Working Remotely: Benefits and Challenges

As the world shifts to a predominantly remote workforce(aside from essential employees, of course) during the COVID-19 health crisis, employeesare adjusting to a learning curve when it comes to working from home.

Employees across all industries are learning there arebenefits and challenges to working remotely and companies have set employees upwith the tools they need to succeed when working at home. Here are somebenefits and challenges people might find when working remotely.  

Benefits of Remote Working

Flexibility

There is a flexibility to working from home that isn’t really foundwhen one is in the office. People are free to take breaks, go for walks, orhave a snack at any time during the day. You have the option to take a callfrom your deck or check your emails on the porch. It is also easier to startworking earlier to get a jump on the day or to work later once others have loggedoff for the day.

No office distractions

It can be nice to have co-workers to talk to during the day,but it can easily become distracting to stop and have conversations. Whenworking from home, there are fewer distractions to take you away from work andit can be easier to concentrate. With fewer interruptions, you’ll find yourproductivity will increase.

No commute time

In the United States, the averageone-way commute time is 26.1 minutes. For those commuting to a full-timejob five days a week, this adds up to more than 4 hours a week and over 200hours (nearly nine days) spent getting to and from work. Working from homeeliminates your commute, saving you invaluable time and allowing you time to doother things.

Money savings

It is easy to spend unnecessary money every day when goinginto the office. You might stop for coffee or pick up a quick breakfast on theway to work. Others purchase lunch or go out with colleagues for lunch. Theseseemingly small purchases all add up and are virtually eliminated when you workremotely.

Comfortable clothes

There is no dress code when you are working from your home.You might be accustomed to wearing a business suit or tie to work. There isn’ta need for business casual attire when you are logging in from your couch orhome office. Dressing in comfortable clothing is a nice perk of remote working.

Challenges of Remote Working

Technology issues

Weak internet connections and equipment issues should notprevent you from remaining productive when working remotely. Working from homeis relatively new territory for many people and when a technology issue arises,it’s beneficial to have your MSP partner at the ready.

Keeping your routine

Without having to commute to the office or dress in businessattire, it can be easy to get away from your everyday routine. It’s importantto continue to do the things you always do when getting ready for work. Keep yourroutine – shower, work out, get dressed – whatever it is your normally do tostick to your schedule.

Missing important calls

You need to be available when working from home, just as youare when you are in the office. Keep your phone with you and the volume up sothat you don’t miss important calls or requests. Stay logged into chat andmessaging apps so co-workers can reach you.

Loneliness

Though you might find you are more productive without thedistractions of co-workers, you also might find you are lonely without them. Remoteworking can lead to feelings of being disconnected so it is important to checkin and communicate with colleagues regularly.

There are benefits and drawbacks of working remotely andyour success will largely depend upon how you adjust to your new workenvironment. MSPs are an invaluable partner to businesses navigating uncertaintimes. AJTC stands ready to create and implement solutions to best meet acompany’s needs. Learn more about AJTC hereor call 708.942.8200.

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