“She’s so lucky! She gets to stay at home and work!” Someone once remarked to me how (wink! wink!) he knew “all about working at home.” I do not believe, however, most workforce employees comprehend the dedication, motivation, resourcefulness and diligent efforts that go into “working at home“.
Sure, there are some who have “arrived” at a place in life where they are not obligatory to have constant “hands on”; and may even have a laissez-faire attitude about how much time they can or will dedicate to the tasks at hand. In most cases, however, it is imperative that you effectively pace yourself to complete a set of daily tasks to be successful in achieving goals.
5 Pros to “Working at Home”
1. Carbon footprint. Not only do you save $$ in your wallet, but by not commuting to and from work, you are also conserving energy and reducing harmful gas emissions. That means that you are reducing your carbon footprint and playing an important part in saving the planet. For example: If you have a medium sized car that averages 20-30 mpg and you drive 120 miles roundtrip to work; and you merely reduce your onsite work week by just one day, were you aware that you will preserve five tons of CO2 and cut greenhouse gas emissions by an equal amount annually? (Learn more here.)
2. Stress. Well…it really depends on your home office climate on how “stress-less” you will be. If it all goes well, you will not have to deal with interruptions or road warriors cutting you off enroot to the office. Of course you also will not have to face the brutal elements and the multiplied sounds of tick, tick, ticking of neighboring keyboards. At best, you can brew your own pot of Starbucks (which you do not have to share with others) and it’s always a plus being able to work in your pajamas!
5. Music! Not MUSAC, MUSIC! Okay … in most office environments you can plug in your iPod but then you are attached to a cord. At home, you can turn up the volume without disturbing anyone else around you. You know you want to listen loudly to “Mandy” by Barry Manilow, so let your hair down and knock your socks off!
The Cons of “Working at Home”
1.Thou shalt not have a free day away from work! Some folks may imagine you are having a FREE day to catch up on sleep, run errands, do chores, throw a party and visit the park while you’re at it… this could be further from the truth! Part of this con is learning how to get past the erroneous judgment of others who will certainly drive you insane with their bogus accusations of you having “free fun time”.
2. Staying motivated! Unless you have the mental capacity to focus on and COMPLETE your tasks, working at home is NOT for you. If you are one of those individuals who thinks he can put off today what he can do tomorrow, then punching a timecard is probably best for all intents and purposes.
3. Family and friends. “Oh, you’re at home this week???” That’s code for “We’re stopping by or we’ll call you for a long chit-chat.” Family is really good at this. It is automatically assumed that because you are not “physically” at work, that you are available and at their disposal. Rule of thumb: Lay down the law and REPEATEDLY remind these people that your work matters and that your work time is not negotiable.
4. Isolation. While being alone can be peaceful and give you the inspiration to create and finish various initiatives, it also can leave you feeling empty, disconnected and even lonely. You might be missing valuable brainstorming sessions or special guests, presentations or coworker communications.
5. Which brings me to “face time”. Nothing says collaboration and cooperation than when you are working holographically alongside your colleagues via “technommunication” (yes… I just made that word up!) … email, web chat or even webcam. The sky’s the limit in the world of modern technology so you do not have to be a stranger if you choose not to be!
All in all, the daunting task of “working at home” is not at all what it’s cracked up to be. It is not about partying and having all the time in the world to catch up with old pals, run a marathon, or create lavish dinner entrees. In fact, working at home is well… WORK. If you want to be successful, earn money, complete your objectives, build a flourishing monopoly of business contacts and a respectful reputation… you must never take advantage of just being at home for the sake of being at home. Yes, enjoy the pajamas, the pets, the solitude, the Starbucks’ coffee and Mandy (I know you’re humming it now…) but put your heart and mind behind productive efforts so no one can ever claim that you’re simply having “free time” away from work!
5 Pros and Cons to Working from Home
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