Examining Both Sides of Professional Environments: Office Life and Work From Home

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There are very few elements of society that were unscathed by the effects of the pandemic. The way we work, consume, socialize, and learn has been altered, forcing changes in routine and giant steps outside of comfort zones.

On the bright side, stepping outside of your comfort zone typically manifests a positive change, allowing us to experience growth and promote outside-the-box thinking. For many workforce members, the shift from in-person duties to work from home brings new opportunities and a fresh outlook on life.

Depending on specific roles and duties, members of certain organizations were allowed to remain in their regular roles. Others converted to full-time remote indefinitely, and in some cases, permanently altered certain job descriptions. These scenarios have their advantages and disadvantages, which we’ll examine in the following article.

Benefits of Work From Home

Employees forced to shift from in-person duty to remote work no doubt had to adapt to many changes. Much like any major occupational change, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to the situation. Benefits of work from home include:

Advantages of Work From Home

  • There’s no daily commute to and from work every day.
  • Individuals working from home have the benefits of scheduling flexibility.
  • You can work from any location that allows internet access.
  • It’s a great opportunity to work on self-motivation and discipline.

Disadvantages of Work From Home

  • Lack of workplace social life
  • More dependent on technology

Thankfully, you can counter the disadvantages of remote work by having solid internet or cell phone access. Teleconferencing and video chat options bridge the gap created by the lack of face-to-face contact with coworkers.

The estimate of half of the workforce converting to remote duty means that the other half are still hitting the office every day. Let’s take a look at the other side of the token.

Continuing Working in Office

About half of everyone employed in the United States still participates in-person, at least part-time. There are specific pros and cons to working in the office as well.  

Advantages of Office Life

  • There are more opportunities for collaborative work.
  • The possibility exists for a more optimized workspace and more resources.
  • Greater opportunity for new contacts and business links
  • Better communication via face-to-face interaction

Disadvantages of Office Life

  • There may be higher levels of distraction.
  • Some workers may feel greater levels of stress or pressure.

Because of social distancing and the adoption of more private workspaces, the normal distractions in the workplace may not be as much of a factor. Additionally, a new focus on performance management and employee wellness has led to better mental wellness for the modern employee.

Driving Positive Change

Regardless of your professional environment, the ability to remain in your chosen industry should be considered a blessing. Many individuals are in a position forcing them to shift their trade.

If you’re looking for a fast track to a new career, Southern Careers Institute in Texas provides the education and hands-on training you need to get back to work. Diverse learning opportunities await new students looking to enter a new industry.

Some people work better in person, and some work better from home. This concept applies to learning environments as well. SCI offers in-person and online programs to meet the individual needs of each student. If you need a reliable option for new career training, we invite you to learn more about SCI’s online programs.

This article was published on: 02/17/22 1:10 AM

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