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Jan 18, 2019 17:34:32

Some Pros and Cons of Working From Home

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I work for a 100% remote company, so we don't have an office to go to (even if I wanted to). Here's a quick look at some of the pros and cons of this type of setup


PROS

No Commute

This means no traffic, no gas expense, no time wasted in the car.

Work From Anywhere

I don't have to just stay in my house. I can technically travel and work from anywhere in the world. Or, just Starbucks down the street. 

Benefits to My Family

I get to drop my son off at pre-school, I can see him during my workday as he's at home with his nanny, I can easily attend school performances and because my wife also works from home I get to see her all the time :)

I Can Wear Whatever I Want

Not only do I not have to wear business or business casual attire, but I can also work from a bathrobe if I want.


CONS

No In-Person Connection

I do see my co-workers several times a year, but there's no daily interaction amongst the team. We do have video calls on a regular basis, which definitely helps, but it's not quite the same as being in-person.

All the Distractions of Home

Sure, working from home is great but with that comes all of the distractions and temptations. There's always something to be done around the house, so it's easy to think to yourself "oh, I'll just do this little chore" and then hours later you find yourself sucked in far deeper than you anticipated. Or if kids/spouses are around, they tend to be a distraction (a good one, but still...).

Can Lead to a Sedentary Lifestyle

Because I don't have to get into a car and drive to an office, it can be easy to live a pretty sedentary life. At least when you work in an office, you tend to walk around that office and maybe go out to lunch with co-workers. 


I'M SURE THERE ARE OTHERS

This is far from an exhaustive list. I'm sure I'll think of other pros/cons after I hit publish. But I'm approaching 375 words and it's the last night of my work retreat so I'm gonna cut it short.





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