Pros & Cons of Working at Home

Last Update: March 09, 2015

The work room at home remains an attractive working environment but there are also some drawbacks.

Benefits:

  1. less travel time and less travel expenses
  2. stay at work during mild illness, fewer sick days
  3. higher job satisfaction, the new world of work is fun!
  4. better balance work-family reg. care responsibilities
  5. less child care needed (parents' day / earlier at home)
Disadvantages:
  1. more chance of conflict with family members (see 3.)
  2. isolation, less physical contact with the 'real' outside world
  3. mixed up work and private life without regulated working hours
  4. workplace at home is often of insufficient quality, lack of technical capabilities
  5. chance of stress if you're not able to do self-scheduling and set up good plans
Benefits for society:
  1. less commuting
  2. better work-life balance
  3. higher employment rates of women
  4. environmental benefits, lower emission of CO2
Disadvantages for society:
  1. less excise taxes on commuting
  2. negative consequences for social cohesion
Let's hope most of us enjoy the benefits only ...
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Good despatis . As always , there are pros and cons to everything ... the big one for stay at home work is having a plan and the discipline to follow it .
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despatis Premium
Yep Paul, as long as it matches with your private family situation at home, why not?

Desmond
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goldin Premium
Very good post, I agree with what you have said, it's quite hard to work from home because sometimes the family find it hard to take your work as seriously as you do, you have to have some discipline then they may start to share in your belief in what you are doing
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despatis Premium
How true Conroy, as a fellow WA-marketer commented: "as social creatures we must make sure that our live social engagement is a part of the work at home routine" ~ Desmond
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LLeary Premium
Nice post and thanks for sharing.
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despatis Premium
Thanks for reading Leonard, much appreciated.
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ThomasE Premium
Excellent analysis! I've been working from home for almost six years now and cat totally relate. Thanks!
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despatis Premium
Indeed Thomas, after 6 years, you can call yourself an expert in the field of home working. Thanks for your comment.
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I love it will share on my facebook :)
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despatis Premium
Thanks AdiL, much appreciated.
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Thank You for sharing nice posts. :)
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gifted76 Premium
stay at work during mild illness, fewer sick days is both a pro and a con. Sometimes you just want to be home sick and in bed and don't want your boss calling you asking you if you can remote in?
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despatis Premium
Yep Jumaane, if you are really sick, I don't think you have any desire to do something ..
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sofieanderin Premium
Thanks for these lists, they help us all see the big picture. I am still a part of corporate america but my position is considered a "virtual" one. I am in one state and the rest of my team members are in other states. I have been in my current job for 2 years and it gets more isolating as time goes by so I think I can cross #2 of my list of disadvantages :-)
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despatis Premium
You're welcome Erin, we need to know both sides to improve ourself. Thanks for your remarks, Desmond.
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LifeCreator Premium
Thenks despatis, In our real-life we have to update-estimations pros and cons, ...
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despatis Premium
Agree Josip, in real-life we indeed have to consider our do's and don'ts once a while. Thanks, Desmond
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kiliwia62 Premium
Great post and I do agree, even though I have a website encouraging women starting a business from home it unable to join the workforce. It is always a pro and con in everything we do.
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despatis Premium
Thanks Sylvia, sometimes we need to consolidate and to weigh in mind the pros and cons of everything we do.
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FoalingWife Premium
And under the family conflict tab should be... when you 14 yr old has spring break and on day 2 is already bored and is expecting you to take her everywhere but you are still to "work" and can't leave. I have found that my daughter takes advantage of the fact I am home all the time and doesn't put as much importance in what I do as compared to her friends parents that work out of the home.
Susan
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despatis Premium
So recognizable Susan, hope spring break doesn't take too long ;) Thanks for your contribution.
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FoalingWife Premium
I always plan ahead for this week and get all of my social media scheduled ahead of time so I can have more flexibility, letting my software do the work :)
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EddieBush Premium
Really interesting, Desmond!
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despatis Premium
Thanks Eddie, hope it's useful.
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KatieMac Premium
good tips and having routine is a big help
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despatis Premium
How true Cathy, thanks.
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Wepi Premium
Need to plan some exercise in between. Thanks a lot.
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despatis Premium
Absolutely Pastor, a good plan just to avoid health problems.
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bsmith1222 Premium
I prefer working for self and at home
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despatis Premium
Yep Brian, I suggest most WA members do.
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lindon11 Premium
Upside. I have a fairly tropical garden with a large undercover area, pool with a waterfall, 2 fish ponds and water features. Plus a lap top and WiFi. Can't get better than that. Downside I'm up at 4.30 am and home at 6.00 pm. Don't get to enjoy it.
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despatis Premium
Hi Lindon, sounds like a mixed up work and private life without regulated working hours? Hope you change it in your favor.
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jazminf Premium
I agree with Christa, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Great post, thank you for sharing:)
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despatis Premium
You're most welcome Jazminf, thanks.
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Christabelle Premium
The poster is great and the advantages FAR outweigh any disadvantages! :)
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despatis Premium
Yep Christa, let's hope most of us enjoy the advantages only ...
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Christabelle Premium
I agree! :)
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nurseannie Premium
excellent. AM
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despatis Premium
Thanks Ann.
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Heroba Premium
it's very true that if we are not careful about it, we do end up being alienated from the 9 - 5 people who hang out at the coffee machine in the hallway :)
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despatis Premium
Indeed Ron, and never become 'employee of the month' ;)
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Heroba Premium
Right ... Bummer !
I'll design a T-shirt for myself.
"Not this month's employee of the month"
hahaa
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MarineMom Premium
I covered the same info in one of my posts a while back. So true. Thank you for sharing your insight. Well done.
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despatis Premium
I should have known Donna. However, always good to write down some own thoughts. Thanks.
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Gordi Premium
Those are valid points for both pro and cons. One thing that I find personally, is that I'd go bananas if I did everything from home. Getting out and about is also good.
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despatis Premium
That's right Gordi, we can't sit the whole day through looking at the screen.
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LisB247 Premium
I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages even though I still have a job outside of working from home so I do get to socialise.

I also love the poster it is a great incentive to work from home full time. With the correct strategy, schedules and treating the home business as a business, there is no reason why the negatives should begin to outweigh the positives.

Lis.
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despatis Premium
Fully agree Lis, thanks for your comment.
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Judy-B Premium
Good thoughts, thanks for sharing. :)
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despatis Premium
You're wlcome Judy, thanks.
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adaba063 Premium
some great points here!

the concept is great, but we are also social creatures, so we must make sure that live social engagement -- not the pretend stuff of social media -- is a part of the work at home routine

all the best,
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despatis Premium
Fully agree Derrall!
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hmasters Premium
Good points. For me....easy choice.
Harold
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despatis Premium
I suggest for most of us at WA Harold, thanks.
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slackone Premium
I enjoyed the pros and cons for society. Well thought.
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despatis Premium
Good to know Julio.
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Garden77 Premium
I love this one. keep up the good work
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despatis Premium
Will do, thanks Glenn.
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AllynBeekman Premium
After having worked 40 years for others, in offices of various types, I am very pleased to work from home this past year plus. Good post.
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despatis Premium
It's my pleasure Allyn.
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NemiraB Premium
How about taking a walk or going to volunteer? You will meet people.
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despatis Premium
Great idea Nemira!
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JohnMar4348 Premium
Thanks for the post. I haven't thought of it like that before.
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despatis Premium
You're most welcome John.
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Dgegegegwg Premium
Some very good points. I may actually start going to my other job when I'm not working just to use the Wi-fi. That way I'm not sitting on a boat like a hermit. On the other hand I do have the little furry guy with me...and he may not like that plan.
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despatis Premium
As long as it matches with your cruising and adventure lifestyle, why not Chris ...
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