Working from home has changed the way we function at home and work. It has drastically changed the landscape of work-life balance. For some, it has been a positive experience. For others, it has been a terrible undertaking.
Most people have a balance of good and bad impacts on themselves and their families. Not only has work changed, but we have changed as a result of working from home. Here are just a few ways that we have all changed as a result of working from home.
Time With Family
When working from home, you have more time to spend with your family. You may have more time in the same space as your family, but is it quality time?
When parents work from home and see their children more, they may take it for granted and not be engaged as much as they should be or as they were before working from home. When you spend a significant amount of time with your family, it can cause burnout.
Cost of Child Care
When working from home, you may feel that you do not need child care and can save money on it. However, just because you are home does not mean you are able to care for your child’s needs.
If you are working, you must be focused on work, which can take time away from your family. As a result, your children may not be getting everything they need. It may be best to arrange some child care for some of the time.
When working from home, you tend to be more productive and spend more hours working. This also means that you may be less likely to acknowledge your child standing next to your desk.
It is easier to delay reading an email, and you should when your child wants your attention. You may also find yourself more distracted by all the things you have to do at home, like laundry. You may be more easily distracted in meetings.
About half (54 percent) of 2,004 Americans surveyed admit they have judged their colleagues’ office decor or furniture during virtual meetings.
There is definitely a potential for saving money by working from home. You do not have to buy clothes for work. You will not spend money on gas. You are less likely to buy coffee or lunch out. All of these are money-savers for you.
However, you may also lose money from working at home. You may not have as much work available to you. Your employer may cut down the number of hours you work. You may have to look for a different job that allows you to work from home.
Online shopping is right at your fingertips. You are more likely to do more shopping. This could impact your finances and your credit. About one-third of all Americans have poor credit.
When you work from home, location matters less. This may open up many new jobs for you. You might even be able to find a job that pays you more money.
However, there are some downsides to working from home online. You lose some amount of connection with your employer and co-workers. When they cannot see you, they may be less likely to turn to you for assistance.
Handling family business outside of your job may become slightly easier. You may have to find care for an elderly parent, look for a summer camp for your children, or settle an estate.
When in the probate period, a personal representative will oversee the process from start to finish. Most of this can be done in a virtual environment.
There are many pros and cons to working at home. It has changed the way we function while at home. If we are aware of these changes, we can ensure we utilize them to our advantage.