Deciding to implement and hire remote workers does not have to be a difficult decision or hard to implement or enforce there are many pros and some cons too. Here Lucy Lyle, the co-founder of Perch, has given some pros and cons to ponder.
Flexibility: Work-Life balance is important and working remotely allows for more flexibility. You can set your schedule and work from anywhere with an internet connection, as long as you meet your deadlines and work around the time zone your employee is located in.
Increased productivity: Remote workers don’t have to commute and can have fewer distractions than their office counterparts. This enables them to have more time to focus on their work and thus more is done in less time.
Cost savings: Remote work saves employers on rentals and utilities and employees on commuting and childcare. It can be cost-effective in that clothing budgets can be less and for employers refreshments such as coffee can be a large monthly saving
Lucy Lyle had this to add: “As a remote employee, you will also get to determine your work schedule. This leaves you more time to run errands, do activities with your family, exercise, and pursue hobbies.” Lucy Lyle continues to note some of the cons of working in a remote position can include:
Isolation: It is not easy for some employees to be isolated from the team or office and this can be a disadvantage. Not having collaboration and co-workers to bounce ideas off can harm some remote workers.
When working together to communicate on projects, challenges occur when there are misunderstandings due to not being face-to-face. Often these are difficult to navigate and overcome in a virtual environment.
Finding a work-life balance is not as easy as it sounds when there are no clear boundaries and employees find themselves working extra-long hours and facing burnout.