THE DOWNSIDES OF WORKING REMOTELY
Over the last few months, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of employees working from home.
As COVID-19 took hold around the world, it was vital for businesses to adapt and for many companies with employees working from home was not an option, it had to be done.
The advancement of technology made it possible to work just as effectively from home as people did from the office.
At our business support agency, we were efficient in choosing the right technology to conduct our work from home.
Instead of face to face meetings, we used Zoom or smartphones, we used VPN to access the data in the office servers and workshops were conducted effectively via Zoom, in fact, with people comfortable in their homes, the workshops increased in both sign up’s and attendance.
We also set up a business group on Telegram as an overkill.
The results were just as efficient as being in the office.
Most people who work remotely encounter problems that affect their productivity. This could be a lack of motivation or limited internet access that prevents them from connecting to their company’s servers.
Its popularity clearly shows that it benefits people. However, remote working has its fair share of disadvantages. Here are the significant downsides of remote working.
THE LACK OF WORKPLACE SOCIAL LIFE
When you work remotely, you will miss the workplace social life. You will get to interact with your clients and colleagues virtually, but it isn’t the same as having a conversation with a colleague over a meal.
My colleague and I will often get on the phone with each other to have a ‘social conversation’.
Hence the reason many freelancers prefer to come into the workplace at least a couple of times a week.
YOU MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO BALANCE WORK AND LIFE
Remote working indeed allows you to spend more time with your family. There is one problem, though. When you don’t have specific work hours, you will keep thinking about the pending jobs.
So, even when you are playing with your kids in the park, you will find yourself worrying about the assignments you need to complete. This dilutes the quality of time spent with your family.
LACK OF A FIXED ROUTINE
Flexible hours are the biggest benefit of working remotely. It can also be a disadvantage. Remote working is a boon for freelancers.
They can work when they feel like it. They don’t have to attend meetings. It sounds like a dream. Some freelancers, however, struggle to stay motivated.
They need someone to supervise their work. In the absence of a supervisor, they find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
Remote working is for self-motivated people.
YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH A LOT OF DISTRACTIONS
While the motivated find it difficult to ‘switch off’ from work, the less motivated find it difficult to ‘switch on’.
When you work from your home, you will have to deal with all sorts of distractions. This is particularly hard for people who have young children.
YOU ARE DEPENDENT ON TECHNOLOGY
As you can’t come face-to-face with your colleagues or clients, you have to be reachable by email or phone. If there is a network problem or delay, you may miss important notifications.
SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO KEEP MOTIVATED
- Keep in regular contact with your work colleagues
- Prioritise your day and plan in advance
- Keep one place in your home where it’s for work
- Set yourself goals for the week
With the technology available, it is an efficient and streamlined way to run a business. If you are a self-managed individual and can keep yourself motivated, it can be very productive.
At the same time, it is not for everyone.