Most IT professionals dream of the freedom to choose their own working hours, not having to adhere to a dress code or report to an office every day.
Work from home jobs is all the rage these days. However, when you remove the rose-tinted glasses, you will see it is not all good and dandy.
Working from home is not for everyone. Here are some of the pros and cons of working from home as opposed to working in an office. So, before you make the decision to ditch your 9-5 job, mull over these factors.
The most obvious attraction of working from home is the flexible working hours. You can work whenever you feel the most productive. You don’t have any set working hours like those in an office. So, you set your own hours. And whenever, the work becomes too stressful you can take a break without having a boss breathing down your neck.
Lounging in your pajamas in the Bahamas, while you continue to work away on those spreadsheets sounds like a sweet deal. This is another perk you can only get if you work remotely. Lately, several organizations have embraced a more flexible attitude towards dress code in order to promote productivity. However, most offices still enforce a strict dress code. The tie and suit can often distract you and keep you from getting comfortable, thereby negatively affecting your productivity. Not to mention the trouble of getting ready every morning.
When you work from home, your daily commute is limited to walking from the bed to your desk in the home office. This way you manage to save on commute costs and time. The time you would have spent battling the peak hour traffic or in the public transport can be spent working. That’s at least an hour of your time in a day.
Balancing the Professional and Personal Life
Many professionals often find that their work hours keep them from spending enough time with family and friends. This often leads to discontentment on the part of both the employee and their family. On the other hand, when you work from home, there is no such issue. You can better manage both your work and personal lives.
As mentioned before, not everything is perfect when it comes to working from home. Working in an office puts you in an ideal position to interact and learn from colleagues and other professionals. That is a great opportunity to learn from others and acquire new skills. Such opportunities are rather limited when you work from home.
Working from home comes with a lot of freedom. However, there is a thin line between creating a balance between your professional and personal lives, and simply procrastinating. Without a boss to report to, or an office culture where a suitable environment for working in is created, it is easy to slack off. Without personal discipline, it is easy to put off responsibilities until you are no longer working from home. Instead, you are just procrastinating and wasting time at home.
An office culture comes with lots of distractions and pressures. There is a constant pressure to perform well and to stand out from amongst the other employees. Add to this all the office politics and the skills required to navigate the office culture, makes working in an office a tall order. However, when working at home, most of these pressures and stresses are removed.
When you work in an office, you are already in a position to make new contacts, talk to other professionals, and find out about new opportunities. However, when you work from home, you need to struggle constantly in order to find new opportunities, make new contacts, and land clients.
Bio: Ibtehaj writes for New Horizons Abu Dhabi, a computer training center that also offers online courses. You can consider taking graphic design or web development courses if you are interesting in work from home jobs.