The Advantages & Disadvantages of Working from Home
Of those surveyed, over 40% stated that working from home negatively impacts their ability to work. Conversely, only 18% said that remote working was positive for their productivity, and 39% said there was no difference. Whilst it is good to see that 2 out of 5 individuals have no issue transitioning from the office to the home, the fact that the same percentage of professionals see it as a negative will be cause for concern for a lot employers – especially in these times of uncertainty.
In terms of the main disadvantages of working from home, the majority of respondents to our survey (30%) indicated that ‘distraction’ had the most negative impact. This is easy to understand, as the more informal setting of your own home lends itself more easily to distraction – especially if you’re also taking care of family members, children, or pets!
People also highlighted ‘lack of motivation’ (27%) and ‘lack of colleague communication’ (16%) as other main drawbacks of working from home. Similarly, 17% of workers indicated that the ‘impact on work-life balance’ was the primary negative for them. Considering the mental health ramifications of the COVID-19 lockdown, and the fact that over half of workers already have an unhealthy work-life balance, this is something that employers should be addressing and combating – ensuring that staff remain healthy and productive.
That said, the respondents did also highlight some advantages to remote working during this difficult period. 45% agreed on the cost-saving benefits of working from home – meaning that they’re saving money on commuting costs, food, and fuel. And in this time of economic hardship, it’s easy to see why this would be an advantage to so many.
Furthermore, 17% indicated that having the ability to spend more time with their family was the biggest advantage, while 30% highlighted flexible working hours. Interestingly, only 6% stated that ‘more efficient working’ was the primary benefit of doing business remotely.