Telecommuting Pros & Cons
Telecommuting continues to rise. A recent study performed by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com shows that telecommuting has grown 103% since 2005. 3.7 million Employees now work from home at least half the time. 80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time. Two to three days a week seems to be the sweet spot that allows for a balance of concentrative work (at home) and collaborative work (at the office).
Here are some things to consider when deciding to work in an office vs at home
- You can work in your pajamas. No ties or politically correct attire needed.
- No traffic. The most you will have to avoid is the laundry on the floor.
- No one standing behind you.
- You can potentially take a small deduction on your taxes for your home office expenses.
- Save money on work-related expenses such as, dry cleaning, eating out and car maintenance.
- You can still do small household chores like laundry or cleaning the kitchen.
- You can sign for your deliveries instead of sending them to office and leaving them there.
- You are likely to be at ease in your own space and can maintain a calmer demeanor.
- A study showed that employees are over 13% more productive at home.
- Studies have shown that working from home improves physical health.
- Satisfy those late night work panic attacks. Have you ever woke at 2:00am with the fear you forgot to handle a critical item? A home office allows you to alleviate this panic.
- In some case you have flexibility with your schedule.
- It takes more self-discipline to start work when you don’t have to punch a clock by 9 a.m.
- You will need to be your self-motivator.
- Unless your company has a substantial telecommuting program. You miss out on co-worker camaraderie.
- You can never escape the office, because you’re already there.
- Working too much…Studies have shown that employees working from home put in longer hours.
Tips for Working at Home
- Stay on schedule! Work like you are at a real office. Start at the same time every day and Close the door at 5 p.m.
- Stay focused don’t get distracted. Don’t catch up on “Game of Thrones” if you have deadlines.
- Check in. Let your boss know you are at work and productive.