3 Reasons Working from Home Might Not be for You

There have been multiple studies touting the benefits of remote work. From an employee standpoint, it offers more flexibility, a better work-life balance, and greater overall well-being. 

It also has a positive impact on productivity and happiness, which is why so many businesses are letting more employees work from home. 

However, it’s not the same for everyone. 

Working from home has some major disadvantages that should be considered before you decide whether it’s the right option for you. On paper, extra flexibility looks great, but it doesn’t always produce a perfect work setting. 

So, how can you determine whether working from home is right for you or not? Let’s take a look at some of the disadvantages so you can make the best choice for your career.

1. It Can Be a Lonely Experience

We’re living in a world where it’s easy to feel connected to others without leaving your house. Things like video calls, text messaging, instant messaging systems, and email all make it possible to communicate throughout the workday. Now, thanks to cloud-based programs, you can even share documents with remote co-workers and work on things collaboratively without seeing each other in person. 

However, there’s really no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Some studies have shown that remote workers miss having a sense of community and a shared purpose

You might also experience a lack of growth if you’re not working directly with others. For example, it’s not uncommon to have a mentor in the workplace – someone you can look up to and learn from, so you can continue to climb the ladder in your company. While it’s not impossible to have a career mentor while working from home, it’s often more challenging. You often miss out on the socialization needed to truly connect with someone and fly under their wing. 

Additionally, you might start to feel a sense of sadness when you’re working by yourself all day. Loneliness can cause a lot of mental and physical health issues, including: 

● High blood pressure

● Heart disease

● Anxiety

● Depression

● Weakened immune system

Some people thrive on working alone and will do just fine in a quiet, solo setting. However, if you’re someone who loves connecting with others and making your work as collaborative as possible, you might be better off in an in-person setting.

2. A Strained Work-Life Balance

In many ways, working from home can improve your work-life balance thanks to increased flexibility. However, you have to have the right mindset, and a strong routine to make it work. 

Far too often, remote working leads to irregular hours or procrastination that can force you to work late into the night. Obviously, that’s not healthy for you, but it also takes away time from your family and friends. When you fall into those habits, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and burnt out. 

There are things you can do to stay energized throughout the day, so you’re less likely to burn out or feel too exhausted to get things done. Some of the best ways to boost your energyinclude:

● Taking frequent breaks

● Eating healthy meals and snacks

● Staying hydrated

● Managing your stress

● Using supplements 

● Exercising

It’s also a good idea to find a routine that works for you. Consider waking up at the same time each day and getting ready to go to your designated workspace. Work for a specific number of hours each day, then “quit” so you can enjoy the rest of your life. When you have a more established schedule, you’re more likely to stay focused and not risk your work life creeping into your personal life. 

However, for some people, creating a routine like that is easier said than done, especially when there are many distractions at home. If you feel like you wouldn’t be able to keep a strict routine, you’re likely better off working somewhere in person.

3. Distractions Galore

We touched on the risks of distractions above, but it’s worth repeating. 

If you’re sitting at home right now, take a look around. What are some things that frequently distract you throughout the day? Maybe it’s the television in the living room. Maybe it’s your phone sitting on your desk. Or, maybe it’s your kids, spouse, or roommates. 

Home is a place of comfort, so it’s normal to be distracted by things. Unfortunately, that can take away from your productivity and cause extra stress. 

There are things you can do to combat those distractions. Having a designated office within your home is a great way to make it feel like a “separate” place. Additionally, taking frequent breaks throughout the day can boost your energy and improve your focus. However, if you know you’re someone who gets distracted easily or you’re tempted to watch television or scroll through your phone, working from home might not be for you. 

If you’re deciding whether to work remotely, weighing out the pros and cons is essential. While there are many benefits to working from home, keep these potential issues in mind, so you’ll have a better idea of what your next step in your career should be.

Indiana Lee

Indiana Lee lives in the Northwest and has a passion for the environment and wellness. She draws her inspiration from nature and makes sure to explore the outdoors on a regular basis. Indiana loves experiencing new things and sharing with others what she learns through her writing. You can chat with Indiana on twitter @IndianaLee3