In the advent of COVID-19, people are advised to stay at home and the workforce were unable to commute or travel to and from work, in order to stop the spread of the virus. This resulted to the adaptation of many companies of the work-from-home (WFH) setting. Working from home means that we should be making a room or space inside our home and convert it to a little home office to keep us in focus even though we are at the comfort of our home.

Advantages of Work-From-Home Set-up

1. Better Work and Life Balance

            Since the WFH setting allows us to do our job elsewhere and has flexible work schedules, it means that workers can start any time of the day they want as long as their work is completed before the day ends with a good outcome. People has control over their work schedule and has more time in attending to the needs of their personal and family life.

2. Less commute stress

            Having a job means that one must travel to and from it every day as long as you work for them. We may not notice but commuting waste so much of our time which can be a lot when we add it together. The time wasted may be put to good use in order to finish more task or spend more time on more important things.

3. Money Savings

            Previously, working requires you to commute, eat meals, parking fees and even buy your professional wardrobe. The pandemic made It impossible to do all those things, so your money is spent on other important things. Since you are just at home, you don’t need to spend so much except for the essentials. Hence, this is the time you should probably add more on your savings as to have money when an emergency arise.

4. Positive environmental Impact

Less travels means less gas combustion and less office work means less paper used. The pandemic may have caused us to halt our normal everyday lives, but it has a great effect on the environment. It was reported to decrease the greenhouse emissions so much that its equivalent is around 600,000 cars taken off the road. That is a huge number!

5. Increased Productivity and Performance

            Working from home actually have less interruption, office politics, a quieter environment and has less meetings. The decrease in the distractions and the flexibility of time leads to a more productive outcome and better performance.

Disadvantages of Work-From-Home Set-up

Like everything else, WFH set-up shares its fair share of disadvantages too. Here are some drawbacks from working from home:

1. Increased Isolation – This may not be true for people with families, but this may be the case for the others. Isolation from working from home can bring about loneliness and may also trigger some mental health issues especially since we are in a pandemic.

2. Increased level of stress – Your home is your safe haven. This is where you can let go of everything else, but WFH means that you are working at your safe haven. This may cause burn-out and may increase work-related stress that may cause your job to suffer.

3. Additional costs – you cannot work at home without putting up your own home office. Some may already have this, but majority of the working population are used to working in the high-rise building. Buying the basics, such as a laptop or computer, is quite expensive. Remember to be thrifty and keep your costs low by only spending on things that are a need in working at home.

4. Workplace disconnect – Communicating online may disconnect you and your coworkers as you have less time to see each other face-to-face. This may decrease your access to information and lose the teamwork you built for the past few years of working at the company.

5. Less Face Time – As much as the thinking of being at home gives us a sense of comfort, we are still hungry for attention and conversation with other people. Face-to-face interaction gives us a chance to see, feel and hear their reactions to different stories that we talk about everyday.