To Telework or Not to Telework - That Is the Question
Who out there currently has the option to work from home (a.k.a. telework)? Have you always had the option? Is your job strictly telecommuting? Or, since COVID-19 and the shutting down of businesses, have you been offered the opportunity to work from home by your employer?
Maybe you're going from seeing your co-workers everyday, eating lunch at your cubicle, and clocking in and out to being stuck at home figuring out how to balance your workload plus a family or just life. Some people either absolutely love teleworking and some just do not.
Here are some pros of telework, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic:
1) Flexibility - hellooooo waking up with your coffee and PJ's on and the luxury to maybe have the news on in the background as you work. Something I'm sure you don't get to do at the office.
2) Safety - clearly by you working from home, you are not as likely to endanger your health or the health of your co-workers.
3) Variety - maybe this is just a nice switch-up for you compared to the 9 to 5 cubicle life. Maybe that perks your productivity and creativity!
As with all pros, there are some cons:
1) Motivation - who doesn't have issues with this? Maybe you find yourself having a harder time getting yourself motivated at home compared to being motivated at work.
2) Lack of social interaction - humans needs human contact - it's as simple as that. Sure there's Zoom or FaceTime, but it's just not the same as being able to have those talks around the water cooler or in the break room.
3) Distractions - raise your hand if you've felt distracted while teleworking?! Especially right now considering your children/partner are probably home with you too taking up some of your attention.
If you're teleworking, any tips/tricks/comments you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments!
SHRM.org recently posted a poll discussing telework and the results were kind of what we expected from 660 participants: