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What are the advantages and disadvantages of teleworking?

May 10th 2022

Remote working is a combination of the results of years of innovation in computers, internet and software, and the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has made teleworking a fundamental element of business.

The benefits of this measure, both for the worker and for the company, are remarkable and to a large extent explain the recent boom in teleworking, which, although many companies had begun to implement it, it was not until this pandemic that it became a necessary element for corporations.

Although the advantages of this way of working are notable, there are also disadvantages, so what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The return to face-to-face work has become a challenge, as 93% of workers did not want to return to the office after months of teleworking, due to the numerous advantages it entails, among them the following:
 

1. It facilitates family reconciliation:

Teleworking is a great advantage for those employees who are parents, as the fact of not having to travel to a specific workplace, where a large part of the day is spent, gives the worker more time to spend with his or her family.
 

2. Environmental ally:

Throughout the pandemic, the reduction in commuting generated a very positive impact on the environment. During the pandemic, reduced commuting had a highly positive impact on the environment. In the city of Barcelona, CO2 levels were reduced by 51%, teleworking eliminates commuting and thus the ozone footprint of each person who commutes.

3. Saving time and money:

Not being obliged to come to the office generates great time savings for the worker, especially if they come from far away. This also helps to reduce stressful situations, such as delays in public transport and therefore more time can be devoted to personal life, which increases the quality of life and the employee is happier and more enthusiastic.

4. 
Personalised workspace

One of the most valued advantages of teleworking is the possibility to design one's own workspace. You can decide where to work, if you want more or less light, if you want music or not, if you want everything tidy or if you want to live in chaos, the excuses disappear because everything is your choice.

5. 
Chosen silence.

Working in an office means extra concentration, there are outside conversations, calls or constant noise that makes it difficult to keep the focus on something in particular. For this reason working from home favours concentration and little distraction, as you focus all your attention on one task, thanks to this you become a more productive worker.
 

As a counterpoint telecommuting also has disadvantages and some of them are the following:
 

1. Feeling of isolation:

The lack of a work environment, as well as the lack of face-to-face relationships with colleagues, can make the worker feel isolated and that he/she is not part of a whole. This can lead to an emotional disengagement of the employee with the company and therefore a loss of desire and involvement.
 

2. Difficulty in disconnecting from work:

The place of work and where the free time is spent is the same, which can lead to difficulties in disconnecting from work and confusing moments of work with moments of rest.

Taking into account these advantages and disadvantages, which do you prefer? Working at home or working in person? Anyway, if you are tired of your current job or you are looking for an opportunity, do not hesitate to visit our website here, where hundreds of offers are waiting for you.

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