possibly more efficient. Working from home and the flexibility it offers, may also suit your family life.  You would have the freedom to run errands, take the kids to school, attend school or sports functions, etc. as long as you get the job done and meet any pre-established deadlines. Less costly.  Working from a remote location or from home, means you save money on transportation costs, eating lunch out, and purchasing a business wardrobe. Unless you do video conferencing, you can wear informal clothes and no longer need to budget for that work wardrobe. Better health.  Remote workers say they have more time to incorporate physical exercise into their day.  In addition, they are not exposed to sick co-workers. On the flip side, if you’re the sick person, staying home allows you to take care of yourself while still being productive. Less interruptions.  Working remotely allows you to focus on the job at hand without the distractions of socializing and office chatter.  You have the ability to get into the zone and buckle down to complete your assignment. Disadvantages Need for high self-discipline. It takes a lot of dedication and self-control to work at home and not succumb to distractions. It’s easy to lose motivation and focus which are pitfalls to your success. Therefore, it’s important to be intentional about how you’re using your time. You need to structure your environment in such a way that keeps you engaged. Lack of workplace social life. You can easily interact with co-workers and clients via technology but it’s not the same as face-to-face meetings, lunching together or just everyday banter. Remote workers often feel isolated.  To counteract isolation, try going into the office now and then or schedule lunch dates with bosses and colleagues. Overlooked for promotions. There’s a danger of being overlooked for promotions or career development opportunities when working remotely. Those visible employees in the office who are aggressively campaigning for the position will probably have the edge. You can try and counter with regular visits to the office and open lines of communication. You need to express your interest in the upward mobility you want. Total dependency on technology.  As a remote worker, you have to rely on email, smart phones, laptop, etc. to stay in contact with the office and clients. You are totally dependent on the right technology to be in business. It’s also up to you to keep up with technology that evolves so rapidly. Blurred lines. You would think that working remote would allow you to enjoy more of a work/life balance but actually it doesn’t.  When you don’t have a clear separation of workplace and home space, they can blend together. You might not be able to just switch-off from work and find yourself constantly checking your smart phone and emails. There’s no doubt that remote work is on the rise. It’s easier than ever to stay connected in our era of email and smart phones and many employees believe it increases their quality of life. Please let us know if you work remotely and if there are any other advantages or disadvantages than listed. You may comment below. Categorized: Candidate Advice, Career Advice, Hiring Manager Advice
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                            [body] => PMC US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Advanced Journal list Help Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Journal ListInt J Environ Res Public Healthv.18(4); 2021 FebPMC7917590 Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Feb; 18(4): 1826. Published online 2021 Feb 13. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18041826PMCID: PMC7917590PMID: 33668505Six Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home in Europe during COVID-19Christine Ipsen,1 Marc van Veldhoven,2 Kathrin Kirchner,1,* and John Paulin Hansen1Christine Ipsen. 1DTU Management Department, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark; [email protected] (C.I.); [email protected] (J.P.H.)Find articles by Christine IpsenMarc van Veldhoven. 2Department of Human Resource Studies, Tilburg University, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands; [email protected] articles by Marc van VeldhovenKathrin Kirchner. 1DTU Management Department, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark; [email protected] (C.I.); [email protected] (J.P.H.)Find articles by Kathrin KirchnerJohn Paulin Hansen. 1DTU Management Department, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark; [email protected] (C.I.); [email protected] (J.P.H.)Find articles by John Paulin HansenGiulio Arcangeli, Academic EditorAuthor information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer1DTU Management Department, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark; [email protected] (C.I.); [email protected] (J.P.H.)2Department of Human Resource Studies, Tilburg University, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands; [email protected]*Correspondence: [email protected]; Tel.: +45-4525-6032Received 2021 Jan 24; Accepted 2021 Feb 8.Copyright © 2021 by the authors.Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.Associated Data. Data Availability StatementThe data presented in this study is not publicly available due to ongoing analysis but are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.Abstract. The number of people working from home (WFH) increased radically during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The purpose of this study was therefore to investigate people’s experiences of WFH during the pandemic and to identify the main factors of advantages and disadvantages of WFH. Data from 29 European countries on the experiences of knowledge workers (N = 5748) WFH during the early stages of lockdown (11 March to 8 May 2020) were collected. A factor analysis showed the overall distribution of people’s experiences and how the advantages and disadvantages of WFH during the early weeks of the pandemic can be grouped into six key factors. The results indicated that most people had a more positive rather than negative experience of WFH during lockdown. Three factors represent the main advantages of WFH: (i) work–life balance, (ii) improved work efficiency and (iii) greater work control. The main disadvantages were (iv) home office constraints, (v) work uncertainties and (vi) inadequate tools. Comparing gender, number of children at home, age and managers versus employees in relation to these factors provided insights into the differential impact of WFH on people’s lives. The factors help organisations understand where action is most needed to safeguard both performance and well-being. As the data were collected amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend further studies to validate the six factors and investigate their importance for well-being and performance in knowledge work.Keywords: COVID-19, experiences, working from home, survey, advantages, disadvantages, knowledge work1. Introduction. The radical increase in the number of people working from home (WFH) during 2020 has been one of the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic [1,2]. To lower the risk of spreading the virus, national governments across the world required people to WFH unless they were key workers [3,4]. Given this new situation, societies, organisations and workplaces across the world are now seeking “the new normal” (including the “future of work” and the “role of the office”) in which WFH is the norm and people can continue teleworking in pure or hybrid forms post-COVID-19 [5,6]. Given the potential for cost efficiencies in comparison to the traditional office and the aim of providing people with more flexibility in choosing where to work, organisations have announced their aim to reduce their office space and introduce blended home–office working conditions post-COVID-19. Insight into how people experience WFH is now even more important than before. Determining the main factors that constitute the experiences people have when WFH can provide insights into how to organise and manage distance work in the future. Given this unique situation, the aim of this study was to capture the immediate impact and provide insights into people’s experiences of WFH during the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify the main (groups of) advantages and disadvantages people experienced when WFH during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on knowledge workers working across distances and cultures within the domain of intra-organisational distance work [7,8].1.1. Distance Work, Telework and WFH. For decades, digital technologies have demanded–and forced–changes within organisations [9,10], which has also generated distance work [10,11], including telework, remote work and WFH. Distance work and management can occur at different locations, such as from home (telework), in satellite offices (intra-organisational work) or at customer or client locations (inter-organisational work) [7,8]. According to Fisher and Fisher, time, space and/or culture constitute the distance between managers and employees [1].Previous studies have recognised the central issues in distance work, telework and WFH, including a whole range of possible advantages and disadvantages [12,13,14]. The advantages of distance work that have been mentioned are increased productivity, less stress, a better work–life balance [15], reduced commuting time [11,16], increased control of work patterns and being in less contact with others [17,18]. Conversely, scholars have also reported numerous potential disadvantages associated with distance work, including home-based telework, at an individual level [12,19]. These include isolation, misunderstandings, decreased interpersonal contact and role ambiguity [20,21]. Other studies have found that the work–life balance may also be challenged since boundaries become blurry, people work more hours, there can be a lack of support and visible leadership, and there may be less social interaction when isolated and detached from the workplace [22,23,24]. As telework involves the use of information and communication technologies, distance managers should provide access to appropriate technologies [24]. It is important to note that, according to several scholars [11,17], employees WFH have more positive and less negative job-related well-being experiences compared to days working in the office. Further, they emphasised the importance of recognising individual differences when adapting to teleworking environments [11].Based on the literature, it is evident that several factors–both positive and negative–may be associated with the experiences of WFH and telework, and such factors need to be considered equal and independent. There is no consensus on which factors are the most important for whom, or how they combine to reflect people’s experiences of telework. Thus, the importance and relevance of these factors in the new circumstances of enforced WFH have not been determined. While we can assume that WFH brings a whole range of possible advantages and disadvantages to knowledge workers, it is unclear which factors are important in bringing about these advantages and disadvantages and how these could be grouped.1.2. Knowledge Workers and WFH. Before the pandemic, it was mainly knowledge workers [25] who worked from home, typically for a small part of their working day [26]. In this study, the term “knowledge work” applies to work with non-material inputs and outputs, with the individuals as the primary bearers of knowledge (“pure” knowledge companies) [27]. Examples are workers who are typically employed in consulting companies, law firms and universities. This is in contrast to companies where knowledge is also embedded in a technology (i.e., high-tech companies), such as biotech [25]. A study of knowledge workers showed that they experience the same working conditions in different ways [28]. Consequently, it can be difficult to safeguard employee well-being and performance when working across distances or when managers are separated from employees by either time or geography [1]. However, managers can motivate and support the performance of their distance workers if they focus on the basic needs of their employees, such as working conditions and belongingness [29,30].Given the unique situation that prompted governments to take the unprecedented step of forcing WFH on people (with the exception of key workers) and being amidst a pandemic, it could be anticipated that these circumstances would be extraordinarily stressful for people. Consequently, numerous national and international studies were initiated during 2020 that focused on the effects of the pandemic on people’s lives from various perspectives, including those who are WFH [31,32,33,34,35]. In practice, the emphasis has been on how to take care of people’s well-being and mental health when WFH [32,36]. There have been concurrent discussions regarding the experienced increase in productivity and work patterns and other potential gains attributable to WFH [37,38]. Accordingly, it is relevant to gain a deeper understanding of how people experience WFH and how they perceive the advantages and disadvantages of their new situation.In this study, we investigated and analysed people’s experiences of WFH in the first months of lockdown and identified the key factors that could be distinguished based on these experiences. The remainder of this paper is divided into three sections. First, we present our study and the results relating to people’s experiences of WFH. We then present the key advantages and disadvantages of WFH, followed by examples of how the factors can be used to compare different demographic subgroups, which are displayed in a spider diagram. Finally, we discuss the implications for further research and the management of WFH in organisations.2. Materials and Methods. 2.1. Procedure. To capture the immediate impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on people’s lives, an online survey in Danish and English was published on social media platforms and disseminated via email from 21 March 2020. The survey included information on the study, the anonymity of the collected data, the future use of the data and the respondents’ right to delete their answers. The first question entailed the respondents confirming that they were over 18 years of age, had read all the information about the survey and were volunteering to participate. The sample was recruited by non-probabilistic snowball sampling because this exploratory study required rapid access to data during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Two weeks after Denmark entered lockdown, other countries (e.g., Sweden, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy) joined the study, and national data were collected in their respective languages using translations of the survey. The data reported in this study were collected until 11 May 2020.2.2. Instruments. The survey was designed to address people’s experiences of WFH using several design criteria. First, we wanted to obtain information about people’s experiences of WFH via predefined categories and the possibility of open answers to allow the respondents to formulate their own understanding of the current situation. Second, the questions needed to be based on existing knowledge of distance work, management and the topics discussed in the media on the pandemic’s effect on people’s lives. Third, the survey needed to include household characteristics as the national lockdowns entailed the closure of day-care centres, kindergartens and primary and secondary schools. Fourth, the questionnaire needed to be able to be answered within approximately 10 min to minimise dropouts. Finally, the survey needed to be launched as quickly as possible to obtain the early experiences of people WFH. The lockdowns implied that the data would be collected online using a non-probability sampling methodology and that we would need to use our industry and academic networks and social media, with the consequence of sample bias by virtue of the responses mainly coming from people involved in knowledge work.The survey was designed in Denmark during mid-March 2020 [39] and included 23 questions in six sections that covered topics related to the respondents’ experiences of the following:Their current work situationThe advantages of WFHThe disadvantages of WFHThe use of digital work toolsDemographic informationTheir overall life situationThis paper focuses particularly on the results of Section 2 and Section 3. For each of the 29 items relating to the advantages and disadvantages, the respondents indicated the extent to which they agreed that the advantage/disadvantage was applicable to their current setting using a five-point Likert scale: strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree and strongly agree.Several items enquired about the known advantages of WFH, like control over work patterns (i.e., less time in meetings, fewer interruptions, more breaks (Q11b, d, e, i, k), catching up on work and being more productive (Q11c), better work–life balance (Q11f) and reduced commute time (Q11j). The items Q11g and Q11h focused on the working conditions when WFH (i.e., atmosphere and own food) and Q11m on the ease of contacting people and connecting. All three items were based on media discussions and the research team’s own first experiences of WFH during the first days of the lockdown. The questions related to the disadvantages of WFH (Q13) were devised in regards to the unique situation in combination with existing knowledge about telework (Q13a, b, c, n, o) and WFH. The items in the survey, hard to focus (Q13d), unsure of what to do (Q13e), missing food and the benefits of going to work (Q11f), and Q11g, Q11l, Q11m and Q11p were influenced by media discussions and the research team’s own first experiences of WFH during the first days of the lockdown. As schools and kindergartens were also locked down, we were interested in gaining insights into the effects of the new household conditions (i.e., disturbances and restrictions on getting out and being able to exercise). We were further interested to hear about its effects on tasks and jobs–was there enough to do, was it interesting, and could it be done with the provided data, documents, equipment and workplace (ergonomics at home) (Q11h, i, j, k, l, m, p)?2.3. Respondents. This dataset included 5748 professional and managerial workers from Europe. The respondents came from 29 different countries, with the majority from Denmark (23.3%), Germany (23.1%), Italy (15.3%) and Sweden (14.5%). Most of the respondents were women (59.2%), and 75.2% possessed a university degree. Managers accounted for 23.0%, 34.6% had one or more children at home and the large majority (84.1%) only worked from home during the COVID-19 lockdown. Table 1 presents the respondents’ characteristics.Table 1. Characteristics of the respondents.VariablesTotalVariablesTotalGender, N (%) Country, N (%) Female3404 (59.2)Austria425 (7.4)Male2253 (39.2)Belgium26 (0.5)Other19 (0.3)Denmark1338 (23.3)Prefer not to say72 (1.3)Finland176 (3.1)Age (years), N (%) Germany1328 (23.1)18–205 (0.1)Iceland17 (0.3)21–30744 (12.9)Italy877 (15.3)31–401561 (27.2)Netherlands259 (4.5)41–501708 (29.7)Norway12 (0.2)51–601357 (23.6)Spain286 (5.0)>60349 (6.1)Sweden834 (14.5)Prefer not to say24 (0.4)Switzerland24 (0.4)Highest level of education, N (%)United Kingdom108 (1.9)No schooling completed1 (0.0)Other European countries36 (0.6)Primary education22 (0.4)No. of children younger than 15 at home, N (%)Secondary education142 (2.5)03720 (64.7)Vocational training392 (6.8)1931 (16.2)Associate degree623 (10.8)2898 (15.6)Bachelor’s degree820 (14.3)3160 (2.8)Master’s degree2585 (45.0)missing39 (0.7)Doctorate degree916 (15.9)No. of people including yourself at home, N (%)Other not listed degree215 (2.7)11578 (27.5)Kind of work, multiple answers possible, N (%)21861 (32.4)Administrative work2207 (38.4)31017 (17.7)Research1187 (20.7)4938 (16.3)Develop systems, plans1048 (18.2)5 or more290 (5.0)Manager1324 (23.0)Missing64 (1.1)Communication671 (11.7)Work from home since COVID-19, N (%)Teaching/supervision1028 (17.9)Only work from home4835 (84.1)Marketing and sales326 (5.7)Sometimes from home913 (15.9)System monitoring376 (6.5) Manufacturing245 (4.3) Creative production242 (4.2) Open in a separate window2.4. Data Analysis. All the analyses were conducted using IBM SPSS Statistics versions 24 and 27 (Armonk, NY, USA) and the descriptive statistics of the quantitative variables were reported as frequencies and percentages. The exploratory factor analyses [40] were performed with principal component analysis as the method to extract factors with eigenvalues >1, and both varimax and oblimin rotation types were employed for rotation to investigate how the items in the survey could be grouped into sets of advantages and disadvantages of WFH. Furthermore, we applied t-tests and analysis of variance (ANOVA) to test for significant differences between the different respondent groups regarding the advantages and disadvantages of WFH.3. Results. 3.1. Overview of Advantages and Disadvantages of WFH. The respondents rated 13 advantage and 16 disadvantage items on the Likert scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree). Table 2 shows the items with their mean values and standard deviations (SDs). In addition to lowering the risk of contracting and spreading the disease, saving commuting time and greater flexibility (regarding food and breaks) were rated as the most important advantages. The biggest disadvantages were missing colleagues, missing getting out of the home and poor physical work conditions in the home office. What is also important to note in Table 2 is that for several items, there is considerable variance across individual knowledge workers. With a mid-point of 3 on the scale, one might consider any mean value above 3.5 as indicative of an experience that is commonly experienced as either an advantage or disadvantage. Notwithstanding, only a few of the items were in this range. Most of the items were on average in the middle with considerable variance around the mean: the WFH experience was found to be more individual than common across all the workers. This was an important finding in itself.Table 2. Overview of advantages and disadvantages of WFH.VariablesMean ValueSD Advantages A: I contribute to lowering the risk of spreading COVID-19.4.600.72B: I get time to focus on my work without interruptions from other people.3.481.23C: It is possible for me to do some other work that I would normally not have time to do.3.051.21D: I do not have to spend time in long meetings.2.981.21E: I can take a break when I want to.3.661.08F: I can be close to my family and friends.3.411.23G: I like the atmosphere in my home better than at work.2.931.07H: I can eat and drink my own food.3.801.06I: I have no one looking over me.2.731.13J: I save on the normal commute time to my workplace.4.370.94K: I do not expose myself to the risk of getting a disease.4.380.81L: I have a chance to break my old habits and change my routines.3.291.09M: It is easier to get in contact with people than normal.2.521.06 Disadvantages A: I do not get to see my colleagues or other people as much as I would like to.3.831.12B: I need physical equipment that I do not have access to at home to do my work.2.711.30C: I need data or documents that I do not have access to at home to do my work.2.211.20D: I find it difficult to keep focused on my work when I am alone.2.041.14E: I don’t know what kind of work I should do.1.580.86F: I miss the food or other benefits that we have at my workplace.2.191.24G: It is a financial problem for my work that I cannot be at the workplace.1.730.96H: I get disturbed by other people in my home.2.521.36I: I miss getting out of my home.3.671.24J: I do not get enough exercise when I am not at my workplace.3.061.37K: The work I do from home is not as interesting as the work I do at my workplace.2.191.18L: I am afraid that there will not be enough work for me to do from home.1.881.08M: The physical conditions in my home do not afford a good working environment (adjustable table and chair, enough light, quietness, good monitor, etc.).3.061.42N: It requires more effort from me because I cannot use my normal routines.2.521.21O: I feel tied to my computer to a greater extent than when at my workplace.3.111.34P: I am concerned that there are work tasks I want to do but cannot do from home.2.441.26Open in a separate windowOur aim was to examine people’s experiences of WFH due to COVID-19, both positively and negatively. The items “I contribute to lowering the risk of spreading COVID-19” and “I do not expose myself to the risk of getting a disease” were excluded from further analyses. These items were related to the main reason for WFH (i.e., to prevent the further spread of COVID-19) rather than to how people were experiencing their current work setting.Using Cronbach’s alpha to analyse the internal consistency of the total sample, we found that the 11 remaining items relating to the advantages (Cronbach’s α = 0.739) and 16 items relating to the disadvantages (Cronbach’s α = 0.830) could be used to assign reliable scale scores to individual knowledge workers. Figure 1 shows a scatterplot of the advantages and disadvantages, where the middle point of the scales (neutral) lies at a score of three. The largest part of the point cloud is towards the top left, meaning the survey respondents reported relatively more positive and fewer negative experiences.Open in a separate windowFigure 1Positive (advantages) versus negative (disadvantages) working from home experience scores.3.2. Finding the Key Factors in the WFH Experience. As mentioned, the 11 advantages and 16 disadvantages could be used as internally consistent scales to measure the levels of the advantages and disadvantages, respectively. The fact that the advantage and disadvantage items were sufficiently interrelated does not mean that the surveyed advantages and disadvantages all covered the same dimensions in the respondents’ experiences. The factor analyses pointed more in the direction of differentiation in the underlying factors; thus, it was considered more accurate to conduct analyses based on these items in terms of “item groups” of disadvantages and advantages rather than in terms of advantages and disadvantages in general. To identify specific factors in the advantage and disadvantage items, we split the original data set in two halves of 2874 cases each. For the first half of the data set, we performed explorative factor analysis (principal component analysis with varimax rotation (The oblimin rotation delivered almost exactly the same results. For reasons of parsimony, we have only reported the varimax-based solution here.)) and allocated items to the factor on which it loaded the highest. For the 11 items (with a five-point answering scale) relating to the advantages, three factors with eigenvalues >1 were found. Together, these three factors explained 49% of the variance. For the 16 items (with a five-point Likert scale) relating to the disadvantages, three factors with eigenvalues >1 were found. These three factors together explained 47% of the variance. For the test group with 2874 cases, we ran a factor analysis on each of the six proposed scales, forcing a one-factor solution. This allowed us to assess just how adequate it was to use factor analysis on these data, and how likely it is that information reduction can be achieved for the items in a scale. The results showed that the Kaiser–Meyer–Olkin value was always above 0.50, that Bartlett’s test of sphericity was highly significant (p < 0.001) and that the amount of variance explained by the single factor was always substantial, ranging from 36% to 62%. In addition, the exploratory factor analysis on the test group found exactly the same factor solution as for the development group.Based on the results of the factor analysis, we derived three advantageous factors (AFs) and three disadvantageous factors (DFs), as shown in Table 3. The items were sorted according to the extent to which they determined the factor mentioned for the development group (using factor loading). We were able to construct scales that in 9 instances out of 16 were good by common standards (>0.70), while 4 of the 16 were already acceptable (0.60–0.70). The remaining four scales are not yet fully developed but provide useful starting material (alpha between 0.50 and 0.60). As mentioned, the seven scales with alphas below 0.70 required another run, with some modifications and some additions, building on the general factor structure that we have reported here. Good scales could be built from these materials for all six subscales. More attention is needed to improve the “scales” on AF1 and AF3.Table 3. Results of the exploratory factor analysis (varimax rotation).Factor DescriptionFactor/ItemsFactor Loading (Development Group)Factor Loading (Test Group)Cronbach’s Alpha (Development Group)Cronbach’sAlpha (Test Group) Clusters of advantages of working from home AF 1: Work–life balanceInstead of going to work and wasting commute time, you can enjoy the atmosphere at home, change routines and have more time for your social life.G: I like the atmosphere in my home better…0.6500.5980.590.58J: I save on the normal commute time…0.6170.559M: It is easier to get in contact with people…0.5920.659L: I break my old habits and change my routines.0.5250.577F: I can be close to my family and friends.0.3740.413AF 2: Work efficiencyInstead of spending time on meetings and wasting time on meaningless tasks at work, you can focus on your tasks without interruptions.D: I do not have to spend time in long meetings…0.7170.710 C: It is possible for me to do some other work…B: I have time to focus on my work …0.7020.6000.7210.6810.610.62AF 3: Work controlInstead of being controlled, you can take a break when you want and have more control over your day.I: I have no one looking over me.0.7750.730 E: I can take a break when I want.0.6090.6160.530.55H: I can eat and drink my own food.0.5320.637 Clusters of disadvantages of working from home DF 1: Home office constraintsInstead of a life with social interaction and exercise, you have limited contact with people, get out of the home less, are more fixed in front of the computer and get disturbed by others at home.I: I miss getting out of my home.0.6830.715 A: I do not get to see my colleagues … as much…0.6140.647 J: I do not get enough exercise…0.5980.646 M: The physical conditions in my home do not afford…0.5960.5430.730.74F: I miss the food or other benefits … at my workplace.0.5170.512 N: It requires more effort from me that I cannot use my normal routines.0.5160.503 O: I feel tied to my computer to a greater extent …0.4750.494 H: I get disturbed by other people in my home.0.4730.432 DF 2: Work uncertaintiesInstead of finding meaning in work, the work situation is unclear as there is not enough to do, the remaining tasks are not interesting, financial problems might occur and you cannot focus on your work.L: I am afraid that there will not be enough work…0.7500.789 E: I don’t know what kind of work I should do.0.7120.715 K: The work I do from home is not as interesting …0.6480.6840.710.72G: It is a financial problem for my work…0.5480.489 D: I find it difficult to keep focused on my work…0.5020.512 DF 3: Inadequate toolsInstead of having easy access to what you need to perform your work, you lose the valuable work tools, data and documents required to do your work adequately.B: I need physical equipment … to do my work.0.8220.784 C: I need data or documents … to do my work.0.7780.7820.710.69P: …there are work tasks I… cannot do from home.0.5700.567 Open in a separate window3.3. How the Respondents’ Characteristics Related to the Advantages and Disadvantages. The six factors of the WFH experience can be used to analyse and compare different groups of workers using one-factor ANOVA (if more than two groups) or a t-test. When using ANOVA–and depending on the test of homogeneity of variances (Levene’s test), Bonferroni tests (as an example of a post hoc test) were also applied to find significant differences between the specific groups. In this section, we returned to using the full sample.Table 4 presents the differences between the male and female knowledge workers in their perceptions of WFH. Although the women and men perceived the improved work–life balance in the same way, the female respondents perceived the home office constraints more than the male respondents. We found significant differences in AF 2 “Work efficiency”, DF 1 “Home office constraints” and DF 3 “Inadequate tools”. According to Table 4, the male respondents could work more effectively and efficiently from home; they felt less constrained by their home office and missed important work tools less than the women. Cohen’s d shows the medium to large effect sizes for the six factors.Table 4. Mean values, standard deviations and t-test results for gender. Women, Mean (SD)Men, Mean (SD)t-Valuep-ValueCohen’s dAF 1: Work–life balance3.30 (0.67)3.31 (0.65)−0.2500.8020.66231AF 2: Work efficiency3.12 (0.93)3.24 (0.88)−4.6440.000 **0.91149AF 3: Work control3.39 (0.79)3.39 (0.78)−0.1790.8580.78800DF 1: Home office constraints3.07 (0.77)2.90 (0.75)8.1970.000 **0.76107DF 2: Work uncertainties1.88 (0.73)1.90 (0.71)−1.0510.2930.71963DF 3: Inadequate tools2.49 (0.99)2.39 (0.99)3.7250.000 **0.98910Open in a separate window** p < 0.01; SD standard deviation.Another interesting result was the difference between the people with children below 15 years of age at home (N = 1989) and the people without children at home (N = 3720). Missing values were excluded from the analysis (see Table 5).Table 5. Results of the t-test for the number of children <15 years at home. No Children, Mean (SD)Children at Home, Mean (SD)t-Valuep-ValueCohen’s dAF 1: Work–life balance3.25 (0.67)3.4 (0.64)−7.9510.000 **0.66035AF 2: Work efficiency3.29 (0.87)2.95 (0.96)13.2060.000 **0.90018AF 3: Work control3.43 (0.79)3.32 (0.78)5.3520.000 **0.78561DF 1: Home office constraints2.92 (0.75)3.13 (0.79)−10.1330.000 **0.7593DF 2: Work uncertainties1.90 (0.74)1.84 (0.68)3.1560.002 **0.71886DF 3: Inadequate tools2.48 (1.00)2.41 (0.97)2.6190.009 **0.99027Open in a separate window** p < 0.01; SD standard deviation.The t-test revealed significant differences in all six factors with medium to large effect sizes. The biggest difference was visible in the AF 2 “Work efficiency” dimension, where the people without children scored higher than the people with children at home. This can be explained by the fact that most countries were in lockdown when the data were collected, meaning schools and kindergartens were closed and children were at home with their parents. Nevertheless, the people with children at home perceived the comfort of being at home as higher than the people without children, although they had less control over their working day. With regard to the disadvantages, the people with children at home felt the home office constraints more than the people without children. Moreover, the people without children scored higher in feeling the disadvantages because of an unclear work situation and the loss of important work tools.With respect to age, Table 6 shows the differences between three age groups: 18–30 years (N = 749), 31–50 years (N = 3269) and >50 years (N = 1706). The people who preferred not to state their age were excluded from this analysis. The ANOVA indicated significant F-values (p = 0.000) for all six factors (Table 6) for the age classes, although the effect size was small.Table 6. ANOVA results for the different age classes. 18–30 Years, Mean (SD)31–50 Years, Mean (SD)>50 Years, Mean (SD)F-Valuep-ValuePartial Eta-SquaredAF 1: Work–life balance3.22 (0.71)3.35 (0.67)3.26 (0.62)18.7110.000 **0.007AF 2: Work efficiency3.23 (0.9)3.11 (0.95)3.25 (0.84)15.8500.000 **0.006AF 3: Work control3.60 (0.77)3.37 (0.80)3.35 (0.76)30.6580.000 **0.011DF 1: Home office constraints3.07 (0.75)3.02 (0.79)2.92 (0.73)14.4130.000 **0.005DF 2: Work uncertainties2.95 (0.78)1.84 (0.70)1.9 (0.72)26.4400.000 **0.009DF 3: Inadequate tools2.37 (0.98)2.39 (0.98)2.6 (1.00)28.2690.000 **0.010Open in a separate window** p < 0.01; SD standard deviation.Regarding the differences between the age groups, we used a Bonferroni post hoc test to investigate homogeneous subsets. The young people aged between 18 and 30 years scored the highest in AF 1 “Work–life balance” (mean = 3.6, SD = 0.77) compared to the people aged between 31 and 50 years (mean = 3.37, SD = 0.8) and the people over 50 years (mean = 3.35, SD = 0.76). On the other hand, the young people had more problems with “Work uncertainties” compared to the older generations. The people over 50 perceived “Inadequate tools” as a bigger problem (mean = 2.6, SD = 1.0) compared to the younger generations.With regard to occupation, we compared managers (N = 1324) and employees (N = 4424). The t-test reported in Table 7 revealed significant differences between the two groups across all six factors. Cohen’s d shows the medium to high effect sizes.Table 7. Results of the t-tests for employees and managers. Employees, Mean (SD)Managers, Mean (SD)t-Value p-ValueCohen’s dAF 1: Work–life balance3.32 (0.67)3.26 (0.63)3.0400.002 **0.66360AF 2: Work efficiency3.21 (0.91)3.05 (0.93)5.5730.000 **0.91271AF 3: Work control3.43 (0.78)3.28 (0.79)5.8890.000 **0.78508DF 1: Home office constraints2.98 (0.77)3.04 (0.74)−2.5190.012 **0.76577DF 2: Work uncertainties1.91 (0.73)1.79 (0.66)6.0180.000 **0.71726DF 3: Inadequate tools2.49 (1.00)2.34 (0.93)4.9390.000 **0.99046Open in a separate window** p < 0.01; SD standard deviation.Both groups scored higher for the advantages compared to the disadvantages. The employees evaluated their work efficiency and work–life balance more positively than the managers, whereas the managers reported fewer work uncertainties and less of a lack of important work tools compared to the employees.The six factors of the WFH experiences were then used to analyse and compare the different groups exemplified and presented in Table 4, Table 5, Table 6 and Table 7. When the results were plotted in a spider diagram, the visualisation became a tool that made it possible to distinguish between the factors and compare the groups. Figure 2 is an example of a visualisation of Table 7. This tool can help clarify differences and help organisations understand where action is most needed in working conditions to ensure both performance and well-being.Open in a separate windowFigure 2Visualising the differences in the factors between the employees and managers (* p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01).4. Discussion. During the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created an extraordinary situation for knowledge workers because of forced WFH as part of national lockdowns. The purpose of this study was to gain insights into the experiences of WFH among knowledge workers during the early weeks of the lockdowns and to determine the advantages and disadvantages of these experiences. Replies from 5748 professional and managerial workers from 29 European countries formed the data set for this study.4.1. Overall Experiences of WFH during COVID-19. The first major topic we sought to address was the overall experience of WFH. The results revealed that WFH was experienced predominantly as positive for the majority of the respondents, with fewer respondents considering WFH mostly as a negative experience. Being in the middle of an international crisis and considering the pandemic’s potential for causing mental strain, we expected that the respondents would have experienced the situation of WFH during the national lockdowns as more negative [41]. However, in line with other recent studies, our findings showed that the majority (55%) of employees were mostly positive about WFH. These results may be due to the specific circumstances of the early lockdown, which granted an unanticipated opportunity to focus on work tasks and become more efficient (AF 2) and spend more time with people in the household (AF 1). Similarly, Pierce et al. (2020) found in a UK study that “for some people with high levels of socioeconomic security, the suspension of commuting, changes to education and work activities, and increased time with family potentially could have reduced stress and increased mental health and wellbeing” (p. 884) [31]. In a COVID-19 study in Italy, the participants also claimed that they were less stressed and equally satisfied compared to working in the office; however, they were less productive [42]. Accordingly, when organisations enter into discussions about how to proceed post-COVID-19 and meet with requests for increased usage of WFH compared to pre-COVID-19, they should understand the opportunities of WFH when deciding on a strategy as our results show that there are many positive experiences on which to build. However, one must also remember to accommodate those who are predominantly challenged by WFH (approximately 45% in our study) and try to gain insights into the various reasons for this. Recent COVID-19 studies have highlighted the risk of deteriorating mental health in different countries during the pandemic [31,43,44], which is disrupting mental health services [45]. This dualism in people’s experiences implies that organisations need to consider how people perceive WFH. The three advantages and three disadvantages outlined in this paper can act as pointers to identify which conditions affect which people.4.2. The Six Factors. The second aim of this paper was to gain insights into the perceived advantages and disadvantages of WFH. The availability of a diverse sample allowed us to explore which factors constituted the experiences of WFH during the pandemic across different countries. In addition to lowering the risk of contracting and spreading the disease, the saving of commuting time and greater flexibility (regarding food and breaks) were rated as the most important advantages. The biggest disadvantages were missing colleagues, missing getting out of the home and poor physical work conditions in the home office. What is important to note from Table 2 is that, for many of the items, there was considerable variance across individual knowledge workers. With a mid-point of 3 on the scale, one might consider any mean value above 3.5 indicative of an experience that is commonly experienced as either an advantage or disadvantage. However, only a few of the items were in this range. Most of the items were on average in the middle with considerable variance around the mean. Accordingly, the WFH experience was found to be more individual than common across all the workers. This is an important finding in itself.However, where previous studies on telework listed the advantages and disadvantages in a random order and/or focused on the single items in our list without relating their dependency, mutual importance or prioritisation, we conducted a factor analysis which showed that the different experiences were interrelated and could be grouped into six main factors. The six key advantages and disadvantages of WFH can be interpreted as the “common denominator” of how people experience WFH. This common denominator was derived from the existing literature as well as media accounts during the early stages of lockdown and grouped into main factors using the survey responses of more than 5000 knowledge workers. Such a “common denominator” is important as it provides a way to implement knowledge about how people experience WFH in practice and policy.We perceive this finding as having two major implications. First, when organisations are planning to initiate or allow WFH to continue, they can focus on these six factors instead of all the potential advantages and disadvantages of WFH separately as the six factors provide the main areas in which to direct organisational efforts when considering new WFH practices. Additionally, the six factors may be used to monitor advantages and disadvantages when developing and implementing new strategies to improve working conditions and employee well-being.4.3. Practical Implications of the Six Factors. In our view, the six factors are interesting in how they vary as a function of employee characteristics and roles. Using tests for mean differences to present mean scores in spider diagrams and evaluating and visualising the six factors using general characteristics, as for example with gender, having children at home, age group and role in the organisation, can lay the foundation for discussions about the current working conditions and help managers understand where action is needed. As European countries chose different strategies in their fight against COVID-19, it would also be relevant to know how these different approaches across countries might have contributed to workers’ experiences. It is beyond the scope of this paper to compare countries, but in our opinion, evaluating and visualising the six factors across countries could provide input into discussions regarding national strategies and the experiences of WFH.With respect to WFH with children at home, our findings are consistent with the intense discussions about the effect of schools and kindergartens being in lockdown that has taken place in some countries [46,47]. Unsurprisingly, our analysis showed that people with children at home felt they were working less efficiently (AF 2) than the people with no children at home. Unexpectedly, the perceptions among managers versus employees showed that managers were more challenged than employees when WFH on some points but were better on others. In light of this result and the strong focus on maintaining mental health among employees during the pandemic, future work should also investigate managers’ specific situations during a pandemic and how they experience the transition towards becoming distance managers [48].Our analysis indicated that “Inadequate tools” (DF 3) was one of the factors hindering the current way of working. As telework and WFH are likely to become much more commonplace post-COVID-19, organisations should consider how to ensure access to work tools and how to maintain the value of work to alleviate obstacles to efficiency when WFH, as also suggested by Eurofound [49].In summarising the current status of an organisation and/or organisational subgroup with respect to the six factors, the visualisation in the spider diagram provides an easy tool to display the advantages and disadvantages inherent to the six factors for different groups of people (e.g., in different departments and teams). Furthermore, gender, age, occupation and/or further factor subgroups can be plotted and evaluated visually. Given the comparative analyses between the different groups, which provide a first insight into people’s perceptions of WFH, it would be interesting to analyse the concerns that have been addressed in public discussions across different demographic groups regarding parenting, home schooling, type of household, etc. This is beyond the scope of this study, but we see that the factors have the potential to provide deeper insights into people’s perceptions of WFH and the current state of a workplace if more demographic factors are included.Such results can become part of a discussion in a company on how different employee groups perceive their WFH situation while transitioning from pre-COVID-19 via the coronavirus waves towards a post-COVID-19 stage. This provides a basis for developing concrete individual and organisational support for WFH as well as how to time such support per subgroup.As the people in this study agreed with the statements that WFH increases their work efficiency, it would appear that there is something organisations can gain in terms of how they organise work post-COVID-19 once they start creating new ways of working. If people continue to work from home, by choice or because of future COVID-19 waves, the experiences presented in this study offer an opportunity to rethink WFH as well as distance management. The six factors can map out the directions for a balanced dialogue in which organisations can build on cultivating the advantages and minimising the disadvantages of WFH by focusing on these six factors in their decisions as they all constitute a relevant part of people’s experiences of WFH. We therefore see this study as the first step towards enhancing our understanding of the effect that WFH has on people by suggesting that organisations focus on the six factors. However, it is beyond the scope of this paper to analyse their implications, so further studies need to be performed to establish the relevance and meaning of the factors in an organisational setting.4.4. WFH Post-COVID-19. Building on the positive experiences of WFH, more workplaces are likely to offer people the opportunity to continue WFH post-COVID-19 to meet the increased demand for flexibility [6,50,51]. Internationally, public and private companies have already taken the first steps in this direction [5,52], and the expectation is that it is possible to maintain high performance, support well-being and potentially reduce office space.While there is a search for a new normal that includes the “future of work” and the “role of the office”, there is also an emerging concern about mental health and well-being outcomes [53,54,55]. While WFH has both advantages and disadvantages, as this study shows, it is important to note that these may affect people’s well-being and performance. This paper does not address this, but it is important for future research to examine how the six factors impact well-being and performance over time, not just for employees but also managers [48], and how to develop new ways to deliver organisational support to address this.5. Limitations. While the strength of this study is that the data were collected in the first months of the pandemic, collecting data amidst a pandemic implies obvious limitations. First, applying snowball sampling to contact as many respondents as possible as we did includes the risk of bias in the data. Although the data were collected across 29 countries, the generalisation of our results only considers respondents with similar personal characteristics (i.e., knowledge workers). Currently the scales reported in this paper were only evaluated using an exploratory factor analysis and internal consistency. For further development of the scales, it is necessary to use confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to test the psychometric quality of the scales more rigorously, in terms of factor structure as well as reliability.While the three factors relating to disadvantages already meet common standards (alphas >0.70) for psychometric scales, the factors relating to advantages need some modifications and additions to achieve good psychometric scales by building on the items we developed in this study. We therefore propose that more national and international studies conducted with the same focus as this would provide an opportunity to validate the results of this study (including the six factors). Specifically, it would be important to replicate and improve the measures presented here in a post-COVID-19 setting before using them to monitor the adaptation of telework and WFH for individuals and organisations on a more structural basis after the pandemic. Finally, we focused solely on the insights that the factors gave between groups. Including more demographic factors could provide more insights into the experiences of WFH in distinct groups or situations like gender and parenthood as well as the utility of the factors. Future studies could thus contribute to a better understanding of the effects of WFH on people’s experiences and the distribution and importance of each factor.6. Conclusions. The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the world of work and organisations. This quantitative study investigated knowledge worker’s experiences of WFH in 29 European countries during the early stages of the pandemic (i.e., mid-March to mid-May 2020) and, in particular, the advantages and disadvantages of WFH. In our study, the majority of the respondents in the European countries found their new work conditions to be mostly positive as they appreciated the advantages of WFH. Moreover, through factor analysis, we found that the advantages and disadvantages of telework and WFH clustered around six factors during the pandemic. We labelled the advantages (i) work–life balance, (ii) work efficiency and (iii) work control and the three disadvantages (iv) home office constraints, (v) work uncertainties and (vi) inadequate tools. Accordingly, while previous studies described many items relating to people’s experiences of WFH separately, our study showed that these experiences are interrelated and have a mutual order. Using spider diagrams, the six groups of advantages and disadvantages of WFH were visualised for different groups. Such spider diagrams can provide a basis for organisations to discuss, support and/or mitigate employees’ positive experiences and perceived challenges when WFH. As the research for this study was conducted in the early weeks of the pandemic, further studies are needed to examine the six factors across a longer time span and a wider range of types of workers. Such studies should also seek to determine whether the relatively positive experiences reported here will continue or whether these will change in a more negative direction over time as the lockdown continues and after the pandemic.Author Contributions. C.I. and J.P.H. jointly conceived and designed the study and the questionnaire. K.K. and M.v.V. extracted the data from the surveys and analysed the data from the different countries. C.I. and K.K. produced the first draft of the paper, which included the first draft of the analysis conducted by M.v.V., J.P.H. audited the interpretation of the data, and both M.v.V. and J.P.H. read and amended drafts of the paper. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.Funding. 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                            [body] => The Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home     Advantages. By working at home you save on many hidden costs associated with going to work. These include costs of commuting, car wear and tear, fuel, road taxes, parking as well as indirect costs such as expensive professional wardrobes and the dry-cleaning of those. Often you can also save on older children’s care arrangements although for younger children it is highly unadvisable to forgo the childcare arrangement and try to balance close care and supervision with the demands of the job. Flexibility. This doesn’t just relate to timings either although the flexibility to determine your own work hours to some extent is the most important aspect of this. You can also determine your environment, lighting, temperature, setting, mood; basically work in the framework that suits you best and makes you happiest and most productive. Less distractions. Coworkers banter and distractions, unnecessary interruptions, unimportant meetings can all be avoided if you are safely at home and sealed off in your own environment which you have barricaded from any possible interruptions. Proximity to home and family. For many, the physical proximity to family and the convenience of being at home are tremendously comforting. For parents it can be especially pacifying to know that they are very near to their children and available should they be needed for any reason. This also applies in the case of elderly care. Less stress. The stress of commuting in bumper-to-bumper traffic at rush hour in many countries is extremely counterproductive and can lead to disgruntled workers who are already exhausted and worn before they have even begun their day. This is especially true where the workplace is far from the office. Other stresses often cited include unfriendly coworkers, a suboptimal work environment and constant distractions. More productivity. Removed from the stresses and distractions of the workplace and working independently in their own preferred environment at their own pace, professionals are often a lot happier and a lot more productive. Better health. Often with long commutes and anywhere from 1 to 3 hours a day spent getting to and from the workplace both physical and mental health are adversely impacted; the former as the exercise hours are usually the first to go and the latter due to the stresses associated with both the commute and the workplace itself. By working at home the commuting time saved enables you to resume physical exercise (ideally from home), as well as to take care of your general physical and mental well-being.  Better work/life balance. Work/life balance, the aspiration of the modern professional, is often achieved and tuned to satisfaction through a working at home arrangement, particularly when a professional has the flexibility to report into the office and work from the office partially as an option and can fine-tune the arrangement to achieve the most optimal balance. Disadvantages. Isolation. Often, professionals working from home complain of isolation and loneliness given their removal from their bosses and coworkers and this can be very depressing to some. Since the workplace provides a location to meet people and make friends for many, professionals working from home have to be more creative and resourceful in getting to know people and in staying in touch with their colleagues. Distractions. Although office distractions are avoided by working at home, different distractions may arise. Interruptions from children, work, neighbours, friends, family may be very disruptive and special efforts must be made to make it known that you are actually working and unavailable for interruption within work hours despite your physical presence at home. Difficulty in separating home from work. The temptation to engage in household matters since you are at home is often very strong. Suddenly you may start feeling obliged to clean the home, do the shopping, the childcare, the cooking, the home finances and the socializing all while meeting the full requirements of the job too. It is essential to draw the line between home and work so as to avoid both areas suffering. Work doesn’t end. Since there is no-one looking over your shoulder enforcing strict hours you may feel tempted to work endlessly. This pressure to work endlessly may be compounded by the fact that you feel there are greater expectations made of you as a home-worker or by self-imposed pressures to prove yourself and your abilities in this arrangement. Moreover the lack of physical separation between home and work may add to this pressure to work endlessly.   Working from home takes a lot of dedication, self-control and discipline. To motivate yourself to persevere in working at home alone over the long run without succumbing to the distractions and losing drive and momentum is a tough feat. Nonetheless, this can be an easily cultivated skill with the support of your manager and team and by focusing on the aforementioned tips.  Posted by Mohannad Aljawamis - ‏21/10/2007 Last updated: 10/05/2021 Comments (30) Grow Your Career Report this Post
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                            [body] => Home Office - The advantages and disadvantages In itself, the term "home office" is quite self-explanatory: one's own four walls function as an office and workplace. In a broader sense, the link to the employer's premises is removed. The workplace can, for example, be moved to the desk at home, the local library or the favourite café. This is a way of working that is primarily reserved for office workers - because a nurse, a construction worker or a cashier cannot, of course, take their work home with them. The advantages of the Home Office. Working from home probably sounds like a dream to many employees. In fact, working from home also has many advantages. 1. increased productivity. The colleagues from the department have a short chat while you try to work highly concentrated yourself. The colleague talks about her vacation and somewhere a telephone rings: "Especially in open-plan offices the noise level is often high. Colleagues distract you and you notice how your concentration suffers. You can avoid this in your home office. No one is there to distract you. You can create the working atmosphere you want much better than you need to be productive. With absolute peace and quiet, your favourite music on your ear or a wide open window. Open-plan offices in particular have some disadvantages that affect productivity, such as time or Gentside reports. 2. save time and money. The shorter the commuting distance, the faster you get to work. What sounds natural at first becomes all the clearer when you don't have to drive 20 kilometres in the evening traffic. The employee can thus save valuable time on every home office day, depending on how he or she travels to and from work. Home office days can also make themselves felt in the wallet. The fewer distances travelled, the lower the costs of mobility by car and public transport. This saves you money. However, working from home also means that you are inclined not to leave home. The magic figure of 10,000 steps per day is therefore not something that most people can manage. Andreas Weck shows in a report at t3n how this goal can also be achieved, despite the home office. 3. work when it suits you. Where some prefer to start an hour earlier to get more out of the day, others prefer to work into the evening hours or to have an extended lunch break. If there are no appointments or meetings in the way, this can be achieved wonderfully by working in the home office. This enables you to achieve a great work-life balance, as you are much more flexible than with fixed working hours. Especially for employees with children, the home office offers advantages as they can spend most of their time at home with their loved ones. But don't forget: At the end of the working day, the workload must still be reached! 4. using the cosiness of your own four walls. "What am I wearing today?" - This question belongs to the past. In the home office, you can dress, style and behave the way you want, because in the end, it's all about work. You can also set up your workplace as you wish. The disadvantages of the home office. Every medal has two sides - as does the work from home. The disadvantages of the home office are discussed below. 1. self-discipline is a must! Even if productivity is often higher, there are still many distractions lurking at home: Just wash a machine, do the dishes and watch a episode of your favourite series, then it's time to get back to work... But at the end of the day, this setting costs you more time than you save by travelling to work and increasing productivity. That's why a high degree of self-discipline is indispensable so that you can really carry out your tasks even though there is no boss in sight. After all, work in your home office is based on trust, which means that your boss trusts that you will really be able to work the required hours. 2. separation of work and private life. When work and life merge in the premises, there is a high risk that the clear separation of the two areas will be abolished. In the evening "just check mails for a short time" or quickly attach them one or two hours after dinner often becomes a habit. That's why you should always have a look at the hours you have worked, despite your home office, and spend them as productively as possible. 3. miss the boat. As annoying as the colleagues may be - in the end we people like to be in company and whoever works most of the time or even exclusively in the home office also misses the nice conversations between colleagues and the common breaks. In addition, good means of communication must be available on the part of the employer so that the communication and distribution of tasks among the employees can also function smoothly in the home office and not end in endless email conversations. Also, unfortunately, some employers often perceive the employees who are not present as being less present than those who are always on site. This can have a negative impact on additional bonuses or salary increases. 4. pressure and overtime. Home office is not yet established in many companies. Workers often find themselves under pressure to be particularly good at avoiding the prejudice of working nothing. This often results in unpaid overtime and additional stress. Is home office good or bad? Whether a home office is good or bad cannot be said in general terms. Work at home should neither be too strict nor too relaxed in order to create an optimal work-life balance. So you can use the advantages and eliminate disadvantages. In addition, there are a lot of tips and tools on how to make working in the home office even better, more productive and more successful.   Discover JPlatform By Sonja Körner, November 19, 2019, in the category : Good practices See more blog posts Get a free 30-day trial Enjoy 30 days of unlimited access to all the features and capabilities of our solution Jalios Workplace   Request your free access English Français Deutsch 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Rxp8Scedj4L73fN1
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                            [body] => WATSON POSTMain MenuAdvantages and Disadvantages of Working from HomeJuly 9, 2021Joe WatsonThere are many ways in which you can be able to work and generate an income for yourself. Working from home is one way that is popular today. If you are considering this option, you should take time to fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of working from home.Working from home provides a number of possibilities and options to you, business or enterprises.I have been working from home for a while now. It is a concept that is working for me. I like it because am able to be in charge of my own schedule, including not wasting time on traffic every morning or evening.It is good to have the ability to wake up, have breakfast and walk into the home office, all within the same location or compound.You might be looking for something like that. If that is the case, then you should focus on working from home.Working from home has advantages and disadvantages. However, if the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, you will make a decision to set up your home office or working desk.What is working from home?Working from home is the concept or idea that you can work from home.If you run a business, working from home means that your employees can work remotely instead of going to a physical office.It is important to understand how remote working or working from home works. This would help you leverage on it to get the best value from this way of working.Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from Home. Advantages of working from home include; flexibility, increased productivity, expanded pool of talent, saves money and creates a better work-life balance.The disadvantages of working from home are home distractions, feeling isolated, working long hours, lack of capacity and initial costs for set up can be very highAdvantages of Working from Home. Working from home comes with certain advantages or benefits. These include;Flexibility.Increased Productivity.Expanded Pool of Talent.Saves Money.Better Work-Life BalanceLet us now look these pros of working from home.Flexibility.You are going to have great flexibility when you start working from home. It is a way of work that provides you with extra time to do more than just work.With the time you save from commute, it is possible to do other things when at home.Increased Productivity.Studies show that people who work from home are more productive by about 20% to 25%.This is a huge advantage.It means that if you focus on your work and the goals you want to achieve, you have a very high chance of achieving them if you work from home.Expanded Pool of Talent.When you are working from home or running your business remotely, you will be able to access skills or expertise from across the world.This expands your pool of talent available to you.You are not limited to working with people from you own locality or city. You can hire people from different parts of the world.This allows you to get the best skills or expertise for your business.Saves Money.You are going to save money by working from home.If you think about it, remote working allows you to avoid commuting. This has the potential of saving you transport or fuel money.As you work from home, you might find time to deal with some other items in the house that would cost you money to deal with.For example, you can eliminate or reduce your child care costs because you can take care of your kids.Better Work-Life Balance. Another advantage of working from home is ability to get or achieve a better work and life balance.You will be able to manage your personal and professional life better.It is possible for you take care of your family, engage more with your friends, undertake and improve your hobbies.This would be impossible when you have to commute and go to your office.Disadvantages of Working from Home.While you have noted the advantages of remote working, it is also important to note that working from home has some disadvantages.Being aware of these cons of working from home is going to help you when evaluating this kind of lifestyle.The disadvantages of working from home include;Distractions at home.Feelings of isolation.Working long hoursLack of capacity.High initial set up costs.Having listed the above, let us now discuss them further.Distractions at Home.If you are working from your home, it is possible that you will be distracted by your family members, or other things in your house.This means that you might not be able to focus or concentrate on the work you are supposed to do.Feelings of Isolation.When you are working from home, you might feel disconnected from your colleagues.This is hard if you have been used to interacting with people.In your home office, you are all alone. You are spending all the time by yourself.This has the potential to make you feel isolated from the world as a whole.Working Long Hours.I have been working from home for a while now. My experiences shows that it is possible for someone to actually end up working for long hours.If you are not good at managing your work flow or schedule, you will find yourself at your desk at all times.Having your work from home space alongside your other home activities is very tempting. You will feel being drawn to work more than you would if you were at an office.Instead of spending time with your family, you might want to check that email, send a much important email to a client, or finish on the project you were working on earlier.Therefore, working from home has the disadvantage of making you work for longer hours.Lack of Capacity.It is possible that you might not have the capacity to fully function while working from home.You need to ensure you have all the tools you need to make your home office or remote working desk functional.While the will might be there, other factors might make it hard for you to work remotely. For example, lack of space in your house, or internet connectivity.High Initial Setup Costs.The initial cost of setting up a home office can be very high. This is something to consider if you are starting from scratch.For a business, setting up costs for all employees who will be working remotely can be a huge financial undertaking.You should consider costs of such things as laptops, office desks and chairs, internet connectivity and other office items hen considering working from home.Conclusion. In conclusion, working from home is an option that is available to you. However, you should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this way of doing things.It is your responsibility to research and find out if this system would work for you. When the pros outweigh the drawbacks, then it is a good idea to start working from home.If you are a parent, you might find working from home very attractive. It can help you spend more time with your family, while you still get time to work and deliver results for your business or organization.It is also good to understand your personality. Are you able to work from home? You might be easily distracted by working from home.report this adreport this adreport this adxx
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                            [body] => Advantages and Disadvantages of Working From Home 4 MIN READBurkhart MarketingBy now, we have all heard the term “working remotely” which essentially is a work style that allows individuals to work from the comfort of their homes instead of in the office. COVID-19 has forced many companies to allow employees to work remotely just so they could stay open.  Working from home has both pros and cons to it, just like working in the office. Before you decide if it’s a fit for you or not, check out our list of advantages and disadvantages of working from home.    Advantages of Working From Home. Better Work-Life Balance. Remote jobs allow for a more flexible schedule and may even allow employees to choose their own start and end times for the day as long as their work gets completed. Some companies even allow employees to take breaks to run an errand or pick the kids up from school and then come back to work.    Less Time Commuting . The average U.S. commute is 26 minutes one way – that’s almost an hour of your day spent in the car give or take traffic. With working from home, you no longer have to worry about a commute and get some time in your day back; that time could even be spent getting some extra sleep.    Save Money. Think about it – how much money do you spend each week on gas to get to work or eating out for lunch? That money adds up quickly over time and can take a huge chunk out of what you save every year. By working from home, you won’t be using as much gas, which is also good for the environment and can eat food that you already have at home instead of going out.    A Better Office. Let’s face it, some offices are dull and boring. There’s not much you get to do to your work office to make it feel more at home. When you work from home, your office is yours; you can do whatever you want with it.    Location Independence. Working from home opens up so many possibilities for jobs when you’re not restricted to the area where you live. Not having a set job location also allows you to travel more. Instead of spending the week stuck in the office working you could be sitting in an Airbnb on the beach, as long as you have stable internet access.  This also allows people who work jobs that are based more in big cities to no longer have to live in the big city. They can live in more rural areas, which can be more affordable.    Disadvantages of Working From Home. Time Management . Remote workers have to be good at managing their time and staying on track. At home, it’s easy to get distracted by the dog doing something it’s not supposed to or trying to multitask by doing some housework. When working from home, you have to be able to put your work first and complete your tasks or your employers may not be happy with your performance.    Little Human Interaction . This could sound like an advantage for the more antisocial people out there. When you work from home, you’re not talking with your coworkers as much, there’s no break room conversations or going out to lunch with coworkers. That could sound like a good thing, but we need daily human interaction to help keep us sane.    Waiting for an Answer. You’re in the middle of working on a project but need a question answered or more information. Now instead of getting up and walking over to someone’s office, you have to send an email or try to call them and hope for an answer. If they don’t answer, then your work is put on hold waiting on them.    Internet Connection. When you’re in the office, you’re almost guaranteed a good internet connection, and if something is wrong with it, you’re not the only one dealing with it. If your internet at home goes down or is too slow, that reflects poorly on you, and you’re the one responsible for figuring out a way to get it fixed or find somewhere else to work for the time being.  Does working from home sound like a fit for you, or are you still not sure? Here is some personal work from home stories from our team here at Burkhart Marketing that could help you decide. Categories: 4 MIN READ, Burkhart MarketingBy burkhartDecember 15, 2021Tags: Work From HomeWork-Life Balance Share this post Share on FacebookShare on Facebook TweetShare on Twitter Pin itShare on Pinterest Share on LinkedInShare on LinkedIn Related posts. What is Networking? 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So let’s take a look at some of the great opportunities, as well as some of the challenges and new business requirements, that remote working from home could bring. While many people welcome the chance to work from home, there’s no doubt there are challenges too Advantages of Remote Working from Home for Employees. The biggest benefit for employees is that remote working from home can make life significantly easier. No Commute. There’s no big commute to worry about. Instead, all employees have to do to is open their laptop, and they’re at work. Similarly, all they have to do to leave work is close their laptop. Improve Work/Life Balance. In this way, working from home can vastly improve your work/life balance. If you’re not spending countless hours each day travelling to and from work, you’ll free up a lot of time that you can dedicate to more wholesome practices. Avoid Workplace Politics. Remote working from home can make office squabbles and petty workplace politics a thing of the past too. If you work from home, you can do everything on your terms. All of those endless arguments about heating, air conditioning, and the quality of the coffee will vanish overnight. In this way, working from home can improve working relationships. Disadvantages of Remote Working from Home for Employees. Some employees struggle to switch off. If all it takes to go to work is to open your laptop or check your phone, then some employees may be tempted to work a lot longer than they would otherwise. Remote working from home could improve your work/life balance. But it could harm it, too. Over-Working. Employees working extra hard might sound like it could benefit the business. But overwork makes employees stressed and anxious. It’s bad for employee wellbeing, which means it can be bad for productivity, morale, and working relationships. Working from home takes discipline. For it to work, employees must set clear limits on when and where they work. Loneliness. This isn’t the only way in which remote working from home isn’t for everyone. Some people just find it to be too lonely. Many employees will have missed the casual office chats and the camaraderie while under lockdown. They’ll be longing to return to the workplace just so they can see people again. So for some, the idea of always working from home could be unwelcome. Advantages of Remote Working from Home for Employers. Increased Productivity. So long as employees know when to switch off, working from home can actually lead to increased productivity. Studies show that, in a eight hour working day, most employees are only productive for about two hours. This is because not all of us are built for the 9-5. But when you work from home, you’re free to work on your own terms, at whatever time and in whatever place works best for you. If your employees are disciplined enough, you might see a rise in productivity. Improve Working Relationships. We mentioned above how remote working can improve working relationships. It could improve relationships between staff and management, too. If you let your employees work from home, you’re basically showing that you trust them. Employees might reward this trust with increased loyalty and, perhaps, increased productivity. Improve Your Business Reputation. Remote working from home, like any flexible working situation, is a forward-thinking idea. Embrace it, and you could improve the reputation of your business as a whole. It could help you to attract the sort of talent you need to make your business grow, and it could be exactly the sort of progressive policy that will convince certain clients and customers to choose you. Disadvantages of Remote Working from Home for Employers. As we said above, it takes discipline to be able to effectively work from home. If your employees lack this discipline, it could cause a range of problems to your business. Under Delivery & Employee Burnout. One is a drop in output, as your employees consistently underdeliver while working remotely. On the other end of the scale is stress and burnout, as your employees struggle to switch-off and neglect to take necessary breaks. It’s Not Possible for Everyone. Also, it will never be possible for all employees to work remotely from home. If all you need to do your job is a computer and a smartphone, then working from home is easy. But what if you work in a warehouse, or with specialist equipment out in the field? If some employees are allowed the “luxury” of working from home and others aren’t, it could lead to tension between your teams. Communication Issues. Finally, remote working from home could reduce petty office disputes. But think of all the other conversations that won’t happen – the chats and discussions that could lead to genuine innovation, or at the very least to more productive working relationships. There are many benefits to remote working from home. But something is certainly lost when people don’t work together, in the same room. Remote Working from Home for Employers – The Practicalities. Soon it will be possible for many UK workers to return to the workplace. Many may prefer to still work from home, so it might be time to write a working from home policy for your business. This can act as an outline of the essential rules you expect all employees to follow when working from home. It can help people find the discipline they need to remain productive while not in the office, without overworking to the point of stress and burnout. But the biggest practicality to consider is insurance. If you employ people, no matter where they work, you have a legal obligation to get employer’s liability insurance. This will cover for any accidents or injuries your employees sustain while on the job, and it absolutely extends to home-based workers.If you work from home, your equipment will be your livelihood. You should consider contents insurance, so that you’ll be covered should anything ever happen to your smartphone or laptop.If you work remotely from home, you might have to access sensitive data using less-than-ideal connections. It’s vital that you consider cyber security. But you should also get some cyber breach response insurance, to cover you in a worst case scenario. It’s also important to consider whether working from home will affect your home insurance, or your tax situation. Read our guide to running a business from home for more information. If you would like an insurance quote or have any questions about our products please give us a call on 020 7846 0108 or email us at [email protected]
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                            [body] => The disadvantages of working from home Joshua Stanley July 7, 2021 6 mins Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Due to the pandemic, many people have been pushed out of their work and office spaces and sent home to work. Working from home can work really well for those who have a busy life or trouble with child care etc but it can also have many disadvantages. Working from home isn’t quite like going to your workspace and like most things it does comes with its advantages and disadvantages but in this article, we are going to explore the disadvantages of using the home environment and you can weigh up if this really works for you. The lure of the housework. One of the main problems when working from home is getting sucked into doing the housework. When you are in your home environment you are surrounded by everything that needs doing, all the time. When you work from home it’s so easy to cook something for lunch from scratch, start preparing tea or even go out to do the grocery shopping. It is important to remember that all of these things you simply wouldn’t do if you were out at work or at the office.  The distraction of the housework when you are working from home can be a lot. Because you aren’t in a space that is your own it can be very easy to think to yourself, ‘i’ll just tidy the kitchen’ or ‘i’ll just do the hoovering’ etc. You need to stop and think to yourself, ‘Would I be doing this if I was at work’” The answer is very likely a great big NO. The housework can actually become a way to avoid doing your actual work, and what may seem a small task or break away from your work can become several hours. Because of this, it can be hard to separate yourself from work and home life.  You have no daily structure. When you go to work, you have your set working hours, your set breaks, and usually, a plan which you work by in order to complete all your daily tasks. You wake up in the morning, grab your breakfast, and then probably make your daily commute to work. If you work from home, it can be all too easy to completely lose this structure and have no real plan. A lie-in can become a common occurrence, you might not know what time to start and you could genuinely just feel like you really don’t know how to start your day anymore. If you are someone that really does benefit from being ‘managed’ as you might struggle with your lack of organisational skills then working from home and the lack of structure it presents can be hard work.  We have always been taught that work stays at work and the home environment is for winding down, spending time with your family, cooking and relaxing, etc. Working from home can really disturb this equilibrium. Setting a structure to your day when working from home can be tough because you haven’t got anything that separates your home life from your work life, you are still in the same building.  Lack of Community and teamwork. People, by nature, are social creatures at heart which is why working from home can induce a real lack of community and term work. What many people consider a big disadvantage of working from home is the total lack of community and teamwork. If you are someone that thrives when you are around other people then working from home might be a struggle. Working from home, for this reason, can feel very isolated and lonely. While the prospect of working from home can make some people very excited, without the distractions of the workplace and some incredible home comforts, there are others that might find it all too difficult to spend long hours alone and collaborate with just a computer screen. People’s productivity can be better when they are surrounded by other people and the hustle and bustle of a thriving environment.  Nothing quite replaces face-to-face interaction and communication with actual work colleagues and the laughs that can also come with it. Today there are various platforms such as Zoom, Skype, etc., where work colleagues can connect through video calls and conferences, it just doesn’t feel the same as sitting together and brainstorming ideas to work effectively. You must be extremely self-motivated. Lack of motivation can be a real issue when working from home. It’s hard to get yourself into the right mindset to smash those targets and meet your goals, especially when you don’t even see the point of getting out of your PJ’s all day. To work from home, you really have to be self-motivated and if this isn’t something that comes naturally then you really have to put some time and effort into developing this skill.  In order to stay motivated at home, it is vital that you create a working environment or space at home where you feel able to focus and complete tasks. If your idea of working from home consists of sitting in bed, not getting dressed, or sitting in front of the television with your laptop, it is unlikely that you will be very productive. You have to think to yourself, ‘would I stay in my PJ’s at work all day and watch TV’” If you wouldn’t do it at work then you shouldn’t do it at home, remember you are at work. Certain personality types may struggle. The big problem with certain personality types, especially introverts, is that they can struggle so much with being alone. If you are someone that needs to go to work because it’s a huge part of your wellbeing in the sense of mixing with other people, then being stuck at home alone all day every day can be pretty damaging to your mental health.  Some people really rely on the interaction they have with their work colleagues, and in some cases, it can be the only interaction they get at all. Working from home can, in some cases, contribute to depression and feelings of loneliness and isolation. Due to the pandemic studies have looked at the effects on workers’ mental health due to working from home. It has been found that well-being, stress, depression, fatigue, quality of life, strain, and happiness mostly diminished while spending long periods working from home. The impact on health outcomes was strongly influenced by the degree of organisational support available to employees, colleague support, social connectedness (outside of work), and levels of work to family conflict. Overall, women were less likely to experience improved health outcomes when WAH. Your phone and social media. Most day jobs mean that you can’t be on your phone every 5 seconds checking your social media and replying to messages. The lure of social media and the checking of the phone constantly can be such a big distraction when it comes to working from home. The thing is nobody is going to tell you not to do it, you aren’t in a strict environment where you are likely to be ‘told off’. With you being your ‘own boss’ somewhat it can become harder to distance yourself from things you would normally.  If you are having to work from home regularly then this may mean muting your phone notifications and only checking your email once an hour. Of course, this can be difficult if you don’t feel the need to be disciplined, etc but it can be a big disadvantage to working at home.  There are too many distractions. Unless you have your own separate working environment in your home such as an office or separate building then you are probably susceptible to a whole host of different distractions. Many people do find that working from home can bring along with it the benefit of a good work-life balance. You may feel that working from home allows you more time to be with your family and take part in other life events, but there is a little more to the picture. Watching TV and listening to music can be huge distractions to your working from home life.  A survey released by Glassdoor, where nearly 1,000 employees were asked about their top concerns when working from home between March 11 and March 13, 2020, reported that roughly 32% of employees say watching TV is a top distraction when working remotely, followed by 27% who say child care is a huge distraction. When you are at work the main thing is you need to focus and concentrate while doing your job, to produce the expected results from your employer. Focusing and applying yourself can prove to be highly difficult with the distractions of family wanting attention or other household noises. Not every home working environment can provide good working conditions as an office space can. Lack of equipment and support. When working from home, you are often away from all of the facilities and equipment you need to complete your job. Being around your colleagues and being able to have a quick conversation and get your questions answered can become a long-winded process when working from home. It can turn into an unanswered phone call or several emails and a long wait, this is the type of thing you can easily take for granted when you go to work. You might not have access to all the same information sources, and equipment such as printers, papers, etc so working from home can be much more challenging in this sense. What’s more at home you haven’t got the regulations in place to ensure your work surfaces are the correct height and poor-quality chairs and subsequently, bad postures can become very common. Neither of these should be an issue with a properly equipped home office. Without a proper desk and decent office chair your back, neck, and shoulders will eventually suffer. To conclude…. Working from home can come with its challenges. For many, it is an unnatural way of working, and the social aspects and teamwork methods are lost when you are alone. It is easy to feel isolated and become a victim of all the distractions which are going on around you. You really need to ensure you are self-motivated and stick to a good working schedule and plan to ensure your productivity stays high. 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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Working From Home Start Earning Now Join in 30 seconds! www.surveybee.net / Blog / The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Working From Home Last Updated: 11 November 2016 The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Working From Home . Greta Sauciukenaite 11 November 2016 The Internet has come to our life not so long time ago. But since then everything has started to change dramatically fast. Many innovations appeared,life has become easier due to some services which transferred to operate online. So, nowadays it has become possible and pretty common that companies allow their employees to work from home.  Of course, it depends on a person individually if he/ she likes work from home instead of being at the office. This way of work has its own advantages and disadvantages because it does not appeal to be attractive to everybody. The advantages of working from home:.   Money saving. First of all, this is a way to save money for both parties: company and employees as well. You don't need to spend that much money for the transport to and from your work, also you don't need to spend more money for the lunch breaks. And it is possible to save not only money but even time- if you work from your own home you just don't need to spend time to go to a remote workplace and get stuck in a traffic jam. No additional resources. Basically, to create a workplace at home does not need additional resources because almost everybody has a computer at home- the main tool for work. Flexibility! You can organise the time and tasks according to your personal wishes and needs. If you better perform the tasks in the evening, you can stay until the late evening and wake up whenever you want. Otherwise, if you are more productive in the morning, you can start your work day earlier. While working from home, you may plan not only your work schedule, but even a holiday and free time schedule. If you feel bad, you do not have to pretend and suffer, you can just take a break and lay down on the couch. For some people home seems to be a safer place to work, they feel more comfortable and creative there. Especially, this kind of work is advantageous for parents with small children- they can plan the work according to children's needs. Productivity. It may be incredible! Sometimes you can't even predict how much you can do while working alone, not being disturbed by your work colleagues. Place flexibility. Working from home does not necessarily mean directly "home". Your workplace practically may be anywhere you want- coffee shop, your favourite park or somewhere in the beach on the seaside. It is just up to you to find a most suitable place. If you choose to create a stable workplace at home, then you can create in a way YOU want, not somebody else. Less distractions. Unnecessary interruptions, unimportant meetings can be avoided if you are safely working at home hidden from any possible interruptions. Better work and life balance. It is often achieved and turned to satisfaction through a working at home arrangement, especially if a professional has the flexibility to report into the office and work from the office partially as an option.   The disadvantages of working at home:.   Difficult to concentrate. From another point of view, home might be a too comfortable place to work. It might become too difficult to concentrate on, because you can reach the fridge anytime, make a cup of coffee, dream, turn on TV or find another way to get away from work. A lack of communication and competition. In loneliness people run out of enthusiasm, despite of the fact that they are not disturbed. The feeling of loneliness might appear, people may get melancholic while working from home. They try to compensate this lack of communication with social networks- Facebook and others, however it does not compensate the real connection. More unexpected distractions. Other people who know that you are at home may not understand that you work as well. So, they might not mind to bother you, call or visit whenever they need or want. You should let them be aware that working at home is not only being at home. Work is work, wherever it takes place. Stress. If you counter some problems, you might feel stressed. In the office usually it would not happen, because the colleagues could help you to solve the problems. Unbalanced eating. For some people, the fridge and eating might become a problem. If a person is used to be eating a lot, then to have a fridge somewhere around while working is not such a good idea. Overworking. Sometimes you might lose a boundary between work and home. You might forget that you are still working and take a break. Danger of losing a promotion. Being in front of your bosses' eyes gives you a higher chance to be noticed and offered a promotion that being hidden and working from home.   As a conclusion, it seems that everybody has to find one's individual way where and how to work. Only this way, the work will be performed in the most productive way. We use cookie to give you the best browsing experience. We and our partners use cookies on our website to improve your browsing experience, personalize content and ads, provide social media features, and analyze our traffic. If you continue interacting we assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time at the bottom of this page. Read more about our cookie policy. Close × We care about your privacy You can change your preferred cookie settings below. Read more about our cookie policy here. Cookies that we always use ON We use cookies that are necessary for the site to work. 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                            [body] => Remote Work – Advantages and Disadvantages Tags: remote work Categories: Modern Workplace Author Nina Janza Date 11/12/2020 Remote work or flexplace means changing the central location of work away from the usual office workspace. Remote work is usually done from home, a personal office, or any other favorite spot of an employee. In the case of working from home it may even mean cancelling the need to commute to the office altogether. Some companies even provide this option for all of their employees, and are known as ”fully-remote workplaces”. Besides being able to hire great employees from all over the world, remote work is beneficial in reducing commuting time and costs, and helps to lower the carbon footprint of employees. There are also some other important advantages and disadvantages of remote work, which we will look at closely in this article. What you will find out in this article Remote Work - advantages and disadvantages you must be aware ofThe three main advantages of remote work1. Time and money savings and being more friendly to the environment2. Higher productivity because of less distractions3. It’s the new normalThe three main disadvantages of remote work1. Teamwork and leadership can be a little bit more challenging2. Feelings of isolation3. Distractions at home and losing work-life balanceSetting the remote-work policy at workMake remote work transparent with a good time & attendance app Remote Work - advantages and disadvantages you must be aware of. Like flexi-time (flexible work time), which allows employees to choose when to start and end their workday and/or how long to take their break for within agreed limits set by management, flexplace or remote work is also becoming a popular element of the modern workplace. It simply means employees can choose, again within limits set by management, where they will perform their work.Remote work has been becoming more and more popular in the last few years, and with the COVID-19 pandemic and need for social distancing, flexplace policies are on a steep rise, wherever the type of work allows it. Since you’re reading this article, you might also be considering remote work for your company’s employees or even yourself. Below you can find the full list of pros and cons of remote work, so you can more easily make the decision on whether remote work is beneficial in your case. In the next sections we will look at at the main pros and cons in detail, a few core pieces of advice, and some tips on how to avoid any pitfalls.The main advantages of remote work are:. Greater pool of potential talent (almost no geographical limitations) for employersEmployees keep full pay and benefitsEmployees (and employers) save commuting time and costsHigher autonomy and less office interruptions can increase the productivity of employeesEmployees can completely customize their working setupMay assist employees with disabilitiesMay extend the company’s operational hoursLess parking spots and office space neededLower carbon footprintThe main disadvantages of remote work:. Less suitable for positions that require the use of specialized equipmentFewer networking opportunities for employeesHeat and electric bills at employees’ homes may increaseSome employees could be less productive in this arrangementSome employees may feel overlooked and isolatedHarder to build team spirit, peer-to-peer connections and to manage people Could create difficulty in scheduling meetings and coordinating projectsMore difficult to supervise and evaluate work (and also more difficult remote work monitoring) Now let’s deep dive into some of the main pros and cons of remote work and what to do to overcome the latter. Smart Clocking - Track work hours to automate and optimize payroll. Learn more Test the powerful features with a free trial. Cancel anytime - no credit card required. The three main advantages of remote work. 1. Time and money savings and being more friendly to the environment. Commuting usually takes lots of time, energy and money; especially if we take rush hour into consideration. Without a doubt, these hours and dollars can be spent much more productively. Commuting is also not good for the environment, and even less so when employees use their personal vehicles and commute alone. The bottom line is that with remote work hundreds of hours and dollars can be saved every year, and our carbon footprint can be reduced.Nevertheless, employees usually have some additional costs when working remotely, such as electricity, heating, use of equipment, and so on. Many companies that allow remote work and consequently save with office space, parking space, travel cost reimbursements and so on, cover part of these additional costs when their employees work remotely. The friendly advice for employers and employees is to find a way to split the bill.2. Higher productivity because of less distractions. With remote work, employees can avoid many distractions such as unimportant meetings, office gossip, casual phone calls and interruptions from coworkers.If there are no supplemental distractions at home, like personal calls, pets, household chores etc. (more about that later), work productivity can be dramatically increased with remote work.With remote work, the employee can usually also have a more flexible schedule. They can adjust their work to their biological rhythm and level of energy during the day. Employees can also arrange their home workspace as suits them best. These are all big advantages of working remotely. Nevertheless, some employees might have challenges with personal time management when out of the office. For employers, it’s recommended to organize time management courses or coaching for such employees to make sure they reach their full productivity potential.3. It’s the new normal. During COVID-19, employees expect their companies to allow remote work, especially if their physical presence is not necessary. A modern and employee-friendly workplace nowadays is definitely considered to be a workplace with flexi-time and flexi-space policies.Having a flexi-time and flexi-space policy means you can also attract better talent or seek talent with almost no geographical limits. And there is talent everywhere, just waiting to help you achieve your company’s goals, if you can offer great working conditions and a great environment.»We’re able to hire amazing people, and it doesn’t matter where they live. Talent isn’t exclusive to a certain area of the country. There are great people everywhere. We love being able to hire anyone, no matter where they live.« Steli Efti, founder and CEO at Close.io New ideas & best tips How to create a productive & organized working place, where people love to perform Join 14.000+ readers The three main disadvantages of remote work. As with anything in life, remote work also has some big disadvantages, but they can be nicely mitigated or even transformed into advantages.1. Teamwork and leadership can be a little bit more challenging. When starting to practice remote work, some adjustments and development of new competences are absolutely needed. Employees need to learn to communicate online and run online meetings effectively, and also to collaborate with others remotely and use many different IT tools. The transition can be hard, but new competences are always welcome and are the enabler of individual and corporate progress. Leading a remote team can also be a little bit more challenging. There can be sense of lack of control and it can be little harder to build team spirit. The two best remote work tips for remote leaders are:Go from being a time-based leader to being a results-based leaderBe inventive in promoting a sense of belongingYou can read more about it here. With remote leadership, all the leadership best practices really make the difference between being a poor or great leader. Thus, remote leaders must invest even more in their leadership skills, which is again beneficial to everyone.2. Feelings of isolation. Whether we’re speaking about employees or bosses, we are all social beings and can’t thrive without human interaction. Isolation is one of the top reasons for depression and lack of productivity. Make sure you as a remote worker, or your remote work employees if you are an employer, don’t feel isolated in a remote work arrangement. Here are a few core things to remember to prevent feelings of isolation when working remotely:Combine remote work and working in the officeUse camera when communicating onlineUse traditional means of communication (phone…)Organize (virtual) gatherings, team building events etc.Check-in when starting to workRemember birthdays, have informal work gatherings3. Distractions at home and losing work-life balance. When working remotely there are no office distractions, but on the other hand a remote worker can face a whole bunch of new distractions, especially working from home - like kids, pets, hobbies, TV and so on. It’s very beneficial for remote workers if they have a remote working space without any such distractions. When working remote, it might also be harder to find the right balance between business and personal life. There are two big traps, the first being working all the time, since the computer desk is always near. This is especially dangerous for workaholics. If you’re constantly working without proper breaks or any kind of life-work balance, work productivity declines fast in the long run.The second trap is doing work half the time and spending the other half being with the family or having fun. For example, working for a few minutes and then paying attention to family members, then working again, and so on; struggling with multitasking.  When working remote it makes sense to be 100 % at work with full focus during the working hours (even if they are very flexible) and being completely free during non-working hours. Easy to clock-in and out. Timesheets always up-to-date. Manage and approve absences. . Learn more Cancel anytime - no credit card required. Setting the remote-work policy at work. If you are considering implementing remote work in your company for the first time, you should ask yourself some core questions regarding the possibilities of remote work in your line of business. They can help you set the ground rules and general policy for remote work, and make sure you mitigate all the potential traps and disadvantages of remote work. Here they are:How work activities will be carried out, where, and when?How much time will be spent in the office, and when?How will working hours be tracked?How will meetings and joint projects be handled?How will we maintain a high level of workplace communication?What technical support and equipment is needed and who will provide it?What networks and company data should be accessible remotely?How will the arrangement be supervised and evaluated?As you can see, one important part of remote work is determining how to have an overview of time and attendance, no matter the place and how work hours will be tracked. Besides workplace communications and determining how often, where, and when will people meet in person; having an overview of when people are working and on what is a very important aspect of remote work. And don’t forget about compliance in this regard.If you are considering implementing a remote work policy in your company, you absolutely need a good time & attendance solution (like Spica’s All Hours) or time-tracking software (like Spica’s My Hours). The idea of implementing these kinds of solutions is not to micro-manage people or to be a ”control freak manager”, but to have a better overview of when and on what are people working. In this way you can more easily lead, inform, connect, give feedback, and orchestrate teamwork in your company.Make remote work transparent with a good time & attendance app. With a mobile time clock app like All Hours you can easily supervise where and when your remote employees perform their work activities. You will have a real-time overview of who is ‘present’ and working at a given moment and will be able to easily track their worked hours and overtime. How to set remote work in a time& attendance app like All Hours? It’s super easy. 1. Set the ‘Shift Plan’ rule to 8 hours from Monday to Friday to define a regular work schedule or set it to your custom schedule.2. Define the locations at which your employees are allowed to work remotely. You can add these »Clocking points« under Settings >> Clocking Points: Track your work hours with All Hours. Try it out for free, all features included! New ideas & Best tipsHow to create a productive and organized working place, where people love to perform Blog The Pomodoro Technique: turn time from your enemy into your ally Blog Getting Things Done (GTD) – a simple and practical guide Blog The Best Productivity Apps - For your elite outputs in 2022 Blog Scrum Guide: Master Scrum in just 15 minutes Register for the webinar:.
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                                                            [children] => Array
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                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
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                                    [3] => stdClass Object
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                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [level] => 4
                                                                            [name] => 10. Food Preparation. 
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [children] => Array
                                                                                (
                                                                                )

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                                                                        (
                                                                            [level] => 4
                                                                            [name] => 14. Tax Advantages. 
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                                                                            [children] => Array
                                                                                (
                                                                                )

                                                                        )

                                                                )

                                                        )

                                                    [1] => stdClass Object
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                                                            [level] => 3
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                                                            [tag] => h3
                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                        (
                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                            [children] => Array
                                                                                (
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                                                                            [level] => 4
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                                                                            [children] => Array
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                                                                                )

                                                                        )

                                                                )

                                                        )

                                                )

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                                            [level] => 2
                                            [name] => Is Working From Home Good?
                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
                                                (
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                                        )

                                    [5] => stdClass Object
                                        (
                                            [level] => 2
                                            [name] => How to Start a Remote Work Career from Scratch. 
                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
                                                (
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                                        )

                                    [6] => stdClass Object
                                        (
                                            [level] => 2
                                            [name] => Awesome! Please check your inbox!
                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
                                                (
                                                    [0] => stdClass Object
                                                        (
                                                            [level] => 3
                                                            [name] => Denise Mai. 
                                                            [tag] => h3
                                                            [children] => Array
                                                                (
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                                                        )

                                                )

                                        )

                                    [7] => stdClass Object
                                        (
                                            [level] => 2
                                            [name] => You May Also Like. 
                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
                                                (
                                                )

                                        )

                                    [8] => stdClass Object
                                        (
                                            [level] => 2
                                            [name] => 13 College Degrees That Make You Rich Working from Home. 
                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
                                                (
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                                        )

                                    [9] => stdClass Object
                                        (
                                            [level] => 2
                                            [name] => How to Become a Content Creator 2022 – Beginner’s Guide. 
                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
                                                (
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                                        )

                                    [10] => stdClass Object
                                        (
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                                            [name] => 15 High-Paying Part-Time Jobs You Can Do From Home. 
                                            [tag] => h2
                                            [children] => Array
                                                (
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                                        )

                                    [11] => stdClass Object
                                        (
                                            [level] => 2
                                            [name] => How to Find Legit Online Data Entry Work from Home. 
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                                            [children] => Array
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                                        )

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