Sunday, December 25, 2011

Work From Home

Working from home at some point, and thanks to technology almost all of them have the options now as well. Considering the financial and personal advantages that full-time employees would have, even if they only worked a couple of days per week from home, most people would consider it the ideal set-up.

Obviously the biggest advantage of being able to send in your work projects from home is the freedom and flexibility you enjoy. You can construct your daily routine according to your personal needs, whether it is time you want to spend with your family, or at the gym, or maybe at a class, you will have complete control over when you want to work. The second biggest advantage is the money you save. 

No more commuting expenses; either be it public transport or your own car, the latter also meaning no more parking fees or traffic fines. Also, you save on those expensive clothes for work and the lunch you may buy while there. Another major benefit is the improvement it can have on your health and well-being, including the fact that working on your own lets you handle stress however you see fit. In addition, having employees work from home has huge benefits for employers as well. Office costs are significantly reduced, since fewer people in the office means lower operational costs and lesser overheads. 

Furthermore, productivity is increased; as employees that happen to have more time to be with their families or to do things for themselves, they’re mostly happier people.  Happier people are less stressed out and are less likely to make mistakes.  Therefore, happier people are more productive, which leads to more work done and more money saved.

 Nothing is perfect, and neither is working from home. As we mentioned in the beginning, it will have its pros and cons. One of the biggest disadvantages of working from home is the great amount of distractions you might have to face. Either it being the sickness of your partner, child or pet, you will be more concerned while at home. Even if you live alone, all by yourself, home distractions would range from a broken appliance to the door bell ringing. 

Similarly, while you try to work on your computer, you may get tempted to read the news online, or check your friend’s latest status update or a video link they posted. Such websites are normally restricted at the office to increase attention and remove disruptions. Another great disadvantage is isolation, especially if you’re living alone; as home-based employees will have to miss out on the social interaction provided at workplaces. Employers also have to face a number of problems with employees working from home. These include; performance monitoring, information-security risks and communication problems at organizational levels. Furthermore, not all job posts are flexible enough to be outsourced to employee’s homes. 

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