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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

 

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  •  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.
Vinnie Esposito