There are many advantages and disadvantages to remote working. Some of the pros include having a more flexible schedule, being able to work from anywhere in the world, and not having to commute.
However, some of the cons can include feeling isolated from colleagues, difficulty concentrating, and potential distractions at home.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages of remote working after 2 years of being a remote worker/WFH arrangement at cafés, hotel lobbies, by the pool, and even on a cruise trip!
Remote Working: Cons
Communication, collaboration & context
Often words don’t translate well through text, leading to miscommunications and misunderstandings.
Timezone differences also play a big factor in collaboration – it can be difficult to find mutually convenient times for calls or video conferences. This can lead to frustration on both ends, as well as a feeling of isolation for remote workers.
Since remote working arrangements often rely heavily on video calls, there can be a lot of ‘meeting fatigue’.
This is the feeling of being burnt out from too many meetings, which can lead to decreased productivity and motivation.
Tech learning curve
There can be a steep learning curve when it comes to new remote working tools and technologies. This can be frustrating for workers, as they may not have the time or patience to learn how to use them properly.
This creates a lot of friction regarding productivity and can lead to even more meeting fatigue.
Blue Light Exposure
Since remote workers are often staring at screens for long periods of time, they can be exposed to a lot of blue light. This can cause eye strain, headaches, and difficulty sleeping.
Remote workers are often working from home, they may not have access to an ergonomic work setup. This can lead to back pain, neck pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Boredom & Loneliness
Remote workers can often feel isolated from their colleagues, which can lead to boredom and loneliness. This can be a big problem for introverts or people who thrive on social interaction.
We often work from home, there can be a lot of distractions. This can include things like children, pets, spouses, and roommates.
It can also include household chores, TV, and social media. All of these distractions can lead to decreased productivity and motivation.
Remote Working: Pros
One of the biggest advantages of remote working is that it offers a more flexible schedule. This can be great for people who want to work around other commitments or who prefer to work at odd hours.
Avoiding Rush Hour
Another big advantage of remote working is that it can help you avoid rush hour. This is especially beneficial for people who live in big cities and have to deal with a lot of traffic.
Remote working can also help you save money. This is because you won’t have to spend money on things like gas, parking, or public transportation.
You may also be able to save money on things like food and clothes.
Remote working can offer a better work-life balance. This is because you’ll have more control over your time and you won’t have to commute.
This can lead to less stress and more free time to enjoy your hobbies and spend time with family and friends.
Despite what some people may think, remote working can actually lead to increased productivity. This is because there are fewer distractions and you can create a work environment that suits your needs.
Improved Mental Health
remote working can also improve your mental health. This is because you’ll have more control over your environment and you won’t have to deal with a lot of office politics.
You may also find that you have more time to exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep.
Work from Anywhere
Another big advantage of remote working is that it allows you to work from anywhere in the world. Personally I love working from cafes and hotels, I even worked from a cruise recently!