Working from home, what's the deal?

Recently I celebrated my one year anniversary at my workplace, and damn that year has gone fast. I enjoy my job and the people I work with as they're all pretty laid back and we have similar interests. I have 'weird' shift patterns at work Saturday through to Tuesday and on the weekends it is only a few of us in the office and I know a lot of us wish we could work from home as nobody else from other departments is in. I often wonder what it would be like to work from home and if I would get the same level as work done. As someone who suffers from mental health issues, I do think on my bad days it would be easier to work from my bed on a laptop, but on my good days, I enjoy the social aspect of work. After reading some research from National work from home day (there really is a day for everything, isn't there?) I was curious as to why some people can work from home and others can't. 


I found out that the major reason as to why people can't work at home is due to security reasons, which makes total sense from a business point of view. As you can never be too careful with that stuff, but I often feel like my quality of work would be better from home, sitting at a desk for the majority of a day can often be draining mentally and physically. Plus the office can be loud and it can be hard to zone out. Start up Donut wrote a great article surrounding these issues, based on a survey created conducted by Seareach they advise "Flexible working leads to happier, healthier, more productive employees … allowing employees to work from home is a really effective way of empowering them to manage their stress levels and stay in control of their overall health. Plus, if an employee does get sick but is still able to work, instead of infecting the whole office, they can work in the comfort of their own home." Being able to work from home I feel is something that may benefit me but like some workplaces mine needs to have a reason to allow you to do so.



I can see the pros of allowing employees to work from home, but I can also see the cons too. Allowing some staff to work from home but not all, can be a challenge as it may end up with other colleagues resenting those who can. As well as, the teams would not be as close as they are with everyone working together on a daily basis as they would see each other less. Overall, I would prefer doing half and half, as somedays I love going to work, seeing the people I work with and learning new things. However, on those days when I am struggling with my mental health or have had a bad nights sleep and much prefer my own company working from home would be ideal. But also I know that I can lack drive and motivation a lot of the time and I wonder if working from home would enable this even more, or whether it would spur me on to work harder? I mean music playing all day and having my bunnies roaming around sounds ideal!



 I would love to know your thoughts on this post in the comments below, would you prefer to work at home or in the office? 

*This is a collaborative post, but all views are my own. 

13 comments

  1. I love the idea of working remotely and wish I was able to. I feel like it'd be easier to get things done as people in the office wouldn't be able to distract you and also you'd be able to work more comfortably. It can be more suitable for some people than others. I think if you have an actual space at home you can work in, that could help too.

    Liz
    http://lizzumsliveslife.com

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  2. I work from home and love the flexibility of it - but it is hard work when you are the one doing all aspects of it.

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  3. My boss allows flexi-working but sometimes I feel as if I get more done at the office. However, it's just so handy on days when I can't get in or I'm having a low day.

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  4. I work from home now and I really like it. I'm an introvert so it works perfectly for me. Although I do have to say there have been times when I have missed the social side of working for somebody else. There really are pros and cons to both.

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  5. I have been self-employed most of my working life which has meant that for the vast majority of it I have worked from home. I definitely think that I miss out on a social aspect and on occasions it is far to easy to ignore my to-do list but that is also partly because I'm the boss. Whose going to shout if I don't do the work? Me? At the same time though when my anxiety is sky high working from home is a blessing as it means I don't have to face the scary worl din order to still make an income.

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  6. I don't think I would be very good working from home as I think I would get distracted too much if I was, although I have the option if I really needed to which is good x

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  7. This is a very interesting read. As you know I work from home and I love it, I don't miss working outside of the home at all.

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  8. I love the flexibility of working from home but I do sometimes miss being around others.

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  9. I work from home with blogging and it works well for me. I do sometimes miss the workplace, that said I hadn't been able to work for many years before I started blogging, due to not having the flexibility blogging offers.

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  10. I worked in an office for over 20 years and now work from home as a full time blogger. As you say, both have their pros and cons and I think a lot of managers will resist letting staff work from home because they can't guarantee a reliable output.

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  11. I love the idea of working from home but there are pros and cons. You really need to be disciplined and make sure you put in the same hours of work in when working from home as you can get easily distracted.

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  12. I think I'd just love the option to work from home. I work in Supply Chain and there is a set up in place to allow us to work from home, but this is only something extended to individuals of a certain level and on sick days, in particular, this can be frustrating for those of us who don't have this available. Also, the majority our external contacts work from home and have a lot of flexibility which doesn't seem to cause problems for them at all.

    I don't think I'd like to work from home full time as I'd definitely go a bit stir crazy and the fact that you have to interact with people certainly pushes me to be social in times where in my mind I say I don't want to be, when I in fact do. I can be quite a hermit and I think it would personally be bad for my mental health if I did it full time. But a choice would be lovely!

    Issy | MissIsGoode
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  13. I prefer going into the office TBH. My work allows me to work from home sometimes but I find I'll do more house jobs, get distracted more easily and work longer hours to make up for it! At least when you go to the office you leave all that behind.

    Kate xx
    www.mummywho.com

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