4 Things Nobody Tells You About Working From Home
Being able to work from home is the ultimate goal. You won’t have to spend hours commuting, you can organize your own time and the only colleague you’ll have to annoy you is your dog. While there are a whole range of perks that come with this work arrangement, there are also a number of cons that you often don’t hear about.
If you are finding the work from home thing tough, know that you are not alone. Here are 4 things that nobody seems to tell you about the whole working from home arrangement.
1. People won’t respect your work time
This doesn’t happen intentionally, but that doesn’t mean it’s not problematic. People will assume that because you are home, you must be free –pick up dry cleaning, to call the electricity company, to socialize. It is hard to get people to understand that you still need to dedicate time to your work as there are outcomes you must meet. Many people get so caught up in the freedom of flexibility that they entertain all of these ideas, only to find themselves working to midnight every night to make up for the missed time. You need to find a balance that works for you and put boundaries in place when necessary.
2. It can be lonely
When you’re working in a team environment, nothing sounds better than working from home where you won’t have to make awkward small talk with the colleague you have absolutely nothing in common with. The reality, however, can be isolating. Electronic communication just isn’t the same as having people working alongside you, no matter how frustrating some days can be.
3. There are distractions everywhere
You might think that you can be more productive at home without the distractions of people and meetings. While this can be right sometimes, there are also a lot of things in your home that are just waiting to grab your attention. Kids, pets, laundry, cleaning – you name it. There will be things every day that you have to fight so that you can get work done.
4. You will become responsible for the majority of domestic duties
While this is another things that’s not always intentional, it does tend to occur. You are home the most so you automatically seem to assume most of the housework, regardless of the fact you still have to work. Yes, you have reduced (zero) commute time but that doesn’t mean you have all this time to do chores.