Have You Got What It Takes For A “Working From Home” Job?
What seemed a ludicrous idea only a few years ago, has now become a viable option for more and more employers. With companies jostling in the ‘War for Talent’ and employees spending many hours commuting or sitting in the ever-growing traffic jams, while desperately trying to find that elusive ‘work-life balance’; could “Working from home” be the answer? With all the advancement in technology and broadband speeds now faster than ever, logging in from home sounds like an idyllic option, but is it for you?
Below are some questions which may help you decide:
- Self-Discipline? An enormous amount of discipline is required; no-one is looking over your shoulder but would you work as efficiently as if they were? You will need to keep to strict working hours, planning what your ideal working day should look like and adhere to it.
- Autonomous? Would you be comfortable working on your own with only your goldfish or a neighbour’s barking dog keeping you company? Many employees could not survive without the camaraderie that offices provide and the social aspects that come with it, could you?
- Work Space? Do you have a quiet, distraction-free space to work? A place where at the end of the day you can close off and not enter until the following morning separating your professional and home life?
- Problem Solving? If your Wi-Fi goes down have you the know how to troubleshoot the problem with your company’s IT dept., or have a backup plan to relocate to a nearby Wi-Fi friendly café, library until the problem is solved?
- Communication? Would you be happy reporting back to the office hourly or daily? What reporting structure will you and your boss need? Will you need to go back into the office in person weekly? Ensure you and your employer are clear on this from the outset.
Wherever you decide to work always remember “The best place to work is a place where you can be your best.” Rosalene Glickman, PhD.