The Pros and Cons of Working from Home vs. The Office

19 June 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home vs. The Office

Working from home has become the new ‘normal’ for many of us but it can bring with it differing opinions on whether it has its benefits or downsides. Read on to find out how the ‘working from home’ life is affecting employees.

Productivity

Just like many people learn differently, they work differently too. Working from home can prove to be more productive for various reasons. These include having no commute to work (a time-saver), no distracting colleagues, and just the comfort of being in one’s own space.

These can, however, be the very reasons one might find it a difficult environment to work in. Everyone’s living situations differ so what might be a quiet space for some, could be a full house to others – especially during school holidays. So, the opportunity to get out of the house and into a work environment could prove beneficial.  

Having said that, it also gives you the ability to bounce ideas off co-workers and collaborate. This not only boosts morale but can improve the results of the work being completed.

Pros

  • No commuting, allowing more time dedicated to work
  • No distracting employees
  • Being in the comfort of your own home

Cons

  • Less access to a quiet space
  • Bouncing ideas off co-workers could be challenging
  • No morale-boosting environment 

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Ergonomics

Ergonomics are implemented in every workplace to ensure the health and safety of its workers. This is not only limited to ergonomic furniture but also taking regular breaks throughout the day.

This doesn’t mean your home has to be any different. Although it may be an added cost, having to purchase these products means you can customise your office space with items that work for you.

Pros

  • Customize your office space
  • More work flexibility
  • Reduction in work absence

Cons

  • Limited ergonomic furniture
  • More likely to snack throughout the day and so less likely to have a proper lunch
  • Being tempted to turning your couch into a workstation

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Mental health

Mental health plays a major role regardless of whether you’re in a workplace or working from home.

Stress and anxiety can go either way. A noisy household is a very hard place to maintain concentration. This can result in added pressure to meet deadlines. Accompanied by a lack of interaction, with not only co-workers but even the friendly face at the local café, it can be a lonely place. As well as this, being able to ‘switch off’ once you leave the office, enables you to take a mental break from work with a change of scenery.

On the flip side, having some distance from a stressful environment or disruptive co-workers can be beneficial to your stress levels. 

Pros

  • Distance from a stressful environment
  • Distance from disruptive co-workers
  • Save on expenses

Cons

  • Noisy households can make it hard to maintain concentration
  • Lack of interaction with co-workers can make you feel lonely
  • Challenging to ‘switch off’ as you don’t leave the office when working from home

Manage the Pros & Cons as Best as You Can

There are many pros and cons to working from home vs the office and what works for some, might not work for others. 

During these times, we don’t often have a lot of say in where we can work or if at all. So, the most important thing to remember is to be aware of both the pros and cons that come with working from home or the office and manage them as best you can.

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