Remote Work: is it for you?

Before you decide if remote working is the right path for you, let's take a look at the pros and cons.



When we talk about remote working, the image that comes to mind is one of a casually dressed young person sitting in a cafe, sipping on a cup of coffee and typing on a laptop. And indeed, remote working can look like that. However, it can also take many other forms.

But first, what exactly is remote work? Simply put, remote work refers to a paid job, done by the employee of an establishment, which is not carried out within the traditional office space. Remote work includes working from home, working from an external environment and working while travelling.

In recent times, the preference for remote work has grown, both for employers and employees. Statistics show that remote working can save employers up to $22,000 per employee per year. It has also been reported that remote employees had higher productivity compared to those who were physically present.

Before you decide if remote working is the right path for you, let's take a look at the pros and cons.

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Pros of Remote Working

Flexibility: remote work offers you the opportunity to decide on the working hours that suits you best. Also, remote work eliminates the commute time between home to the workplace, giving the employee enough time to sleep in, prepare breakfast, dress the kids up, etc before starting work for the day

Ideal environment: An employee who works remotely has the chance to choose a work environment that suits them best. Whether it be at home, or in a cafe, or at the park, working in a preferred environment correlates with higher productivity

Job satisfaction: It has been reported that the turnover rate for remote employees is quite low. This means that remote workers are less likely to quit their jobs or even take leaves. This benefits both the employer, who spends less costs training new recruits, and to the employee, because it is an indication of satisfaction with their current status which also relates to higher work productivity

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Cons of Remote Work

Security: remote workers are quite prone to accidental security breaches. Because remote workers may work from public areas like cafes and malls, the tend to use the wireless internet provided by the places. Thus, the information on their electronic devices can be accessed by hackers who tap in to the wireless internet, this putting (sometimes) sensitive company information in the wrong hands

Career regression: because remote workers are not very visible in the workplace, they are often forgotten, neglected or ignored during promotions and bonuses. Remote work can lead to career regression in certain cases, especially since the people who work remotely may not always be present to defend themselves.

Distractions: Although distractions are a common fixture of the traditional workplace, with remote working, it could become worse if not properly handled. It could be in the form of anything ranging from the crying babies to being interrupted by the waiters, to low battery. All of these can adversely affect the productivity of a remote worker.

So back to our question: is remote working for you? The question is yours to answer. Look at the pros and cons and consider which option would be most beneficial to you in the long run.


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