By Shekinah Harper, Editorial Intern
The luxury of working from home has allowed some of the top Fortune 500 companies to recruit and keep their most talented employees.
The benefits of working from home have allowed employers to recruit and steal top talent without increasing their pay. Although this may seem like common sense for employers who reuse to raise their employee’s salaries, some employers or managers are against the idea due to the lack of structure.
Before deciding whether to work from home or giving your employees the luxury, you should weigh the pros and cons.
Advantage: Working from home gives the employee the ability to work in the framework which best suits them. They have the ability to determine their environment, lighting, temperature, setting and mood.
Disadvantage: Flexibility can go wrong if there is a lack of structure. When there is a lack of structure, employers fear their employees are using their work days as days off. If the employer provides their employee with a specific goal for each day, it restores structure.
Advantage: Employees can be constantly distracted while working in an office. Whether it’s from the coworker’s banter or unimportant meetings, working from home can help them avoid all distractions because they’ll be sealed off from the rest of the world.
Disadvantage: Because the workplace provides a location for employees to interact with other people, working from home can be depressing for some employees. If professionals working from home begin to feel isolated, they should get creative and use their resources to stay in contact with their colleagues.
More time with family
Advantage: Balancing work and home can always pose an issue for someone who works full time. The comfort of home and physical proximity to family can be extremely comforting, especially for those who have children.
Disadvantage: Although being within close proximity to their family can be comforting, it can also be a distraction. If an employer has children who require hourly attention, they might focus more on their children than their work.
Advantage: When employers aren’t constantly distracted or stressed by the workplace, they are able to be more productive. By creating their own comfortable environment, employees can relax and work at their own pace, as long as their deadline allows.
Disadvantage: When choosing to work from home, home now becomes the professional’s office space. If they choose to work throughout the day, it can feel as if they never leave work. In this situation, an employee should take a break, the same way they were working in an office.
Advantage: By not commuting every day to work, the employee is able to save time and money and who doesn’t love saving money. They no longer have to prepare for early morning traffic or remember to fill their tank after work.
Disadvantage: Although there is no real disadvantage, constantly working from home could possibly keep an employee from a promotion in the future. It could also leave them out of the loop because they won’t receive constant updates on the company’s development. Like the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind”.