Written By: Maggie Brown (maggiethe_journalist)
As of March 2020, many companies, and their employees have opted to leave their cubicles and enjoy the luxury of working remotely.
According to LinkedIn, “data projections show that 25 percent of all jobs in North America will be remote by the end of 2022, …. [and] this trend is projected to continue in 2023.”
The attraction to working remotely seems to be more about the freedom it supplies employees and the ability to skip the long commutes to and from work.
A few other benefits are…
- The ability to work from anywhere at any time. – How cool is it to work from the comfort of your home on a rainy day or from a beach in another state/country on a sunny day? Sounds great, right?
- Work/ Life Balance. – If you are a parent, and you are tasked with taking your children to and from school, how easy would it be to just run back home instead of rushing to and from an office while dealing with rush hour traffic? On the flipside to that, if you are a parent of a toddler or newborn, you could save money on daycare, and you do not have to trust a stranger with your child. That is a solution where everyone benefits.
3. Skipping Awkward Run-Ins with Co-workers /Alone Time. – As much as we all love to have small talk at the coffee machine in the morning, let us be real … sometimes it can be a little awkward. Plus, if you are a person that likes to work alone, working remotely is for you.
4. Ability To Work for Companies in Other States/ Countries. – Not everyone wants to move to another state or country for a job. Working remotely gives employees the choice to live in one place and work another without moving away from family and friends.
5. Skipping Outbreaks/ Avoiding Outside Germs. – Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, and the Monkey Pox outbreak in 2022, many employees would rather stay at home than to risk themselves and their families health.
Just like any other decision in life, where there is a pro, there is a con that affects the decision-making process.
Some of the cons can include but are not limited to not having immediate access to others in case of a work-related emergency, or not having that in person interaction with other adults (if that is your thing).
Working remotely is not for everyone, but if it works for you, go for it!