Telecommuting: is it all bad?

Lenore Staats

Telecommuting is fast growing in popularity in terms of how businesses operate. Telecommuting has many benefits, such as flexibility for employees, and cost savings for the company in rent and operational costs. But it also comes with some disadvantages. To be able to work from home peacefully, you would need […]

Telecommuting: is it all bad?

Telecommuting is fast growing in popularity in terms of how businesses operate. Telecommuting has many benefits, such as flexibility for employees, and cost savings for the company in rent and operational costs. But it also comes with some disadvantages. To be able to work from home peacefully, you would need to set up a home office area, which could be costly and not fit in with your decor. With websites such as luminablog.co.uk, you are able to review many companies’ products and search for reviews such as home office furniture companies in the UK.

Let’s take a look at some of other factors that would make telecommuting a bad idea for your company or employees:

Distractions:

There is nothing worse than dialling into a video conference and the silence is shattered by the neighbours dog yapping at the cat in the tree, or the shout of one of your children requiring another helping of ice-cream. The truth is, our home lives are not the most quiet. There is no way to drive out the noisy neighbourhood traffic, or your spouse skulking around while you are trying to finish a project or task. Being able to shut off everything around you and focus on a project is essential with telecommuting, but it is not a realistic approach at all. You might not be able to go into a room and close the door for some quiet as you just do not have the space. A good working environment requires a quiet organized space which will help you achieve your goals and meet those important work deadlines. If you cannot focus in your current home environment, telecommuting is not a good idea.

Work-life balance:

We all struggle with work-life balance, whether we are based on the company’s premises or working from home. Telecommuting makes that struggle even harder, as we find ourselves trying to work out our schedules to include work appointments as well as private ones, all the while dealing with whatever else is going on in our homes. 2020 saw a big change with companies moving their operations online, and schools closing, leaving many parents trying to balance their work while still trying to educate their children and keep them entertained. Trying to find a healthy work-life balance is extremely difficult when you are trying to give the best to both your job and your family. And with no in-between, and telecommuting being your only option, the one will flow into the other.

Isolation:

One of the worst disadvantages to telecommuting is isolation. Working from home, on your own, can be extremely isolating as it is not so easy to just walk up to a colleagues desk to bounce an idea off of them or have a quick friendly chat. While there are online tools such as video conferencing and instant messaging, nothing quite replaces in person contact. Telecommuting also makes for difficult group meetings, as there might be a bad connection, tasks and comments getting lost in the conversation, and lack of social interaction. For those who live alone, the isolation felt from telecommuting can be detrimental to their mental health, as isolation can cause much loneliness.

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