There are many benefits to working from home. This aspect of mobile working is one of the most common in the marketplace today. People who choose to work from home generally have embraced the mobile working lifestyle with both hands. They know that they can use technology affectively to improve their productivity and efficiency while being at home. So they jump into the situation with both feet and look forward to a fantastic time at home, away from all the stresses at work, and generally a better life overall.
There are issues around working from home too. There are aspects of the process that you need to look at carefully if you are to get the best out of the situation. We will look at some of those aspects in this post today. While there are advantages to working from home, there are issues that you will need to be careful to avoid.
A slight downside
One thing that some people feel is a slight downside to working from home is the social aspect of working in an office. This can be easily managed by getting out more. The best mobile workers meet fellow colleagues and friends on a regular basis. The coffee shop is a great place to do this, and it means also that you're not spending all that time on your own. It also does plenty of good things for your health too. Network as much as possible and meet the people that you care about as much as possible too. This will prevent you feeling that you are on your own when you are working. This is a serious issue, and can be one of the problems associated with mobile working. Take the time to socialise and you should be fine.
Linked to this is the social skills aspect overall. It is actually quite common for people who work from home too much and don't get out and see anyone to feel a little bit limited in the social interaction stakes. This means that they may lack certain social skills if they are not careful. One way to avoid this is to stay in touch with other people as much as possible. Don't just have a Skype chat all the time with colleagues, arrange to meet managers and other colleagues at least once a week so that you can catch up on the latest office gossip and also stretch those social skills to the max.
The final aspect you will need to take care of is distractions. If you use a computer when working at home, and the majority of us do, then you need to make sure that you do not have any distractions in front of you. Stay off the Internet unless you have to be on it in other words. Distractions can kill vast amounts of time, so you need to be wary of this.
So those are some of the caveats that need to be looked at carefully when you are working from home. It can be very rewarding, but you also need to ensure that you keep on top of the important aspects as outlined in this post.