Advantages and Disadvantages of Working From Home
Statistical reports from 2014: the UK
Let's have a look at the statistical data taken from Office for National Statistics.
In 2014 in the UK there were 30.8 ml people employed. From January until March 2014 there was recorded a number of 4.2 million people working from home (13,9% of working people in general). It was the highest rate of people who work from home since 1998. Out of this number 1.5 million people worked at home and the rest used their living places as the base, but performed job in different places.
Figure 1: Home working rates by regions across Great Britain.
Source: Office for National Statistics
What is interesting is that the number of people working from home is constantly growing from one year to another. Moreover, people there is working from home are considered to be more skilled in economic terms than people working in the offices.
Out of 4.2 ml home-workers:
- 14,8% were senior officials or managers;
- 35,2% were professionals or associated professionals;
- 23,5% were working within skilled trades.
People working from home are usually working on their own. Contrasting these two groups, 7% of non-home workers were self-employed compared with 63% of home-workers. Moreover, older people tend to work at home - 16-24 years old people constituted 5,1% of home-workers while for 65 years and older it was 38,3%. In 2013 the highest rate of people working from home was noted in the South West region of Great Britain reaching 17,1% and in comparison, the lowest rate in number of home workers was in Scotland - 10,7%.
Why work from home?
Every change causes some consequences. If you want to work from home you have to change some of your working habits. Moving office to your house will definitely influence your lifestyle.
The research shows that people who work from home tend to:
- Be more relaxed - because no one is controlling them as they are usually their own boss;
- Be more organised - because they have to plan their everyday in order to finish everything on time;
- Have more time for their family and children as they don't need to spend time on travelling and preparing to work;
- Save more money on commuting, office clothes, parking tickets, etc.;
- Be more smiley because they don't have to deal with angry customers or annoying coworkers;
- Feel more powerful and self confident because of being their own boss.
It's not that colourful as you think
Apart from the good aspects of working from home, there are as well some disadvantages. Most of all you will:
- Worsen contact with your friends from work;
- Feel more isolated and lonely than before, because you will be only limited to the people you live with - which means no interactions with people from the outside world;
- Struggle with organising and accomplishing everything only by yourself - there will be no one around to help you or push you to take an action;
- Have some health issues because of limited time spending outdoor and sitting/laying position most of the time when working.
It's all up to you, whether you want to be an independent person, who are working from home and don't have to tell anyone what you are doing in relation to your job or you'd rather keep in contact with people different than your relatives. Think in which environment you feel the most comfortable and productive. Don't be scared to change something - unless you try, you won't know!