A remote job is one that is done away from the office in a remote location. This could be either work done from home, or work done on the road in the case of a job such as a Regional Salesperson.
If you want to jump into remote work with both feet, it’s really important to ask yourself if the pros outweigh the cons.
Pros of Getting a Remote Job:
- No commute: your once dreaded commute is over, no more traffic or annoying rush hour subway rides
- Your own schedule: Nobody is watching. Want to watch Netflix at 11:00 a.m. on a Monday? Go ahead, no one will know. Depending on your job function, you can work when you want to.
- Work anywhere: you can work literally anywhere. I work on my back deck when it’s nice out, but some people choose to work in a different country every few months.
- Family time: If you have kids (or a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) you’ll have more time to hang with them. Obviously, you don’t want them to invade your workspace, but work flexibility allows for more family (or dog) time.
- Costs: Commute costs are nil. You can also say goodbye to $13 salads for lunch and say hello to the supermarket for a cheaper breakfast and lunch.
- Office stress and distractions: No one is stopping by your desk and distracting you from work. No office drama with remote work.
All of this sound so great and efficient. But wait till we have burst your bubble.
Here are a few cons of getting a remote job:
- Loneliness: I once had somebody tell me that “working at home alone is a good way toward sadness”. I actually agree. Working 5 days per week completely alone can get lonely.
- Overworking: Seems like underworking would be the problem here…right? In reality, more people struggle to divide home life and work life, resulting in a never ending work day. Burnout becomes very real, very fast, if you fall into bad work habits at home.
- Underworking: Depending on your personality, overall work ethic, and love for your job function, productivity can actually drop in a remote environment. If direct supervision motivates you to get work done, working from home might kill your motivation.
- No “water cooler moments”: Some say that creativity and innovation can happen at impromptu moments at work. Being physically close to coworkers creates more interpersonal communication. Some of these moments are lost with remote work.
- Limited team social activities: Some companies are partly remote. For example, maybe only 10% of the workforce is remote. When everyone goes out for a happy hour, you and the other remote team members might be too far away to join. feelings of seclusion ensue.
Remote work is not for everybody, some people really thrive in an office environment, and others thrive working remotely.