What are the pros and cons of remote working?

What are the pros and cons of remote working?

Remote working is growing in popularity, especially in the startup world. In fact, we’ve even implemented a flexible working policy here at Movemeon! So far we’ve implemented the following: working from home the first Friday of every month, 2 extra Flexi-days a month of your choice, and our team away trips also include flexible working, so far we have worked from these great locations; Brittany, Montenegro, Seville, Chamonix, Granada, Barcelona and an upcoming trip to Romania. 

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Author: Laila, Client Success Manager – Movemeon.

Remote working is a new approach that can allow both employer and employee to adapt to work and external requirements in a mutually beneficial manner, so, what are the pros and cons?

Pros

1. Greater work-life balance

More time to do things after work such as exercise, socialise, prepare yourself a nice nutritious dinner, spend quality time with your loved ones and get an early night’s sleep.

2. Saves you the stress and time of a commute

TUC analysis has shown that the total average UK commute takes up just less than an hour per day (58.4 minutes). When you wake up you’re already in the office and when you’re done for the day you’re already home meaning you can invest that time in either your work or personal wellbeing. 

Working from home also allows you to get on top of general life admin/house chores that you may not have the time to do over the course of the week, e.g those put-off doctors and dentist appointments!

3. Often increases productivity

Employees are given the opportunity to work to the rhythms that best suit their productivity peaks and troughs throughout the day.

4. A great option for parents and families

Very convenient for the school runs and allows for extra quality time to spend with children.

5. Reduces stress!

You are in control and can create an environment that you feel comfortable in. This also allows you to have flexibility in your schedule to take breaks to re-energize and in certain situations, it allows spending time with your pets

Cons

1. Missing out on general office chit chat which can be really important with keeping up to date with the office.

Too much removal from the office can make you feel out of touch with instant day to day change. 

2. Productivity

Sometimes you’re not always as productive as you think, especially working from home with young children, it may be hard to find a distraction-free environment. Read more about whether remote working improves productivity here.

3. Missing out on being in a meeting physically

Quite often priceless conversations that come directly after a meeting which you can miss once the conference call has ended.

3. Less time for team bonding

Working away from the office can mean you miss out on spontaneous after-work drinks, events, peer feedback and advice.

4. Contracted working hours/core hours may not always be respected when working from home

There is potential to get relaxed around lunch hours and make up the time after your core hours, and it can be hard to track whether people are actually working. 

5. Data security – GDPR

In the new GDPR era, you have to be especially cautious when working away from safe WiFi areas – if you’re working in a cafe, for example, you could be a victim of a data breach. 

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