Employers often allow their employees to work from home, as long as they have a steady internet connection that provides access to the company’s network, shared files, email and printers.
Employees can use the company’s email system to keep in touch with the office. There are however other ways of communicating. They can:
- transfer their office phone to their personal phones
- browse the intranet to keep up to date with things happening the company
- have meetings using video conferencing
There are advantages and disadvantages to working from home for both the employer and employee.
|No travel costs or time wasted travelling to and from work||It can be lonely working from home and they may not feel part of a team|
|Working in the comfort of their own home||There are arguably more distractions at home than in the office|
|Option to work for a company hundreds or even thousands of miles away||It may prove difficult to separate work from home life|
|Able to spend more time with their family|
|No need to provide employee with a desk or computer if they choose to use their own||Harder to check what employee is up to|
|Employee may be happier working from home and do more work as a result||Employee may not feel part of a team and might end up doing less work|