Advantages and Disadvantages of Remote Work

Until recently, the form of remote work was for many people synonymous with a lack of productivity and efficiency. The epidemic situation in the world has led to a revolution and in a short period of time has shown the hitherto invisible advantages of remote working. Many companies in Poland, which before the pandemic did not offer employees such a possibility, have switched to the mode of remote work, and experts indicate that thanks to this form of work you can reduce costs and increase efficiency in the company. 

As the saying goes, everything has two sides of the coin. There are professions that require the physical presence of employees. Remote work can also be problematic for the elderly or those unfamiliar with computer technology. However, we are at the moment when a new ‘generation Z’ is entering the job market, so everything indicates that the concept of home office will stay with us forever and we will never go back to the way things were before the pandemic. 

If you are interested in the topic of ‘Generation Z’ , we recommend you to read the article about the employees of the future – generation Z in the workplace.

For most IT-related workers, the overnight transition to working remotely was not a problem at all, but after so much time, many can not imagine going back to their offices entirely. According to The State of Remote Engineering 2022 report, more than 60% of IT specialists work completely remotely, and 75% of IT developers said they want to work remotely at least three days a week. But is it the right thing to do? Learn about the biggest pros and cons of remote work! 😊

Advantages of remote work

Advantages of remote work:

1. Freedom and flexible working hours

The employee has more freedom of action. You don’t have to work under a strict time frame, you can take a lunch break at any time, or go out for a short walk. You can also work from home or from anywhere on Earth, where you have access to a high-speed Internet connection. It doesn’t matter that you work from home at your desk, sit on a park bench, or sunbathe on a Caribbean beach. However, you should remember to take into account any time differences. 😀

2. Time and money saving

For many people, this is one of the biggest advantages. You don’t have to get up a few hours earlier and spend extra time commuting to-and-from work, and as a result, you don’t waste money on tickets or fuel. You don’t have to worry about road conditions, traffic jams and potential delays. All you have to do is turn on your computer at the right time and log into the system.

3. More time for the family

When you need to take care of a family member, such as a child, a disabled person, or a sick person, remote work can be a good option. The same goes for you. If you often fall ill, suffer from chronic illnesses, or have any other health problems, remote work can allow you to perform your duties right from your home.

4. Focus and efficiency

When you do your work at home, it is not disturbed by conversations with colleagues, phone noise or the sound of tapping on the keyboard by a dozen people. You can work all day in silence, peace and above all in full concentration. Based on the latest research conducted by Catalyst, access to remote work increases innovation by 63%, work engagement by 75%, organizational engagement by 68%, in addition to improving employee well-being and productivity.

5. More job offers and a global village

It may happen that there was no dream job offer in your area, and those that suit you best were found many kilometers away from your home. By working remotely, you have the opportunity to get a job in companies not only in Poland, but also around the world!

Disadvantages of remote work:

1. Lack of direct contact with other employees

We spend a large part of our lives at work, so the atmosphere there is very important and strongly affects us. The lack of physical contact and integration with colleagues from the office, resulting from remote working can be problematic for many people. According to research conducted by hrstandard.pl, as many as 44% of respondents indicated that it is the limited contact with colleagues and alienation that is the biggest disadvantage of remote work.

2. Distraction and maintaining work-life balance

Separating your work and personal life becomes more difficult when your dining room table becomes your work desk and you start sending morning emails directly from your bed. Your home should be a place of rest and relaxation, not a reminder of your business problems, so you need to set clear boundaries to avoid health problems – both physical and mental. The best ways to set such boundaries are to separate a special room and designate it as a locked office space. It is also a good idea to separate business and personal devices (laptop, phone). However, if we do not have such an opportunity, it is worth logging out of all platforms necessary for work after working hours, so that during free time we do not receive notifications about tasks and problems in the company.

3. A new level of work organization

By working from home you constantly have to maintain self-discipline and plan the course of each day. You have to organize your work to be efficient and show your superiors that you can be just as effective working from home as you can be in an office setting.

4. Home distractions 

When you work remotely, you may be distracted by things like cleaning the apartment, making dinner, noisy family members, a neighbor drilling into the wall, or even the mailman banging on the door. Such situations do happen, but we are all humans and noise from behind the wall during an online meeting should not surprise anyone. It is very helpful to work with headphones. You should also remember to take care of private matters outside of working hours.

5. Organizing your home office

In order to be able to work in a focused manner, you need to organize a place to work remotely. A separate room in your home, which will serve as your home office, will help you with that. This will make it easier to maintain the work-life balance mentioned above. However, if you can’t find such a room in your apartment and there is no space for a regular desk, effective work can be very difficult and tiring.

Summary

Remote work has as many advantages and disadvantages as working in an office. Effective remote work requires knowledge of yourself, your predispositions, expectations and abilities. Everyone should approach this mode of work individually and develop their own habits.A good compromise may be a hybrid work, which consists of working partly remotely and partly stationary. According to a report by the Future Business Institute, 42% of companies are predicted to increase remote working once the pandemic is over, but will not introduce it completely. Both remote and onsite work have their pros and cons. However, the advantages of working from home prove that you should definitely not be afraid of it. It all depends on our approach. 😊