If you have ever worked in an environment that was gradually making you numb from the neck down, the chances are you will have daydreamed about working from home. In many ways, you may even have looked at this rather pleasant prospect in much the same way that you once looked at a golden beach lined with sun-loungers under a rich blue sky.
Of course, working from your own home can be a wonderful experience, but it isn’t likely to be all about hot suns and cold drinks. The reality for many who make the switch is one of hard work and sometimes taking far too long to adjust to the new way of doing things. And it should be pointed out that it doesn’t work out well for everyone.
The benefits are perhaps all too obvious, and they represent a magnet that is strong enough to attract a significant proportion of the working population. First and foremost, there’s no need to commute, of course; the daily trip to work usually involves nothing more strenuous than a stroll from the bed to the computer screen.
There’s no irritable boss standing over you while you work, and to a certain extent you can pick and choose when you are going to be working. This flexibility appeals perhaps most of all to parents of young children, and will undoubtedly lead to them saving a small fortune in childcare fees over the course of a year.
Work where and how you please One of the advantages that are not perhaps overly apparent is the chance to personalize your own working environment, allowing you to toil away in the exact conditions that you have set. You can choose the temperature, for example, and whether or not you have music in the background, and of course when you take breaks for coffee and meals.
It should be pointed out, however, that amid all the milk and honey there will some tepid water and stale sandwiches. Working from home can be something of a lonely experience, especially if it involves the type of work that offers little or no interaction with others. While some people might think this sounds like paradise, there will be plenty more who struggle to come to terms with it.
Home working cannot be seen as an easy option because that sort of attitude will ultimately make the whole process a failure. In order to remain successful, the individual needs to maintain an effective level of output, and that requires self-discipline and motivation, and of course there’s no opportunity to bounce enthusiasm off colleagues during the working day
. Another important consideration is that the home environment offers a number of distractions that you simply don’t have in a collective office. The temptation to stop for a while and vegetate in front of the TV is a good example, and the ringing of the home phone can prove to be a setback to your productivity levels. As is always the case, discipline is of paramount importance.