In recent years, working from home, or more formally known as telecommuting, has risen in popularity. As many companies entice employees with flexitime and working from home options. Gallup are a management consulting company, which produce public opinion polls. According to one of their surveys of more than 15,000 working adults, 43% of respondents said they spend some time in 2016 working from home.
Of course working from your sofa sounds great. But what’s the reality of it?
How will it affect me?
What many people don’t realise is that working from home is surprisingly hard on your mental health. Experts say working from your home creates a host of new problems and its effects on health may outweigh its perks. Just when you thought all your problems had vanished!
Timothy Golden, is an associate professor at the private research university, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who studies telecommunicating. In 2014, he told Entrepreneur Magazine that changing from an office to telecommuting “can intensify existing work and family conflict rather than alleviate it”. This is due to the stress load suddenly staring you in the face at all times.
Another thing that can negatively impact your mental health is the sheer inactivity of your routine. It can be so easy to sit in your chair all day. As you’re not having to walk round the office to meetings or chatting with your coworkers.
The pressure to always be available and having no clear divide between work and home can quickly lead to burnout. Fully disconnecting from work is even more crucial when your work and home life are blended together.
The divide of work and social life
There is a risk of your entire habitat becoming your office, and it can be hard to get away from ‘work’. A recommendation is to set up an at-home office for yourself. But that option is not always feasible for those with limited space. It may be worth finding a local coworking space that you like.
It can be easy to create a relaxing work day and neglect basic necessities like getting up early, getting dressed and even showering on a regular basis. It’s hard to not let your basic needs slide because you’re not physically going into an office.
Though working at home may benefit single parents and those people with disabilities, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all style of working. It’s important to consider the pros and cons of working from home before you rush into it.