There’s no doubt that remote work brings great benefits for people. Compared to working in an office, people get to save time by not commuting, saving money, spending more time with family, and so forth. Although remote work is not perfect, it does have some downsides such as being easily distracted or feeling isolated. For productivity, is working from home great? That question will be addressed in this post.
What is the value of remote work?
Not everyone thinks it’s stable or believes it’s the future of work. Jaime Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, basically hates it. He values the idea of people collaborating and engaging in-person, rather than doing through Zoom calls. I guess he’s experienced “Zoom fatigue” himself.
For some people, they struggled with working from home (WFH) for a certain amount of time. If they worked for a company that permitted WFH for everyone, they had to go through some of those struggles.
So going back to the idea of collaboration and engagement, it’s not the same while meeting virtually on a computer screen. There’s a big difference when it comes to virtual and in-person meetings, and more people are starting to recognize that.
“I just don’t think the world is going to be that dramatically different….My view is that there will be more hybrid work.”Jaime Dimon, Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase
What other people think about WFH
From what I know, there are mixed views when it comes to WFH; however, it’s still positive for the most part. Some people like that it’s quieter, and that idea of not having a boss standing behind their shoulder.
Other people may struggle if they have children at home. It’s nice for them to be with their children more often. Then again, they can be a very big distraction when they need to stay focused.
What other people have told me
Some people I know personally did not like working from home that much. For example, the feelings of isolation can sink in after staying home for too long.
For a lot of people, that was the case when they used to work from home all the time. Now that more people are returning to the office, it’s gotten easier to adjust to working back at the office.
So there’s a small number of people who may not go with the majority on WFH. It sounds like it should be popular these days, but apparently, some people are not on board with it.
What do I think about WFH in general?
For me, I have not worked from home for an employer before. It would have been nice had I gotten that experience, but that’s ok.
Based on my own knowledge, I cannot give a straightforward answer without that experience. Although having done freelance work before, it’s nice to work independently.
In my view, I believe there should be a balanced approach to work. In other words, I think some work should be done at the office. At other times, working at home can be beneficial as well.
So I like that mixup in-between. When you mix things up on a day-day-basis, you don’t have that same old “groundhog day” experience.
It’s why I’m a big proponent of the hybrid work model. Now that we’re moving into a different time period, hybrid work is going to be much more common.
So- Is WFH great for productivity?
Based on what I know and my beliefs, it all depends on each person and the job they perform. Some people like it, while others simply hate it.
For instance, if you’re someone who makes a lot of phone calls or virtual meetings, WFH may not be a problem. But if you’re someone who needs to focus, it can be challenging if there are children or pets around.
Some people just don’t feel as productive if they were working in an office setting. More so, it may mean less motivation and drive to do meaningful work.
Where does WFH go from here?
The WFH trend will not go away anytime soon. But the world will not fully transition with it altogether at the same time. What I mean is the world will not go fully remote, as that certainly is not possible these days.
What the world has gone through the last few years is interesting. The rise of WFH continues to benefit companies and their employees.
But at the same time, there are some downsides when it comes to working from home. As mentioned earlier, the difference between collaborating in-person and virtually is widely understandable these days.
Over the last few years, WFH has become much more popular. Although not everyone is a fan of it, there are some positive feelings to how remote work is conducted.
As I brought up earlier, the views on WFH are mixed. We know there are some drawbacks to it, and nothing is perfect at the end of the day.
Although I wish I had that type of experience, the ideas of working from home would have been interesting. But I would stick to the hybrid work model if I were working for companies having this option available.
Where it goes from here remains to be seen. Who knows if it’ll improve over time, as the technological landscape may get better down the road.
However, that remains to be seen. But I would be curious to see where it goes from here. I think it’ll get better as we become more accustomed to the work lifestyle.
Your Turn: Do you find working from home beneficial?
I would like to get some of your thoughts on WFH. Do you find working from home beneficial? Do you like the convenience it brings, along with the flexibility it may offer?
If you’re one of those individuals, what don’t you like about WFH? What can be improved to make collaboration and engagement more enticing?
Where do you see the WFH trend going in the future? Will it get better, or worse?
Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses, and I’ll gladly respond promptly.
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Eric is a content writer and the site owner of notimekillers.com. He takes great pride in helping people manage their time and grow their businesses. Eric is a firm believer in time freedom, as he believes in taking ownership of time. “Time is your most important asset. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. How you use your time can shape the future you desire to have.” In his leisure time, Eric loves to write and read whenever possible. He enjoys going for long walks outdoors while doing in-home workout videos every week. You can follow Eric on LinkedIn.