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Working from home: Pros and cons below..

Many of us, since the pandemic started, a year ago (banana bread for anniversary is required), started working from home. This was a measure taken by the government to help the social distancing.

A year later and still is going strong with many companies announcing that this new way of working is going to stay in our lives for years.

Many people loved this idea or others not so much. Why is that? What are the pros and cons of working from home?

Many defenders are saying that working from home is a time saver (can you blame them? We are washing our hair on our lunch break). Not having a long commute to and from work can save a great deal of time. You don’t lose your time with going to the office in the morning (one extra hour of sleep) or in the afternoon you have more spare time to spend with your family (or Netflix). You can improve your work/life balance.

On the other hand many employees complain about the lack of motivation. Getting up and focusing on work every day when you are in your home environment takes a great deal of self-discipline and motivation. If you are working from home you don’t have the same motivation to work (very true).

On the flip side, working from home allows you to work during your most productive times, wear what you’re most comfortable with (pajamas) and create a workflow that works for you. Moreover, you can reduce distractions. While there may be distractions at home, you control them much easier than you can control distractions that come from coworkers, employees, and other office-based noise.

Working from home makes it harder to shut down. There can be less distinction between work and personal life when you work from home, making it harder to shut down and more likely that you will overwork (and not necessarily getting paid for that).

Additionally, relationships (what is that?) are harder to form. It’s hard to establish trust and develop relationships with colleagues and clients when you don’t have a daily face-to-face connection. Also, it’s a lot more complicated due to the fact that all the communications are made via calls or video chats (zoom guy became billionaire this year) and it’s impossible every time you want to ask something to use a video chat.

Moreover, many employees are mentioning how much of a money saver a work from home is. You don’t have to pay for public transport or for petrol or for parking. You can cook or make your coffee (2 or 3) instead of ordering a lunch.

On the other side, some mention the fact that their monthly bills are increasing (tell us about it) due to staying at home all day. They have to pay for electricity and sometimes they cannot afford it. They prefer working from the office because they have everything they need. For instance, they do not have to worry about the internet, heat, etc.

To sum up, working from home has two sides. Considering the pros and cons outlined here, only you can decide if working from home is right for you. As statistics shows by 2028, 73% of teams will have remote workers (statista). It’s a new reality and we must take the best of it. We, as speakit, have jobs with a work from home policy and office based ones. You can find all the available jobs here.  If you need reasons to relocate in Athens, please check here.