Working from Home

Published: 2016-09-09

This week we're looking at advantages and disadvantages of working from home.

More and more people are working from home due to saving on the cost of childcare, health issues and simply liking of flexible work/life style.

According to government research in 2015, more than 4 million people are working from home in UK and around 800,000 people have become home workers over the decade.   Interestingly, more than 60% of those who work from home are men and 2/3rds of them are self employed.

There are some reasons that made this possible. One of the major reasons is the development of technology.  Now that most cafes and public spaces offer free wifi, you can work from almost anywhere if you have a laptop and a mobile phone.

However, the benefits of working from home disappear in the long run if it is a full time arrangement.  A new study from the London school of economics and political science has found that working from home for 2 -3 days a week is the most effective arrangement.

Working from home sounds very attractive as you can set up your own time to work, there is no stress of commuting and it allows more flexible arrangements with your family  life.   However, it can also lead to longer working hours, working late into the night and the most common disadvantage, the distractions of home life – being distracted by the unfilled dishwasher, the cat purring by your feet in the hope of being fed and the unmade beds upstairs.  By working from home it is easy for your mind to wander to these things and your day becomes much less productive than sitting in an office.   While working from home does offer flexibility, in the long run, most people will find they long to leave the house to go and work in the office.  This allows for a clear work/home environment.  It also allows your home to be your home – a place where you can leave behind the stressed of work.

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