Ready to work from home permanently?
Remote working, also known as working from home, has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent report by Employment Hero, 40% of New Zealand knowledge workers have embraced a hybrid working arrangement, and 21% work remotely all the time. With the same report also showing that 81% of New Zealand knowledge workers would consider working remotely permanently from now on, remote working is very much still on the rise.
If you’re considering taking a fully remote role, there are plenty of great things about working from home, but also some potential downsides to consider before you get too comfortable with the idea of being in your PJs all day. Here are some of the key pros and cons of remote working:
• Flexibility: Remote working offers greater flexibility in terms of work hours and location, which can allow for a better work-life balance, family arrangements, or travelling.
• Productivity & autonomy: Remote workers may experience higher productivity and autonomy due to fewer distractions and more control over their work environment – working in trackpants rather than a suit!
• Cost savings & reduced carbon footprint: Remote workers can save money on commuting, work attire, and food expenses, likely resulting in a higher take-home pay than their office worker counterparts.
• Improved health & reduced stress: Remote workers have the flexibility to take breaks and engage in physical activity throughout the day, which can lead to improved physical and mental health, and reduced stress levels.
• Time back: Without the commute, remote workers can sometimes save up to two hours in their day!
• Isolation: Remote workers may feel isolated from their colleagues and the wider company culture, which can lead to feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
• Communication challenges: Remote workers may face communication challenges with colleagues and managers, such as misinterpretation of messages or difficulty in establishing personal connections.
• Lack of supervision: Remote workers may lack the necessary supervision and support, which can lead to a lack of motivation and accountability.
• Distractions: Remote workers may face distractions at home, such as family members, pets, or household chores, which can impact productivity.
• Technology challenges: Remote workers rely heavily on technology, and technical issues such as internet outages or computer malfunctions can disrupt work.
Overall, remote working can offer many benefits, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. It's important to carefully consider these factors before deciding whether remote working is the right fit for you.