Remote workers have a lot to love about their jobs.
They can be more productive because there are fewer interruptions and less worries about what's happening at home.
They can pop dinner in the oven on a lunch break, give a child a hug after school and finish a report for a client during the time they would have wasted in frantic rush-hour commutes.#beatstraffic
But it's not all rosy. There are the age-old predicaments of juggling tasks — like petting the dog while providing coherent input on a conference call. #barkingprevention It can feel lonely and isolated.
And sometimes it seems like the world conspires against them — when the person in the coffee shop without an electronic device takes the seat near the only electrical outlet. #lowbattery #ihateyou
Telecommuters, however, shouldn't complain too loudly, especially to those still fighting traffic or public transportation.
I know, because I'm one of them. We can wear what we want, eat tuna and talk to colleagues simultaneously and even make new friends, like the old-timers at the coffee shop whose voices somehow provide just the right background noise. #perks
- 80 to 90 percent of US workers want to telework at least part-time
- Regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 103 percent since 2005 and 6.5 percent in 2014 — the largest year-over-year increase since before the recession.
- 3.7 million employees (2.5 percent of the workforce) now work from home at least half the time
Tricia Sciortino, president of virtual-assistant company eaHELP, based in Cumming, Ga., works from home as does everyone else in her company. One of the best parts for her?
“I can craft what my day looks like,” she told CMSWire.
The hard part? Striking a balance. Relaxing. The temptation to be plugged in at all times.
“It’s harder to shut your day off when you work from home,” Sciortino said. “You find yourself constantly dabbling in work day and night. That was a big lesson for me. We teach our employees to worry less about doing their job and more about overdoing their job. Make a mental goal to shut down.”
Ultimately, like anything, working from home is a love-hate thing. You try to do more of what you love, and avoid the stuff you don’t love.
We polled a few people on Twitter about their remote-working existences:
Now, it’s your turn. What do you love, and what do you hate about working from home?
Title image of Staff Reporter Dom Nicastro's dogs, Crasher (left) and Twix.