The Double-Edged Sword Of Telecommuting
Telecommuting has become more mainstream than ever as technological advances are gradually negating the need for an office hub. Many who are still commuting and working the traditional nine to five may envy their work-at-home counterparts, but the reality is that telecommuting can be a double-edged sword; with the advantages also come the disadvantages. Depending on the type of work you do, your desired career path, or your work habits, working at home may or may not be the best option for you.
E-commuting means your work days will be spent alone instead of surrounded by colleagues and superiors. This means there are none of the typical distractions that are commonplace in an office. You can focus on the task at hand without worrying about getting pulled into an impromptu meeting or having to talk over your neighbouring coworkers’ phone conversations.
Not only that, but working alone also tends to be less stressful as it’s easier to get up and take a break when you’re already at home.
On the other hand, working alone means little or no interaction with colleagues, which makes it trickier to collaborate on projects. Lacking a physical presence in the office lends itself to feeling out of the loop with what’s going on with the rest of the group. There may be a fear of losing out on new opportunities to those who have a physical presence in the office.
Schedules, Discipline, and Productivity
One of the biggest perks to working at home is that it usually offers a more flexible working schedule. No micromanaging or punching in every day at nine a.m.
However, this perceived perk comes with some surprising challenges. Working at home requires an enormous amount of discipline. There are a lot of household matters that may beg for your attention while you should be working, and without being able to strike a balance, a telecommuter can find themselves becoming less productive.
The flip side to this problem is the danger of overworking. With none of the traditional office cues telling you when it’s time to take lunch or time to go home, some telecommuters actually find themselves overworking and succumbing to burnout.
Depending on your work habits and type of work, making the change to work remotely isn’t for everyone. Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side!