As you may or may not know, SDK has a few full-time remote employees. These individuals live across the entire United States spanning several different time zones. Some have worked remotely for many years while others have only worked remotely for a few months.
There are definitely some advantages and disadvantages to working remotely versus in a traditional office setting. SDK caught up with a few of its remote employees to get their take on the pros and cons of their remote work environment to share with you below.
• No commute – Commutes can be burdensome and can take away valuable minutes or even hours from your day just getting to and from work. Working remotely gets rid of that time lost to the daily commute and allows for the individuals to have more leisure and family time. Additionally, not having to commute allows for savings on transit passes, gas, parking, and wear and tear on your vehicle.
• Comfort of being in your own home – Not only do remote employees get to work from the comfort of their own home, but it also allows them to have their pets be their working companion. There is just something comforting about a dog laying at your feet while you work. It also allows for the freedom to setup your workspace however you would like without being limited to a cubicle or small desk area.
• Reduction in distractions – While there will be distractions anywhere you work, it is easier to control the distractions in your home rather than in an office setting. This allows you to block out time for big projects requiring your full attention without interruptions.
• Change of scenery – An individual’s stress level is more easily controlled when working remotely as there is the ability to walk away and take a break when work gets hectic, such as taking a walk outside or going to a coffee shop.
• Schedule flexibility – There is an added perk of flexibility in your work schedule when you are working remotely. Since you have the ability to break up your work throughout the day rather than specific set hours, you are able to take care of appointments and errands at home or away throughout the day if necessary.
• No physical separation between work and leisure time – If you’re working remotely from your home, there is no separation between when you work and when you are home. This can lead to overworking yourself and not knowing when to stop work each day to enjoy family time.
• Cost of setting up a home office – If an individual doesn’t have a home office already set up prior to working remotely, it can be costly to purchase everything needed such as a desk, desk chair, printer, etc. Employers can help negate this by supplying some of these items for remote employees or even reimbursing them for their purchase.
• Loss of living space – Due to having your office set up in home, you lose some of your living space that you could have used for other purposes.
• Remote work can be lonely – When you work from home, there is limited face-to-face interaction and it can be hard to meet people especially when living in a new city. Remote workers need to actively search for ways to meet people by networking and joining groups. Videoconferencing is a great substitute and has become a staple in SDK’s remote workers lives!
• Reliant on technology – Remote workers rely heavily on technology and most technology relies on internet. Therefore, if there is an internet outage or your computer isn’t working properly, your work basically stops until it is fixed. Additionally, if your computer isn’t working, it is a lot harder for a technology representative to fix it on the spot unlike if you were in the office with the technology representative a few steps away from you.
Obviously there are many pros and cons to working remotely, even more than listed above, but the SDK remote workers are very appreciative of the opportunity SDK is able to provide to them. Many employers are experiencing a remote work environment to keep pace with the ever changing employee landscape. While remote working is not necessarily an option for all employees or job situations, there are always new resources and options becoming available, and as situations change, it should be considered as a viable option for retaining existing employees or providing a benefits to entice new employees to choose you as an employer.