The advantages and challenges of work from home

 The advantages and challenges of work from home

Considering the rate at which things are fast evolving and an increase in adaptations in the corporate world especially in response to the current pandemic, the idea of working from home has become widely accepted. Many companies have strategized easy ways to ensure productivity and have devised means to maintain efficiency working from the comfort of your home to accommodate the effects of the pandemic. Has this been effective or yielded positive results? Yes! In most cases, studies have shown that where strict measures were set up to achieve productivity working from home yielded positively. However, working from home has its pros (advantages) and cons (disadvantages) which we’ll shortly discuss in this article.  

Let’s look at the pros (advantages) involved in the decision to work from home.

1. Increases productivity

Working from home affords you plenty of time to achieve set tasks. Unlike the normal waking up and rushing out to the workplace that only allows you 8 – 9 hours working time to clear up daily tasks. But here, you can create a conducive work area where you can attend to customers by making several phone calls, sending, receiving, and replying to a lot of emails, writing, or typing reports as well round the clock without being conscious of the time. Also, you have the freedom to take breaks at intervals.

2. Cost-effective

The expenses made during the daily logistics up-keep can be saved greatly if remote working is adopted. It is a two-way thing. Your company saves money by cutting down on the expenses resulting from electricity bills, air conditions, computers, internet connections, phones, and office rent. While your workers benefit from their transport fare saved, the money for petrol also saved including the stress of traffic jams, the long queue of customers waiting to be attended to, the noise from the cities are all solved.

On the other hand, let’s learn about the cons (disadvantages) seen in work from home.

1. Poor technicality

Part of an office setting requires sophisticated technical arrangements that are of huge essence in achieving as well as maintaining the kind of productivity required. Of course, it is a major issue with working from home. Problems like unavailability of certain necessary materials or equipment, poor technology advancements in some of these locations can cause internet disconnections or breaches, power failure, and lagging in the device operations. Providing up to 50% of this essential equipment or solving most of these technical issues at different remote working locations may not be feasible for the company to sort out. Also, the inability of the worker to operate or repair minor technical issues can pose a threat to high productivity.

2. Breach in communication

Communication stress is often a common issue attached to working from home. Imagine working in the office with frequent interactions with your manager and colleagues, it smoothens the work process and often helps motivate you to work smarter. But working from home restrains your social-work life. This can get you easily distracted, less motivated, and constantly fatigued. To tackle this issue is made handy with the use of advanced technology tools like skype, zoom, social channels, etc. to keep interactions effective.

Verdict

The pros and cons to work from home are not limited to these. However, knowing both sides and how to handle them effectively to achieve high productivity is the best action to take.