Last month, I outlined the advantages of telecommuting, some of which were decreased stress and a reduction in oil consumption and therefore carbon emissions. Here are some of the disadvantages:
Not everyone can keep themselves focused. Some people find that being at home causes too many distractions. People must treat working from home the same as working from the office. They should have a dedicated work space and all the necessary equipment. Printer, phone, computer, whatever is needed.
Telecommuters should have a strong understanding of the technologies available to them. They should be able to use email, instant messaging, telephone systems, conferencing systems, etc. It’s important to stay connected when you’re working from home because your coworker can’t just walk down the hall when they need you.
Teleworkers will need to find ways to collaborate remotely. Some people feel that most productive meetings happen when everyone is in the same room. There is technology available to overcome this: Skype for Business offers screen sharing and white board options, so everyone can be looking at the same thing at the same time.
Overall, these obstacles can be easily overcome. I am a huge advocate for Telecommuting, and I think it solves many more problems than it creates.
Brandi-Ann Moore, PEI