Explore the Pros and Cons of Remote Work in 2023 | Considering a remote work arrangement?
Until a few short years ago, the idea of working remotely was firmly planted in “must be nice” territory for most employees, with only 20% of those whose jobs could be done remotely actually working from home.
Fast-forward to the post-pandemic landscape of 2023, and remote work has become the new normal.
But, as many employees are fast discovering, remote work arrangements have their pros and cons. It’s worth considering both before deciding what works best for you!
Greater flexibility. You may find that your daily life is easier to manage when you’re not beholden to a fixed schedule. You can book doctor’s appointments as needed, eat when you’re hungry, and even work around your kids’ schedules, if necessary.
No more commuting. There is no longer any need to spend precious time commuting to and from the office. This also means that expenses like gas, parking spots, and public transit are a thing of the past.
Comfort. It may be easier to get comfortable, both physically and mentally, in your own space.
Less expensive. In addition to saving on commutes, you’ll spend less money on food, coffee, and diverting errands overall, simply because you’re not out and about.
Work-life balance challenges. It may be difficult to separate work hours from non-work hours when you constantly see reminders of your work (i.e., computer, printouts, reports, etc.).
Disconnectedness. Even with Zoom calls galore, it’s easy to feel isolated, which may make the purpose of your work seem abstract.
Less inspiring. A dearth of in-person collaborations can result in less creativity, lower motivation, and a waning interest in the work at hand.
Distractions. Let’s face it: you’re surrounded by your usual household distractions—temptations like the TV, or diversions like the basket of laundry just waiting to be folded and put away.
Relationship strain. If your significant other also happens to work from home, the lack of space and time apart can place strain on even the best of relationships.
Lack of boundaries. If your boss is a micromanager, their lack of boundaries may be particularly stressful in a remote work scenario.
Unreliable tech. With no dedicated IT staff, you may experience a lack of much-needed tech support, which can add to your workload.
Want to go remote? Be sure to ask yourself the following questions first:
- What are your reasons for wanting to work remotely?
- Do you have the discipline to manage your workload alone?
- Would working alone every day work for you?
- Do you possess the skills and experience employers look for in remote employees?
Once you have answers, you’ll be that much better equipped to transition into the work arrangement best-suited to your needs and goals—be it in-person, remote, or hybrid.
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