You might have received an offer to work remotely for a promising start-up company but not entirely sure if it’s worth leaving your office job for.
You might be wondering if working from home is for you, or if you’re an office gal through and through.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider on choosing the best work environment for you:
Scientists have found that there is a link between the time you spend commuting and your job satisfaction. They say that the 20 extra minutes of daily commuting equals the negative effect on job satisfaction as getting a 19% pay cut.
Consider your average commute times to the office or to your nearest co-working space and decide if it’s something you’re willing to go through every day.
Commute isn’t an issue if you work from home. The extra time you save from traffic jams can be used elsewhere – more me-time, do chores, or spend more quality time with family and friends.
Perhaps you want your day to be more fluid instead of a structured nine to five – then you need a flexible work environment.
Working from home does that for you. You have the power to organize your day according to your priorities and still be on top of your deliverables and deadlines. You define your hours and get the job done at your productivity peaks regardless of time.
3. Dress Code
Depending on your industry, profession, or location, most offices require their employees to adhere to a certain dress code. Interestingly, there is a study that shows any company that enforces a dress code is seen negatively by 61% of people looking for new jobs.
Still, there are some of us who do enjoy dressing up every morning and appreciate the everyday opportunity to look smart and classy.
However, if this is something you can’t be bothered with, then you might want to consider working from home or in a coworking space. No one is going to tell you what to wear or take a pay cut if your outfit is not up to standards.
4.You Have To Take Care of Others
If you have a dog, a newborn, or an ailing parent that needs to be looked after – working from home is the best option.
This arrangement allows you to take short walks with the dog, breastfeed, and assist your grandmom to the bathroom throughout the day while still keeping score with your KPIs.
While most offices do observe the law mandating paid maternity leaves, you have to think about the long run where you come back to a nine to five job and be a parent after hours.
This depends hugely on what industry or position you work in, but on average both office and remote jobs have the potential to pay well.
Perhaps what you need to consider in this area is which work environment will allow you to optimize and minimize your cost of living.
6. Productive Environment
Where you do what you do is just as important. Your workspace should be free from clutter, noise or distractions and allow you to be as productive as possible.
Offices are specially designed for this and do this exceptionally well. So if you need to be in the zone and work undisturbed for hours, then an office is the right choice for you.
This can be replicated at home by setting up your own home office – however, you can’t always control your space. If you live in a busy area, or if your apartment building isn’t quite done yet, there’s bound to be a lot of honking and drilling noise surrounding your workspace – which can be annoying and distracting.
Another option is to lease a desk in a nearby coworking space where you can focus and be on “office-mode” as long as you need to get the job done.
Pro-tip: Pick a top three among the factors in this list and determine which work environment best solves those issues.