Working from home: the pros and cons

April 7, 2020

Working from home is now the new norm, we've all been asked to work from home to save lives and protect our NHS. Working from home might seem like something new and unprecedented, however, working from home and remote solutions have been around a while now (we first started seeing these in 2008 2009) this isn't a new phenomenon, it's something widespread and refuted.



Unfortunately, many companies still adopt traditional working environments, in which an individual is still required to utilise traditional "office methods" despite the fact that we're living in 2020 (the year of the flying car) it seems the traditional office environment workplace culture remains resilient. Obviously, managers are concerned as they are unable to manage their teams remotely. How can they keep an eye on what their staff are doing? How can a manager manage someone with a physical presence?


All of the aforementioned concerns are fundamentally incorrect and hold no substance. Teams can (and have already) been managed through video streaming platforms. All manner of work, tasks, documents, roles, duties, and all other work related services can be obtained through Microsoft Cloud and Google Drive. So, work files can be accessed remotely without the need for a physical presence - there is absolutely no need to attend a physical office in 2020.


Research suggests that staff are more productive when they work from home, this is because of increased flexibility, better environmental factors  (less cars on the motorway addresses Global Warming) they are able to start working immediately (no transport delays) and should a staff member fall ill, then can potentially work from home during sickness. Ultimately, this can result in increased productivity, a  higher return from your human investment, and increased staff morale.


From an employer perspective, the company can save money by not having a physical building with overheads (this means the company can cut costs) this can therefore result in increased profits, and better prices for customers. As a business owner, we all know how fundamental it is to cut costs and remain competitive in our industries. 


Overall, the advantages of working from home clearly surpass that of working in a physical environment. If so, then why is it so frowned upon? Because, unfortunately, many managers and business owners are stuck in their old ways of working, the vast majority are reluctant to introduce alternative remote solutions. Unfortunately, the  presenteeism culture is still alive and kicking in the UK.


However, as we now put more faith into our our tech, it is evident that issues can arise, and without a solid IT department on hand, working from home can bring it's fair share of challenges. IT support is crucial now more than ever, if  your laptop, PC, or tablet starts to malfunction, you are then incapable of doing your job.


During the Covid-19 pandemic,  we've seen a rise in people bringing desktop computers home, however, the issue here is that some people don't have the office space to do this effectively, or aren't able to access Ethernet cable ports in a suitable locations (desktops are not wireless remember) therefore setting up work from home offices can be a serious challenge for some.


At this current time, we're recommending that all companies that ask their staff to work from home provide laptops with built in WIFI and dedicated software. This is because some people don't have the capacity, or environment suitable to set up desktop PC's from home. Laptops are portable and be moved around with ease, whereas a desktop cannot be moved around with such ease.


We're advocating the use of mini USB WIFI devices (these are USB sticks that give your desktop WIFI access) that way you can connect to your home broadband remotely without a LAN cable. This would then free up room in your personal household, and prevent the need to have a wire running half way across your living room. While desktops are considered great for some, one vital disadvantage is that most desktop PC's run from LAN cable only, they do not have WIFI access. It is therefore essential that companies asking their staff to work from home should provide them with a portable laptop, or a desktop with a dedicated USB WIFI adaptor  installed prior.


The truth is, It can be problematic dealing with a situation in which a work computer isn't working and your IT team isn't at hand, but  such incidents already occur in traditional office environments! 


We've included a work from home checklist for you to follow, this is a very basic image that details the main components required to effectively work from home uninterrupted. If you have any further concerns regarding this, please get in touch.


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