Is it better to work in-office or remotely?

Wednesday 10. 2018

It’s one of the common day conundrums of the business world and an ongoing debate in our present day… Is it better to work in-office or remotely? There’s pros and cons to both, as there is with everything; but does one outweigh the other? Let us investigate.

Is it better to work in-office or remotely?

To settle the debate, lets weigh up the pros and cons of working in office or remotely.

Working in-office

Working in-office is certainly the more common choice amongst the two.

Though freelancing and working from home are becoming more and more popular options, typically desk based jobs are more usual. But what about the pros and cons of the working in-office? How does it compare to its modern counterpart? Let’s look at some benefits, and of course some drawbacks too.

Pros

  • Allows for better cohesion and communication with the team. You cannot beat conversing face to face.
  • You can work collectively in a team, and at any given time rather than having to schedule in a video call.
  • Some feel more comfortable and more motivated working within an office environment.
  • Working in the office allows for a more formal and strict time regime, as opposed to working remotely where your hours may be out of the ordinary. Some people can lack motivation when straying from a routine.
  • It is said to bring the benefits of being surrounded by like-minded people, meaning you will be more comfortable within your working environment.
  • You’ll be working within a professional area. This is much better for meetings and talks with your peers.

Cons

  • Some may feel constricted by the typical ‘9-5’ office regime.
  • Working in an office usually means dressing smart, which not everybody feels comfortable with.
  • Occasionally, you can face tensions and disagreements with co-workers when you are all working within the same space.
  • Working in office can potentially be distracting (if you have particularly conversational peers). 

Working remotely

Working remotely or freelancing is becoming increasingly popular as time precedes.

It boast flexibility, which appeals to many such as working mums or full time students. This option is not as commonplace as working in-office, but is certainly becoming more ordinary as time goes by. But, would working remotely be right for you? We’ve explored some of the pros and of course the cons of this modernistic approach to working life.

Pros

  • It’s much more flexible and doesn’t typically have to be a 9-5 job. A lot of people prefer this idea as they can choose which hours work best for them. 
  • Working remotely works well for those with busy lifestyles as you can take breaks such as your lunch break at a time that works for you (typically).
  • You can usually work from within the comfort of your own home.
  • There are no guidelines on how to dress as there sometimes are in the office. This means that freelancers and work-from-home employees can dress however comfortable they see fit. Sometimes, this is beneficial for productivity levels.
  • Working remotely often means you can be your own boss and you can choose how your day pans out. Many people welcome this kind of freedom and responsibility.
  • Increasing technologies are making it ever easier for freelancers to still feel involved in office life. Conference and video calls means that those working at home can still connect with members of their team both freely and with ease.
  • Collaborative software such as Google docs means that freelancers and their office counterparts can work on projects in real time cohesively, meaning that productivity can still be at its top.

Cons

  • Some would find that working remotely to come with too many distractions. Meaning that potentially, productivity can decrease.
  • Working from home means less interaction with your team. This could have the potential to cause underlying tensions or lack of understanding.
  • Some prefer the conformities of office life and struggle to get the same depth of concentration at home.
  • Working remotely is primarily based on the trust of your employer as there is no real way to know whether the work is getting done or not.

Overall, it can be hard to clearly conclude which of the two is better than the other. At the end of the day, it comes down to the working individual and what suits them better personally. Some may feel more at ease working at home, whereas others will be more preferable to the office life.

Whichever you feel would work better for you, we want to give you the opportunity to explore that. Get in touch with TMI Resourcing today and let us help you to find a job and working pattern which is right for you.