Working From Home: For Better Or For Worse

As the workforce is evolving to catch up with rapidly developing technology, and office spaces are attempting to become more environmentally and economically friendly, working from home has become an appealing solution for employees and employers. More and more workers are taking advantage of efficient technology and choosing to work from home, but few consider all the resources at their disposal before setting up their home office. This said, while the thought of working from your couch is certainly tempting, there are a variety of factors to consider before making the transition.

Pros:

Aside from working exclusively in comfy clothes, there are many obvious appeals to working from home. You can set your own hours, work when you’re most productive, in a space where you feel comfortable and confident. There’s complete autonomy over how you want to spend your day, without the stress of a commute to work, or the hustle and bustle of a potentially very busy office. There’s the option to choose what you want your work environment to look (or sound like), crafting your chosen workplace to suit your individual, professional needs.

Cons:

Although working from home may seem ideal, there are some unspoken disadvantages to take into consideration. Seemingly lovely perks, like setting your own schedule, also mean maintaining your focus in a realm of distractions and keeping your productivity levels up without support from your coworkers. Further, difficulties focusing can be accompanied with anxiety about one’s worth as an employee, and pressure to make oneself available at all hours of the day, so as to appear busy. The “out of sight, out of mind” mentality can result in loneliness, which can eventually lead to career burnout. There is a lot to juggle, with little of the support that coworkers, a set routine, and a communal space provide, leaving many once optimistic workers feeling isolated and defeated.

So, is there a way to have the best of both worlds? To take part in the growing trend of working remotely, while also maintaining a supportive, productive, and functional environment? Avoiding isolation will make the transition all the easier, especially if you’re choosing to work in a motivational, supportive space. Coworking is the “healthy medium” between working from home and working in a traditional office space. It offers the flexibility of working remotely, but you’ll be working amongst other professionals, providing the support, encouragement and motivation that a traditional workplace offers. In short, coworking offers all the benefits of working from home, without isolation and distractions, and the added benefit of being a part of a supportive community.  You’ll become acquainted with likeminded professionals who offer unique networking opportunities, and personal and professional support. Coworking offers you an environment that separates work from home, but offers the option to blur those lines, should you so choose. It combats isolation, offers free coffee, and still has a positive impact environmentally and economically

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