Is Working From Home Full-Time For You?
By Anush Pervez
Back in March, COVID-19 dramatically changed the working world resulting in a huge increase of employees working from home.
Fast forward five months to August 2020 and we can see a rise in employees returning to their workplace, however a large amount of employees remain working from home.
Remote working has been on the rise even before the pandemic began with an estimated 30% of the UK workforce working from home in 2019. This figure has certainly increased over the past few months and certain people are beginning to wonder if working from home could suit them permanently.
Do you prefer remote working to office-based work?
If the pandemic has provided you with your first experience of working from home for an extended period of time and you’re enjoying it, you may find that you’d like to carry on this way. Perhaps you feel more productive working from home or maybe you’re saving a fortune on commuting and parking? Either way, remote working seems to be something that certain companies will permanently offer to their employees.
Things to think about before seeking a permanently remote role…
Although working from home has been new and exciting, being able to cope for a few months compared to being able to prosper full time are two different things.
Here are a few questions for you to ask yourself before considering a permanently remote working role.
1. Where do you work most productively?
Indeed, not having to wake up at the crack of dawn to commute and spending more time with your loved ones is very captivating. However, it is important to be honest with yourself when it comes to knowing where you work most productively; at home or in the office? Remote working is not ideal for everyone and requires a high level of self-control and discipline. Other factors are involved in this too, including the aspect of having physical interaction with others and socialising with colleagues on a day to day basis. Before making the decision, this is something you must address.
2. Where would you base yourself?
This is an important question, not only because you need to set up a space that meets your practical needs, but also for constructing a strategy for exactly how you will work remotely. It’s important to have a separate space/area that is not usually associated with leisure. Have you enough room to set up a permanent workspace for yourself? Will you work from a cafe some days? Will your environment be quiet enough to answer calls? Answers to these questions will help you to visualise exactly what it would be like to work from home.
3. How would you stay connected?
If you’re working from home full time without physical interaction, it may be hard to stay visible and have your contributions acknowledged. It is therefore important to stay active and connected to your team through the use of Google Hangout or Microsoft Teams.
Attending social events such as Christmas parties and team lunches is a great way to remain present and fully part of the team.
4. How will you ensure that you won’t over work yourself?
Evidence has shown that working from home has caused employees to over work. This may not come as a surprise due to having 24/7 hour access to your work and laptop. As well as this, inevitable home distractions may cause you to be less productive during the day, feeling the need to make up for it in the evenings. So if you think working from home full time is for you, make sure you work from home and don’t live at work!
The above are only a few of many questions that will help to determine your suitability to working from home full time. We hope that taking the time to reflect on your answers will help you to accumulate the right decision.
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