by Holly Miller -October 10, 2017
Anyone who has had the opportunity to work both from home and from the office likely understands the pros and cons of each work setting. For many people from various employment backgrounds, working from home is an ideal set-up, especially for parents with school-aged children or for those who have difficulties commuting to and from work each day.
The nature of a person’s work often dictates which setting might work best for them. Everyone from sales professionals to transcriptionists, bloggers, and even health professionals are beginning to work from home, often relying heavily on networking and social media activity to gain potential clients and generate income.
People also enjoy the welcome change in scenery that working from home provides. They may find themselves more productive once they separate from the repetitive and routine functions that sometimes overwhelm an office environment.
Despite the ease with which some professionals can successfully work from their homes, there is evidence suggesting it might negatively impact a person’s productivity in the long-run. Whether you’re trying your best to work surrounded by kids in a messy, disruptive space or alone in an overly cozy and laid-back environment, these obstacles could potentially damage both your work ethic and the quality of your output over time.
By working regular daytime hours in an office space, a person can adequately separate their work hours from their off-work hours, establishing healthier personal boundaries in the process. As well, it becomes easier for them to start required tasks since being at home 24/7 requires much more self-discipline and motivation to get the day going.
We recently interviewed one of our newest tenants here at Brownlow Business Centre, who revealed to us a few other pros of working in a designated office space as opposed to working from home. These benefits range from a significant increase in income and clientele to improvements in productivity and professionalism.
1. What are the difficulties of working from home?
Working from home can be difficult because of the distractions. I have animals and they are always playing and making noise. You can take a break to play with your dogs or to do some chores and before you know it you wasted an hour. It’s also difficult making phone calls because your dog can bark at any time.
Secondly, you’re not accessible to your clients. It’s not always professional to invite a client to your house and my house isn’t close to the city.
2. What is the percentage of your income growth since working in an office environment?
My income growth tripled when I started working in my office.
3. Are there any other benefits that you enjoy about using an office instead of working from home?
I can take last minute appointments now that I work from an office while before I had to book a time and drive into town. I also enjoy that my clients can drop off their files at the front desk if I am unavailable to see them. It adds a level of professionalism that I lacked when I worked from home. I’m also able to separate work from my home life. I can leave my work at the office and drive home to relax with my family.
Richardson, Bradley. “The pros and cons of working from home.” Monster. Retrieved from https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/pros-cons-of-working-from-home