More and more Americans are now trading their office cubicles for a place on the couch or the kitchen table. Working from home has its advantages but is also has its share of drawbacks. You miss out on day-to-day office camaraderie, meetings and team building programs that are eagerly anticipated by employees.
Many professionals are opting for work from home (WFH) because of the innovations in mobile and remote connectivity. According to 2017 State of Telecommunicating report by Flexjobs and Global Workplace Analytics instead of reporting to the office, 3.9 million US employees prefers to work from home. WFH is ideal for people who have difficulty concentrating in a public space.
Some people work better from home because there are fewer distractions. According to Jimmy Carroll, Partner and Director at TetraVX, a company that specializes in the management and creation of collaborative technologies, WFH depends on the personality of the individual and whether or not he can perform his job and stay productive in a relaxed environment.
However, not all companies allow WFH because the position may require the employee to be physically present at the office. Some employees may not possess the desirable work ethics to be able to work outside the office. A successful WFH is heavily dependent on the personality of the individual and whether he can stay productive in a more relaxed environment.
There are certainly perks with WFH like time and money is saved because you do not have to commute to work. There is no boss and you get to choose where you want your office to be for the day. However, WFH has its share of distractions like easy access to the TV, kids playing and household chores waiting to be finished. If you work in the bedroom, the bed is an irresistible temptation.
Even if you have chosen to work for home, there is no reason why you cannot join team building programs that are sponsored by the company. It is just a matter of putting in a request so that you can be physically present in the fun and challenges. Even if you work from home, it does not require sacrificing friendships.