If you are considering a telecommute, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Telecommuting has some great obvious benefits:
- Reduces fuel cost
- Reduces cost of dining out
- Prevents vehicle wear and tear
- Saves time
- Reduces stress
- Allows greater freedom
- Allows for less distraction in some cases
Telecommuting has some drawbacks:
- There may be a deficit in being aware of changes and conditions at work
- There may be somewhat of an overall professional disconnect
- There may be somewhat of a social disconnect
- You may grow lax in some areas
Some impact can be positive and/or negative:
- You may feel self-employed to an extent
- You may feel able to make more decisions somewhat independently
Questions to consider:
- Are you better suited to working in an office with others?
- Are you better suited to working alone?
- Would a hybrid of the two work well for you?
Telecommuting is generally a great blessing, particularly if your transportation options and resources are limited or problematic, but you should consider the pros and cons, in order to give and get the most out of working remotely.