Is There a Downside to Remote Work? 5 Considerations

For many people, working remotely, from home, has become the new normal. Gone are the days of the commute and water cooler conversations. Instead, many employees have been in a home office, at their kitchen table, or in a local coffee shop, completing work. While it sounds ideal in theory, there are a few downsides to working from home. These include:

What is the Downside to Remote Work

Blurred lines.

When you work from home, it’s hard to keep a strict boundary between your home and work life. This means you can actually end up working more hours for the same amount of money. Whether you’re checking your emails and responding after hours or catching up over the weekend, this can lead to more work and less balance in your life.

Social isolation.

Some people are lone wolves and enjoy being at home alone. For others, though, working alone has become a source of stress. Not only is work-life balance lost, but a feeling of isolation has been on the rise. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and a host of other mental health issues. Working from home can also increase a sense of loneliness and boredom.

Gender gap.

For many working moms, being at home has been ideal. They’ve been able to earn a paycheck and continue with their careers while meeting the needs of their children. Overwhelming, though, their male counterparts are in the office. This can exacerbate issues with pay and promotion, causing an even greater divide between men and women.

More meetings.

Working from home leads to a lot of meetings, whether you’re on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or a different application. This eats up a lot of time and can also leave you feeling drained. As your brain grows more tired, it can impact your ability to think clearly, get work done properly, and spot mistakes.

What’s more is that according to research, it takes around 15 minutes to get back to your pre-meeting productive state. So if you have a day filled with meetings at home, it’s going to take more effort and time to get your work done.

Less collaboration and brainstorming.

Meetings online can feel awkward and cumbersome. Sometimes there are technical glitches that can get in the way of productivity. Other times, there are lags in the speakers or video, which can impact the ability to be creative and problem solve. When you’re not on-site, in the office, there are also no spontaneous meetings or conversations. Everything is pre-planned and timed out, which can limit collaboration.

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