Monday, June 18, 2012 at 2:36pm by Sandy Jones
What is your favorite part of your job? The fact that you have an awesome coffee machine? What about the fact that you only have to work three days a week? There can be many benefits of your job depending on where you work. As we struggle to bring down our national unemployment rates, those with jobs often find themselves feeling lucky that they just have a job. Still, there can be pains in having a job. Do you have to commute over an hour both ways each day? Wouldn’t it be nice if some jobs would allow you the option of working from home? Well couch potatoes unite; there are now more options for you to work in the comfort of your fuzzy pajamas.
Who wouldn’t love to work at home and still get paid? With this concept you could carry a full time job and still have more time to spend with the family. If you have to commute, you would save money on the travel. You could set your own hours and be within the comforts of your own home. Long gone are the days when working from home were just from self-employed workers. Many corporations and businesses are allowing their employees the option to work from home. This privilege can be on occasion or even every day. By working from home you are still contributing to a business without having to be present all of the time.
So now that you are hooked on the idea of working from home, it is time to sweeten the deal. There are many advantages for you and your employer if you are working from home.
- Advantages for the Company: Obviously if you work for a company, they care about their cost and bottom line. So though it may seem like they are doing you a great favor by allowing you to work from home, you can bet there is a reason that benefits them as well. One of the main reasons is that it cuts down on needed office space. If you have a huge company and half of them work from home, then you really only need room for those that are physically in the building. Another great reason that employers are willing to keep you at home is that their attendance and retention rates will be higher. You would have to be really sick to not be able to at least curl up in bed and work. You will also have higher desire to stay with the company longer.
- Advantages for You: So what is in it for you? Well for one you will save money. Who doesn’t love that? You will not have to commute, you won’t have to pay for as much child care, and you will even save on food because you will be able to eat at home more. Not to mention you will have more time to hang out with your family, as opposed to sitting in traffic.
As you have learned, every good thing has the potential to have something negative attached to it. It is unfortunate fact in life and even laying on the couch all day can have a downside.
- Disadvantages for the Company: One of the biggest risks a company will take in allowing you to work from home is the potential that you will slack on your work. Who seriously wants to work when their favorite show is on? Employees will also lack the human interaction that they could have with fellow employees. In the digital age we communicate mainly through text and email, but how many times have you misread the tone of something. There could be unnecessary conflict between employees that can only be solved by social interaction.
- Disadvantages for You: Still not really seeing the possibility of there being disadvantages for you personally? Well there are many that can occur. For one, there is the possibility of your personal life affecting your work. When you are at home all the time, you will be plugged in more to your responsibilities at home and your work could begin to suffer. Another issue is that your health could suffer. If you don’t make time to take care of your health and your body, then you will begin to stay in the house more and more and find it hard to leave.
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