OFFICE OR A REMOTE WORKER?

Published by Laura Braškė
On November 27, 2019
Working remotely or in an office, both have their own benefits and drawbacks in terms of productivity and performance. The option being available and working out is mainly dependent on the job position. Being a remote worker simply means not working in a traditional office and working in a dedicated office with high-speed internet access. Systems have to be put in place for the remote workplace to work, like a defined work schedule, uninterrupted internet access, and clear boundaries. 

While working in an office means working in the physical location of a business and working with other individuals towards a common goal or objective. The preference of working remotely and working in an office largely depends on the individual and their ability to pull it off.  Deciding on which of the two options suits your individuality involves weighing several of the following pros and cons. 

WORKING IN THE OFFICE

PROS:
Instant Feedback
This option gives you the chance to physically consult your colleagues or superiors on any issues or challenges you might face and get an immediate solution. When working remote, you have the option of video-conferencing or messaging your clients which is the only way you can get feedback on any issues you might have and this might prove not to be as effective as having physical support. 

Networking
You have the chance to network and connect with coworkers and have a more social life. Positive and rewarding activities such as lunch or happy hour with coworkers make you happier and fulfilled which in turn has an effect on your performance and productivity. 

Cost-Effective
This option lets you spend less when it comes to the procurement of resources necessary to get your work done. As well as lessens the bill you incur on feeding (some offices proffer free breakfast and lunch), electric bill and other minor spending. 

CONS:
Distractions
Some offices have less-friendly competition and this can take a toll on your performance or productivity. Working with other people might not be the best option for some individuals who work best left alone. 

Commuting
The costs of public transportation or gas, as well as the stress when facing traffic everyday, can also inconvenience some individuals when they have to face a fixed-time protocol. 

WORKING REMOTELY

PROS:

Zero Distractions
Some individuals work best when left alone and without confusing over-input. This can make the individual more relaxed, yet focused and organized, and productive. 

Self-Defined Workplace
When left in control of their working environment and with the choice to create it, some individuals can function more effectively and efficiently. 

Less commuting
A lot of time can be saved when you don’t have to commute back and forth to a location farther than where you have to. This can shave some time off for the individual, and a happier employee means more productivity. 

CONS:
Discipline and Work Ethics
Working remotely can prove harder for some individuals who find it difficult to maintain their focus on a single task for a very long time. This can take a large toll on their productivity levels and in turn on their career. 

Isolation
Working remotely can get you shut off from everyone and have an effect on your personal life seeing as having a remote job means it’s a 24hr job with breaks. This makes it a bit harder to switch off. 

 
Having remote workers is a great choice for young companies because they get to grow conveniently and at their own pace without overbearing costs of having a physical location. Freelancers are also considered as remote workers and most entrepreneurial businesses employ such workers with better benefits being proffered to them. 

Being professional and getting the work done is highly important to have a successful career. Hence, whichever of the two works best for the individual should be opted for and as long as the work gets in, there won’t be issues. 

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