Working from Home Vs. Working In Office
Over the last few months, you’ve most likely heard an influx of reasons as to why people are leaving their jobs, restructuring their lives post-lockdown, and choosing between having more quality time with their loved ones by seeking out job opportunities that serve their needs. The big detail that’s been overheard at dinners, bars, and possibly even at your job is whether or not working in the office is still a reasonable thing to be doing.
While most people were outright eager to go out and experience festivals, hang outs with new and old friends, and simply get back to a sense of normalcy, it appears that the same sentiment doesn’t apply to going back into the office. The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of roughly 6,000 workers and as of February 2022, 61% of workers say they’re not going into their workplace because they don’t want to. While the other 38% say their office is closed. It’s a reversal from October 2020, when 64% of people were working from home because their office was closed, and 36% were doing so out of preference.
Here are a few pros and cons that I have put together and understand that these are subjective as everyone’s work styles are different. But it is safe to say that a vast majority of people share the same feelings for these factors below:
- Pro: More flexibility to take care of appointments and errands.
- Pro: No commute time or expense.
- Pro: More time spent with family.
- Pro: Fewer interruptions from meetings and chitchat.
- Con: No physical separation between work and leisure time.
- Con: Easy to misread cues via electronic communications.
- Con: You have to make the effort to get a change of scenery.
- Con: Less in-person contact with co-workers.
What are some other reasons that you can think of? Are you someone who thrives better working at home or with your team? Share your thoughts below!