When you’re a parent you’ll naturally want to spend as much time as possible with your child to ensure you’re around for as many of their key milestones as possible. Teleworking is a growing employment type that can afford parents the flexibility to achieve these goals, however as with anything, there are pros and cons to consider before taking the plunge.
To help you understand what working from home will require of you, we’ve listed some of the advantages and disadvantages below:
- Working from home will give you the ability to change your work schedule depending on your family commitments, allowing you to fulfil your family and work commitments easier.
- Apart from having time for work and family, you might also gain some time for yourself, as you’ll remove the need to commute to and from work.
- You’ll save money on transport costs, work clothes, and lunches at work.
- There can be fewer distractions at home compared to being in the workplace (kind of, see “The Ugly” for more details).
- There might even have tax advantages when you work from home as you may be able to claim on some utility and office equipment costs.
- There are times when family members might intrude on time set aside for work and you’ll need contingency plans to cater for this.
- Working from home is not the answer to permanent childcare. You’ll still need permanent childcare arrangements while you work from home, particularly as your infant gets older.
- You’ll have a limited amount of interaction with your other workmates, so working from home can be quite isolating.
- Expect that tools from your workplace might be a little bit slower compared to at work. Ensure your Internet Service Provider offers a suitable connection speed for the work you’ll be expected to perform.
- “Switching off” may be difficult as there is no separation between your work and home life. This may mean the very reason you opted for this change in the first place may get compromised.
- While office distractions have been eliminated, home distractions have been increased. Think washing up, laundry, Oprah, the list is endless. You’ll need your blinkers on tight to keep these from getting done during your core hours.
Now it’s not all doom and gloom, in fact most of the data we’re seeing suggests that teleworkers are amongst the happiest employees in the workforce. Now you have a clear picture of what working from home will take and some pitfalls you’ll need to look out for if you decide it’s for you. Working from home can be challenging, however the rewards are there for those who can master it.