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Working Remote: Pros vs. Cons

Posted on May 29, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Ryan Ring

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Working remotely sounds pretty great, right? You can show up in your pajamas, you don’t have to deal with a frustrating commute, and co-workers interrupting you at your desk is a thing of the past. Yes, it does sound great, however, it may not be for everyone.

 

In today’s world of global companies and flexible schedules, many people find themselves working remotely at least one day a week. Some employees work remotely every day. In fact, as of January 2016, 3.7 million employees work from home at least half of the time.

Working remotely doesn’t mean just working from home, however. A remote worker works from anywhere in the world. That means you can work from home, from an office in another city, or state, or even country. You can work from Starbucks. You can also work remotely from an airport while you’re travelling.

All that being said, is working remote as great as it sounds? Let’s find out.

 

  • Pros

 

Flexible schedules

One of the best things about working remotely is the ability to work (for the most part) on your own schedule. When you work remotely, you can work from your own home office, your backyard, your local coffee shop, pretty much anywhere with Wi-Fi (if you require an internet connection), or anywhere you can get work done.

Flexibility doesn’t just end at your location, however. A remote worker also can work when they want. As a remote worker, you’ll be free to work at 5 am, 5 pm, or any other time you have available, or feel the most productive. Of course, you may have to make meetings and make calls to people at certain times, but for the most part, your schedule is up to you.

 

Money savings

When you work from home or your current location, you can rack up some serious savings. How? By not paying for your commute!

By not paying for the train, gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, bridge tolls, etc. your savings can rack up quickly. And we’re not just talking about a few dollars here and there. According to a 2015 article published by CCN, the average person spends $2,600 annually commuting to work.

In addition to saving money on your commute, you’ll also save yourself the daily headache that is a commute. No more sitting in traffic, missing trains, getting sneezed on by strangers. As a remote worker, your commute consists of dragging yourself to your computer.

 

  • Cons

 

Of course, working remote isn’t all sunshine and savings. There are cons to not working in a traditional office.

 

Face to face time is valuable

A remote worker is going to have one major disadvantage when compared to those who work together in an office. That disadvantage being constantly in the loop.

Business moves fast. During the course of a day, any number of processes or other changes can happen. People also come up with ideas on-the-fly, and decisions will be made in the drop of the hat.

A remote worker is going to have the disadvantage of never being completely in the know. Even with advances in communication technology, they’ll also miss out on certain nuances that are only apparent in person.

Also, friendships won’t be forged; a remote employee won’t be developing lasting relationships with their co-workers. There won’t be any group lunches or team happy hours for those working at home.

 

There will be distractions

Sure, while in the office, one can be distracted by a noisy coworker or a birthday party in the break room, but working remotely comes with a set of distractions all its own.

If you have kids, they will be a distraction. New babies need constant care. Those kids old enough in school will be home long before you finish your work day. Not to mention, all the work that comes along with having kids. You may find it hard to work when your sink is full of breakfast dishes, the laundry is overflowing, or there’s a new show on Netflix.

Distractions come in all forms, and those who work at home are not immune.

Working remotely can be an excellent way to meet a work/life balance. But, it’s not without its problems. One solution may be to work remotely half the time and work the rest in the office. That way, you get the best of both worlds. Another is to consider a co-working space.

If you’re considering working remotely, be sure to weigh the good and bad before you make a commitment.

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