Companies today are moving more towards a modern way of working, like working from home. With more advanced collaboration tools emerging, there are more options when it comes to ways we work.

Ten years ago, if you asked your boss if you can work from home, you might have gotten the side eye or just a blatant response of “no.” According to the Huffington Post’s article Why The Work From Home Trend Is About to Explode, about 2.8 percent of the workforce works from home, and 50 percent of the workforce has a job that allows them to work from home at least part time. Although most Americans tend to favor the benefits of working from home, there are pros and cons to consider when working outside of the office.

Pros

  • There is no commute, saving time and money—especially for employees that work far from their office
  • You can dress as you please, no one cares if you stay in your pjs (as long as you are not on a video call)
  • Beneficial for working parents who have to care for kids and offers a better work life balance
  • Reduces the amount of interruptions from co-workers, employees, and eliminates office noise

Cons

  • Must be self-disciplined and focused when you are in your home environment, it can be easy to get distracted by other home factors
  • There is limited human interaction with coworkers which can cause feelings of loneliness when you are by yourself all day
  • It is easier to become overworked making it harder to shut down completely
  • Work relationships are harder to foster when you lose face-to-face connection, and you maybe more disengaged with your colleagues
  • There might be a disconnect in communication when you are not present in the office compared to your peers who are present, and can lead to a change in direction for certain projects.

Looking at the list of pros and cons, you really have to determine your own needs as a worker to see if working from home is a good option for you. Are you someone that easily becomes distracted or craves human interaction? If so, working from home might not be the best option for you. However, if you enjoy working in silence and lose concentration easily due to office noise, working from home may better suit you. Whether you work in the office or at home, Bluescape fosters a collaborative environment that no matter where you work, it is easy to communicate and share information with team members.