Is Working From Home A Blessing Or A Burden? Weigh the pros and cons | Panda Anku

Space to work, reliable internet, and job requirements are essential for successful remote work. Which states have they all covered?

The pandemic brought positives with negatives. The ability to work from home was a plus. While people joked about attending Zoom meetings without wearing pants, clothing lines were embracing WFH (work from home) business attire. The restrictions have been relaxed for over a year. Has the jury reached a verdict on working from home? And can we be successful in a hybrid work environment?

Pros: You maximize productivity – Zoom meetings are much shorter!

Everyone was pretty excited about the opportunity to get paid for their work without leaving home. There are many good reasons:

  1. Goodbye commute. You’ve saved an hour or more on both ends of your day. You also save the cost of tolls, petrol or train travel. Your workday could add those few hours saved. If you are in sales, this is the time.
  2. Hello, balanced family life. You no longer spend long hours without your family. They could be in the next room. This can make childcare more practical during the working day. You can have lunch with your spouse if they also work from home. The saved commute time can be used to help your children with their homework.
  3. Save closet. Although people joked about meetings with no pants, most people understood that business work requires business attire. Your dry cleaning bills have plummeted from not wearing business attire on trains and walking in the rain.
  4. self-motivation. You are on sale. Your goal is to maximize your productivity. You couldn’t stand the typical office distractions and meetings you were asked to attend. Zoom meetings are much shorter! You can focus on activities that ring the cash register.
  5. Your office is wherever you are. Maybe there were projects you wanted to address over the weekend. You may have had to go to the office because you accessed sensitive material. When Work From Home was introduced, security measures were put in place to solve this dilemma.
  6. Businesses began to rethink their office space needs. Assuming that productivity stays at an acceptable level, companies can address the question, “Does everyone need an office?” When working from home, branches and offices can be downsized. This can be a big savings in the long run.

Cons: Collaboration suffers – you lose that “we are a team” feeling

It seems like Work From Home is an idea whose time has come. Not exactly.

  1. Big brother is watching. Some companies feared people would treat working from home as paid vacation time. They bought software to track employees’ screen and phone activity. This could be an indicator of how much time you’ve spent at your desk.
  2. office politics. It happens everywhere. Someone wants what you have. They vie for the favor of their direct superior or management. They don’t know that certain meetings are taking place. One day the department will be reorganized. You’re the last to know because you’ve been working from home while others have been working locally.
  3. Customer relationships suffer. Personal contact counts. They invited customers to lunch, bought them drinks, or went to a hockey game together. Getting to know someone strengthens relationships. They become friends. It’s hard to fire friends. When you have an online or phone relationship, the personal bond suffers.
  4. Video conferencing is overrated. I think we pay more attention to four people sitting around a table than four boxes on a screen. You can’t look them in the eye that easily. You miss the messages of body language. You can’t easily tell if someone isn’t on board with an idea or has a problem.
  5. No water dispenser spontaneity. A friend told me he was doing an experiment when he got back to the office. In one day, he counted a dozen instances of meeting someone in the hallway and having a conversation that wasn’t planned. An idea or an opportunity was the result.
  6. loyalty suffers. “No man is an island,” wrote the English poet John Donne. When you work remotely, you lose that “we are a team” feeling. Work can be assigned to you, but collaboration suffers. Solid loyalty also suffers. It’s becoming easier for competitors to poach talent and harder to keep sensitive documents like customer lists safe.

Working from home is likely to stay to some extent. But we still need to go to the office, interact and build relationships to be successful.

Bryce Sanders is President of Perceptive Business Solutions Inc. He provides HNW customer acquisition training for the financial services industry. His book, Captivating the Wealthy Investor, is available on Amazon.

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