Work from home – Pros & Cons

work from home - pros & cons

Theme:

  • Due to COVID-19 pandemic, many companies allowed their employees to work from home (WFH). Some employees are happy with WFH option, but some are not comfortable with it. There are pros & cons with WFH option for both employees and companies.

Advantages for Employees:

  • Travel time to and from the office will be saved.
  • They can spend more time with family. This is beneficial for many especially for parents of young children.
  • Even in modern times, women are expected to take care of home and children. With this responsibility, several women are forced to leave their jobs. The rise in WFH culture is a boon for them. With this more women can join in jobs again.
  • The location will not be a barrier. Employees can get a job, even if the office is located in another city.
  • If they want to get to know their office and colleagues better, they can attend the office at regular intervals like once a week.

Disadvantages for Employees:

  • The line between work and home will be blurred. In general, employees leave work tensions at office and come home to relax. But this opportunity will be lost and it may cause anxiety. If work and personal life are not balanced well, work will extend to longer hours. This can create WFH burnout.
  • Employees have to set up a work environment at home, which will incur extra expense. Even then, some people may not focus on work due to the lack of a professional atmosphere.
  • Some companies are giving so much work just because their employees are working from home.
  • Teamwork is a bit difficult while working from home.
  • Working from home from a long periods of time can hamper social and interpersonal skills.
  • Continuously staying at home may make some people feel isolated.
  • For some people, setting up office space at home may not be an option due to lack of extra space in the home.
  • Some jobs may require employees to be online during work hours and the continuous power supply may not be available to many.
  • It can be difficult to establish connections with new colleagues because the opportunity to meet and talk with them during coffee breaks will be lost.

Advantages for Companies:

  • Less expense for office maintenance.
  • Can hire talented people, even if they reside in another city.
  • Employees may not ask for much leaves.

Disadvantages for Companies:

  • Training new staff can be tough with all the employees working from home.
  • Have to deal with WFH specific challenges like information security and hacking of video calls etc.
  • It’s difficult to monitor work from home employees.
  • It’s hard to establish connections among employees.

Conclusion:

Even though work from home culture is on the rise due to COVID-19 situation, work from home opportunities will increase in number to adapt to the changing times. With time, companies and employees will take steps to reduce the disadvantages.
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12 comments

  1. In every field work from home are not possible like automobile, pharmaceutical and refinery sectors because lots of work on field not on system. Before lockdown after lockdown there are some field they not provide WFH because it’s not possible. Every Topic have pros and cons and this topic have already, WFH are good for some field and they enjoyed this time period with there family and celebrate all festivals.

  2. In my opinion WFH is not too good.In this pandemic we all are living with our family which gives us happiness but at the same time it lacks professionalism .Many of us are not living in that type of environment where every one can understand these all things and if we are working whole day ,somewhere it also kept us isolated .The conclusion is that we are living in our house but neither it gives relaxation nor it creates the perfect working environment .

  3. According to me work at home is very good for us because of vivid pandemic. Everything we are doing official work at home where as conveyance is not available as well as we don’t need to spend money to go to office. We work at home as well as take care of our family where elderly people and children are staying with us. In our laptop, mobile we are sharing everything and doing our official job. In this pandemic situation somehow we have been working at home and getting my remuneration.

  4. WHF is in boom due to pandemic situation, it has several advantages but it lacks in the very basic area , it affects productivity of work. When we go to office though we spend some time on travelling but on reaching we are in a working environment and it is very necessary for mostly all to give their best at their work which i guess lack when we are in home. And switching of mind between work and home is very necessary for an individual in WHM this line gets somewhat blur and office tensions may reflect at home which can create family problem.

  5. According to me nowadays the pandemic situation all over the world forced us to work from home. But work from home there are pros and cons. First of all we go to office physically we work concentrately because that time there is no family hazardous and we know we have come to office within specified time we have to complete our work but when work from home we can’t concentrate properly because of for women household chores and for man also may be feeling lazy or any other problem as a result ens of the day we don’t get maximum output but time spend . We go to office it is taking time but work from home we can save our time as well as we don’t need to face any conveyance problem in this present time. But we work office it is different feeling and work from home it is different feeling because of office other staffs are there but house we have to work alone.

    1. Welcome back Tinku! That’s right. Many employees feel more productive in a professional work environment.

  6. The productivity of a person person reduces immensly in work from home.
    The social life of the professional is totally lost.
    With companies give too much of work and ther is no limit to office hours in work from home the stress level is too much.
    People cant be always connected due to internet problem.
    The internet companies are charging heft amout for internet plans which will be difficult for the people who already have financial problems.

  7. Work from Home is the demand of current challenging times but it always will be a second option to physically going to an office. The physical interaction cannot compete with the digital one. There are connectivity issues online but offline, people just talk and connect. The office already shares a work atmosphere, thus productivity is increased there. Also, while working in an office space, a person moves either to submit a report or talk to a colleague. But, work from home gives one the luxury of sitting at just one place and managing work from there. Sitting for such long hours can result in issues like back pain. So, work from home may be a favourable option now because of the hard times we live in but it is a compromise.

  8. WHF is suitable for those who have wifi facility in their hometown.it has some pros and cons.No need to travel from here to there.time will be saved.At this pandemic time it is ver much better to stay at home and work from home.

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