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The Pros and Cons of going remote

Carolin Henkelmann











Going remote has a lot of advantages for both - employers and employees. But there are also issues that are difficult to overcome. Is remote work something for your business? Find out with our pros and cons.


PROS

1.Work-life balance benefits

It is possible to do some sports in the middle of the day, take a hot shower afterwards and go back to work in the afternoon. Also, no one cares about phone calls, a doctor's appointment or a freshly cooked meal for lunch. Remote work is also an opportunity having kids with both parents working. It just makes the day planning flexible and relaxed.


2. No commuting time

Everyone hates it. Being stuck in traffic or even worse waiting outside for public transport regardless of wind and weather conditions every morning and evening. When working remotely your employee just has to go from the kitchen to the workroom. This saving of time means more sleep and therefore more productive work.


3. More engagement

Employees have the freedom of working at their most productive times. This could be at 7 am in the morning or 9 pm in the evening. Choosing their own working hours gives them the possibility to figure out when their most efficient working time is - which is also a benefit for the employer. Besides, how often do we have the greatest ideas in the shower or during housework? Those ideas survive because the working desk is only a few steps away.


4. An unlimited talent pool

Remote working means unlimited access to the best employees on earth and for remote workers the possibility to have their dream job without giving up friends, house or the place in the kindergarten. It makes everything local and reachable.


5. Saving money

Every seat in an office is expensive. It just saves money to have employees working from their home offices. And that often comes down to the salary of remote workers.





"Communication via emails often leads to misunderstandings"


CONS

1. No control

It requires a lot of trust. You can't control how many hours your employees actually work and how serious they are about it. Of course you can check the results, but you get no impression of the working style.


2. Communication suffers

Communication via emails often leads to misunderstandings and therefore more work and frustration. Also, it just takes more time to send thousands of emails instead of just talking to each other in real life for two minutes.


3. Distraction is everywhere

There is so much food in the fridge, plants to water and the comfy bed only about 10 meters away - and no pressure to resist. Working remote needs lots of discipline, not only because there are distractions everywhere but there are no people and superiors who can see one being lazy. Furthermore, seeing other employees work is motivating itself. Or even to just pretend to be leads to real work.

4. Worse teamwork

Today there are technical solutions like TeamViewer and Slack that bring remote workers together, but it is still not the same as seeing someone in person. It is impossible to drink a beer after work and get a real connection. Team colleagues often become close friends because they spend a lot of time together and often have the same interests. That is a real benefit for the working atmosphere. Remote working makes it a lot more difficult to have a productive team spirit.


5. No separation of work and life

The line between work and life becomes blurred. On one hand there is always personal stuff in the head that takes away concentration when working in the home area. On the other hand there is no clear closing time because tracking the productive time of the day is difficult. There always appears the question - did I really work enough today? This guilty conscience leads to answering emails in the evening instead of relaxing or spending time with family and friends.





These pros and cons expose that remote working can be great but is not suitable for all companies and employees. If you go for it, make sure to gather all your employees once in awhile. Remote working was never simple. However, today there are many helpful tools that can be used - like Slack for team chatting, Asana for project management, Google Drive for cloud storage and collaborations and STAFFOMATIC for interactive work scheduling. Im really interested in your opinion. Do you have further questions or comments? Please leave them in the comment field.


Carolin from the STAFFOMATIC Team

Carolin from STAFFOMATIC

Carolin takes care of our blog and content and gives you advice and tipps on how to better manage your employee scheduling

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