Advantages and disadvantages of working from home

28 APRIL 2022 - AUTHOR: MAURICE STEENBERGEN

The advantages and disadvantages of working from home

Since the corona outbreak, we have received more and more requests for home working solutions. Working from home was first made compulsory by the government in order to contain the virus, but it is expected that many companies will continue to include working from home as a fringe benefit. After all, it has great advantages, for the employee and the employer. But there are also disadvantages to working from home. In this blog, we discuss these advantages and disadvantages of working from home.

 

Even before the corona crisis, working from home was popular in the Netherlands. 1 in 3 Dutch people already worked at home in 2018, making the Netherlands the leader. And even though many people are now going back to the office, it is expected that working from home will remain possible at many companies.

 

The benefits of working from home

  • Trust

When an employer allows his employees to work at home, he shows that he trusts his employees. He trusts the employee to start the working day on time and to be productive. In this way, you create a safe working environment.

  • Sustainable

It's obvious, but working from home is sustainable. People are driving and flying less, video calls have become the norm. Only for business-critical meetings, people still come to the office. This way, theCO2 footprint of a company is much less.

  • Employees are more satisfied

Employees are happier if they can work from home one or more days a week. It saves them a lot of travelling time and they can finally take their time to write that report without interruption. There is also a better balance between work and private life. You can easily receive that package that was delivered, do the laundry or arrange your working hours a bit more flexibly. And employee satisfaction reflects on the employer.

  • Lower absenteeism due to illness

First of all, working from home lowers the threshold to call in sick in case of (minor) health complaints. 62% say they continue to work at home in the event of such complaints. Working from home also means less travel time and traffic jams. This reduces stress. You can stay in bed a bit longer and finish work at 5pm and be home immediately. You can skip an hour of frustration in a traffic jam. In addition, you have less contact with other colleagues, so if there is a flu virus, the reduced number of contact moments will ensure less spread of the virus.

  • More productive

It turns out that home workers are much more productive than their colleagues in the office. 92% say they do as much or more at home than at the office. It is quieter to handle phone calls or write important documents. Up to 70% of home workers therefore experience working from home as positive. However, people are more productive when they have a well-equipped home office. Think of good hardware/internet connection, a good chair and a quiet workplace.

  • Less office space required

If employees work at home part of the time, the company needs fewer workstations and therefore a smaller office. It is very rare for everyone to be in the office at the same time. This can result in considerable cost savings for the employer.

 

The disadvantages of working from home

 

  • Good workplace is essential

At the office, everything is usually well organised. You have access to a height-adjustable desk, a good office chair, a fast internet connection and good hardware, such as a laser printer and a fast computer. This is not always the case at home. But that is essential for productive and carefree working at home. It can also be difficult to combine with small children. They don't understand that mum or dad spend all day behind the laptop and have no time for them.

  • More difficult separation of work and private life.

We hear and read a lot about people who find it more difficult to end the day. People often work longer at home. It is easy to check a few e-mails after dinner.

  • Tricky scheduling

Of course, you can take the dog for a walk or fold the laundry. But in between there is work to be done. Not everyone has the discipline to go straight back to work after the break. The temptation to do small jobs around the house can make you less productive.

  • Less contact with your colleagues

It is logical, if you work alone at home, you have less social contact with your colleagues. Of course you can always phone, but that's not the same as chatting over coffee or having lunch together. Some colleagues disappear from the radar and become a bit lonely. The contact between employer and employees decreases, which can make employees feel less involved in the company.

  • Different image of the home worker

The employer has a different perception of the home worker than of the office worker. The home worker is often judged more strictly than the office worker. If you do not finish your work in time, the employer will (perhaps wrongly) think that you have worked too few hours. It also appears that outworkers are less likely to be promoted. This is because the boss sees them less.

 

Home working solutions in stock

Are you looking for a solution for your homeworkers? Maxicom has a warehouse of 5,000 m2 from which we can deliver many home working products from stock. Check our webshop for our stock. Are you a business customer and do you need more than is listed in our webshop, then please contact one of our account managers.

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