7. It’s sometimes difficult for us to maintain life-work balance.
While working at home may elicit “Aww man, lucky!”s from all of your friends, there are downsides too. For one, it’s difficult to ever get away from work if your job is right there in your bedroom or living room. I’ve had tons of problems with this issue (living in a studio apartment doesn’t help matters much), but I think the key is defining clearly which spaces are for work, rest and play. For instance, despite what I joked about earlier in this article, I never work from bed because I like to make sure I don’t perceive my bed as a workzone. That way when I am ready to hit the hay at the end of the day, my brain understands that it’s time to go to sleep, not time to do more work.
8. A lot of times we’re actually busier because people can’t see what we’re doing.
Another negative about working at home is that no one can see you. As I mentioned before, this is a plus in some ways since you don’t have to comb your hair or get dressed but it can work to your disadvantage as well. At a regular office, your co-workers and boss can physically see the stacks of work on your desk or whether you’re busy at work or just twiddling your thumbs. Do lazy co-workers still try to dump their work on you even though they see you’ve got plenty already? Yes probably. But your more conscientious work buddies will at least try to take into account that you’ve got a ton on your plate. In a work at home situation, you really have to let it be known that you’re working on something already and cannot take on another task because as far as your boss can see – well, they can’t see anything at all unless you tell them. My point here is that working from home does take an extra level of communication to run smoothly at times since there is the barrier that visual aids/clues are pretty much eliminated.
9. Our numbers are growing.
Good news for you if working from home sounds like it would be up your alley. According to Forrester Research, about 63 million U.S. workers will count themselves as telecommuters by 2016.
10. There are actually a lot of benefits for companies letting their employees work from home so if your boss hasn’t warmed up to the idea yet, be sure to send her/him this article!
Here are just a few reasons why your employer might want to let you work at home:
- As I mentioned above, you can be just as productive if not more so at home as long as your employer outlines desired deliverables and a deadline.
- Allowing employees to work from home could attract better talent to a company even if the other benefits you’re offering aren’t as sweet.
- Unlike other benefits, allowing your employees to telecommute is practically free.
- Many employees who work at home supply their own computer, software and pretty much everything else which is a money saver for employers.
- Employees who telecommute call out sick a lot less because they can usually work from bed if they have a simple cold.
- If your whole company telecommutes, you don’t have to pay any rent = major $$$ savings.
- Happier employees = better employees = less turnover = more profits.