While there are many benefits with working from home, there are also some drawbacks as well. In some cases, the advantages may become disadvantages. For example, some employees do well with the freedom to set their own schedule. Other employees find it hard to focus on work when they are not limited by traditional work hours.
If you are not good at motivating yourself, it is much easier to procrastinate when you are working from home instead of an office. Some employees have the opposite problem, where they focus too much on work. At first, this may seem like a benefit. However, these employees often burn themselves out because they bury themselves in their work.
Additionally, it becomes harder for these employees to separate their professional and personal lives, which causes additional stress.
Another drawback with working from home is limited communication. This is less of an issue in 2020 and 2021 than previous years, thanks to improvements with real time communication software, such as Zoom and Skype. While these are helpful programs, it is not always viable to use for long periods.
With larger companies, managers often have limited time to spare for individually speaking to employees, so instructions may get rushed, or it is difficult to get clarification when questions arise.
Most communication takes place over email, which can lead to more confusion or misunderstandings. For this reason, it is always good to be proactive and ask questions when you are working from home.
Additionally, if you set your own schedule, your work hours may be different than your manager’s, so you end up waiting several hours for a response.
If you are someone who is easily distracted, you may find that working from home comes with too many distractions, especially if you have a family with young children. However, other employees may find that a traditional workplace setting, like an office, comes with even more distractions than a home environment.
Finally, some employees, especially those who live alone, feel a sense of isolation because they do not have the social interaction they used to get from a workplace environment.
So it is up to you to consider the benefits and potential drawbacks of working from home. Keep in mind that these benefits and drawbacks will not be experienced by everyone. It will depend on other factors such as your industry and company, along with personal factors like your personality, ability to stay focused, family size, home environment and more.