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The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Thursday 20 June 2019 by AP Group HR

Here at AP Personnel, we are noticing some job seekers are asking if it’s possible to have the opportunity and the flexibility to be able to work from home.  Working from home is becoming more and more common for some jobs and it does have its benefits, but it’s not for everyone and also not possible for all employees to be able to work from home either depending on their role at work and not all of our clients are yet considering this new way of employment for their staff. Not sure if working from home is right for you? Here we uncover some of the pros and cons.


Pros: 


1.    Greater convenience/cost savings   
When working from home, there’s no need to spend ages getting ready, preparing lunch or commuting. This also means huge cost savings on petrol and lunch. 
2.    Increased flexibility 
Working from home allows you to work during your most productive times, enabling you to create a schedule that works well for you – provided you use your time wisely.  
3.    Increased independence  
Skills such as self-discipline, self-motivation, concentration and time management are vital when working from home, and are critical components for career success. 
4.    Enhanced technological skills 
Since face-to-face meetings aren’t possible, you need to be savvy with various communication tools. In today’s digital world, navigating different technologies is an indispensable skill that makes you more marketable. 
5.    Less stress
Working from home gives you greater control over your stress levels, and you can more easily take a break when work gets particularly stressful. 


Cons: 


1.    Isolation 
Working from home is difficult if you struggle with being alone for long periods without access to co-workers, colleagues and the general office vibe. 
2.    Collaboration suffers 
While there are emails and video calls, sometimes it’s quicker and easier to explain something face-to-face. It’s also harder to establish trust and develop relationships with colleagues and clients.  
3.    Distractions 
Working from home requires a unique level of self-discipline, since you have no one to answer to but yourself. You have to be organised and structured to avoid distraction and get things done. 
4.    It’s difficult to shut down  
Often it’s difficult to draw the line between private life and business life. It’s essential to put boundaries in place, and clearly separate home life from work life. 
5.    Requires an initial investment 
An initial investment of a computer, printer, fast internet access and conferencing accessibility are fundamental to make yourself available and efficient. 


When looking for staff or if you are a job seeker looking for a new opportunity, why not speak to one of our experienced consultants today on 715757.