6 Pros and Cons of Remote Work

By Marina Krivonossova on September 9, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a major change for many companies as it opened the door to remote working. While remote working was the norm for many organizations prior to the pandemic, even more adopted the remote working model after the pandemic showed them the benefits that come with it. However, remote work isn’t for everyone, and it doesn’t come without its share of downsides. Whether you’re an advocate or critic of remote working, I want to talk about 6 pros and cons of this model.

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PRO #1: No commute. For many people, this means saving a whole lot of time and money that they can now dedicate towards other things. This also means that when you log off from work at the end of the day, you’re really done with work. You can go on a walk, work out, spend time with family, watch TV – whatever you please – all without taking the time to commute back to your house through the crowds and traffic.

PRO #2: Working in comfort. Business on top, party on the bottom – that’s the classic outfit for a day of remote working! Since you’re not at the office, you don’t have to worry about wearing uncomfortable clothing throughout the day. Nobody knows if you’re wearing nice slacks or pajama bottoms. Nobody can tell if you’re decked out in sleek high heels or rocking some fluffy socks. Comfort is an unbeatable pro of working remotely.

PRO #3: Building a work schedule that’s productive for you. When you’re in the office, you’re much more confined to that strict workspace than you are at home (or in the spot of your choice). Your breaks tend to be more limited, and there’s not as much freedom to move around. When you’re working remotely, it’s different. Want to spend the morning working from the balcony, and then move to a cafe after lunch? Do it! Want to work from bed for a few hours because you’re feeling unwell, and then migrate to your home office later in the day? Make it happen! Go on a jog between meetings. Do some yoga during lunch. When you’re working remotely, you have the freedom to make it all happen.

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CON #1: No socializing with colleagues. When you’re working remotely, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re working alone. Regardless, you’re missing out on socializing with colleagues when you’re not there with them at the office. A lot of people consider this a con of remote work, as they miss out on making friends at work, engaging in fun little coffee chats, and catching up on life with work friends during lunch breaks.

CON #2: Higher bills for gas, water, electricity, etc. Bet you didn’t think of this one, eh? I sure didn’t until I started working from home! Keep in mind that working remotely from home also means that you’ll be spending more money on bills (for things like gas, water, and electricity), as that’s just the result of being at home more often. However, this one’s avoidable if you opt to work remotely from a co-working space, a cafe, or another spot outside your own home.

CON#3: More distractions. Some people might feel more distracted when they’re working outside the office, just because they don’t feel like they’re in an established workspace. They might be more likely to be distracted by the TV, books, their cat, their own bed, and everything else around them that they don’t usually have access to in the traditional office work environment.

At the end of the day, there’s no “one size fits all” approach to work that’ll be perfect for every single person out there. Each of us has to decide for ourselves whether the pros of remote work outweigh the cons, and then pursue a job that supports the kind of work model that works best for us as individuals. What kind of work model is your preference?

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