More and more companies are allowing their employees to work remotely and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. But even though there are many pros of telecommuting, this practice also has its cons.
Companies all over the country are seeing a growing tendency towards remote working, and with the global pandemic, more industries are adopting this work method to preserve their productivity. But what exactly is telecommuting?
Telecommuting means that an employee has a flexible work arrangement that allows them to work remotely for home, sometimes every working day, sometimes almost every day. This way, they rarely have to commute to work, if they have to at all. Telecommuting is the so-called ‘remote work’.
And even though almost every worker has, at some point, dreamt with this idea, there are some downsides to this practice. Let’s see the pros and cons of telecommuting:
-No commute: This is an advantage not only money-wise, but also time-wise. Data from the American Community Survey shows that Americans spend, on average, 27.1 minutes commuting each way every day, for a total of 200 hours. So telecommuting will save you loads of time and, also, gas money.
-Flexibility: Working remotely allows you to organize your daily activities in any way that suits you best, just as long as you keep your productivity level. Telecommuting gives you a lot of flexibility to organize and accomplish all your work and personal tasks the way you want.
-Isolation: even though working in an office can be less time effective because there are more opportunities to get distracted with co-workers, telecommuting can get lonely sometimes. According to the State of Remote Work Report, the main struggle for telecommuters was isolation.
-Communication: despite all the means of communications that are available in this day and age, this can still be a challenge for teams working together. Not spending time in the office with co-workers can affect team-building and, therefore, it’s hard on business relationships. Video calls are a good option, but they too require people getting used to the timing and conversation flow, which is very different from the one you can have face-to-face.
Telecommuting, though, is full of benefits both for employees and employers and just by making the correct adjustments, it results in better work conditions for everyone while saving time and money.