Remote work has been increasing for quite some time now. In fact, between 2005 to 2017, people working in this setup in the US increased by 159%.
Also, the pandemic has forced a lot of companies to transition to work from home.
Like any other work setup, it also has its pros and cons. Read on to find out what are the pros and cons of remote work.
It lessens your greenhouse gas emissions.
When you work remotely from home, you lessen your carbon footprint because you do not have to commute. In fact, according to Global Workforce Analytics, if everyone would transition to a work from home setup, it would already lessen emission by 54millions tons in a year.
Moreover, the transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions on earth. In fact, in 2018, 28.2 % of all greenhouse gas emissions came from the transportation sector. Now, imagine if people would lessen their commuting every day.
A Flexijob survey found out that remote workers are more productive when they’re working from the house, compared to in an office. The reasons? Less stress from commutes, fewer office politics, and fewer distractions.
Save Time and Money
People who work from home don’t have to commute and face traffic so they can work in the office and go back home from the office. In fact, a US commuter spends and an average of 226 hours a year only for commuting. Also, people use a lot of money on subway fares, gas, and parking.
Now, imagine being remote, not only does a person lessen their commute time, but they also lessen the money they’re paying for fares and gas.
Communication is one of the most important things when collaborating at work.
That is why communication is more difficult when people are not together physically. That is why it is crucial to have an efficient communication system between the company and its remote workers to ensure they can still work and collaborate well despite the distance.
People who are remote are more susceptible to cyberattacks than the ones working in the office. One, they are maybe using their own laptops or PC, which has a chance of not having enough security, compared to the one’s used in the office.
Also, people who remotely work and travel or stay in different places and use public networks have higher cybersecurity risks. This is because many public networks are usually unsecured.