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    Default Pro's and Con's working from home

    Covid pushed a lot of us to working from home - and with product like MS teams, it works well.


    What would you say are the pros and cons?
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    When we were in higher levels of lockdown, I worked from home some days in the week.

    I did not like it at all.

    I have too little discipline and I don't want to mix work time with home time, besides neighbors dogs likes to yap all day long if owners are not there.

    Also, the fridge is stocked with... well..... BEER, and that is dangerous
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    Covid pushed a lot of us to working from home - and with product like MS teams, it works well.


    What would you say are the pros and cons?
    I really think companies should allow people who CAN work from home, to do so.

    They can also save on bogroll, electricity and refreshments.

    I unfortunately cannot work from home.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    For me,

    Pro's:

    • Less traveling (although I have no idea where the money I am saving actually goes. Perhaps more snacks?)
    • Better work/life balance (when my day ends, I am already at home)
    • Unseen office politics, annoying colleagues etc. are not near me to disturb me.
    • I'm a smoker/vaper. Kinda self explanatory
    • Dress code! Shorts, T-shirt and barefoot in summer is amazing!

    Con's:
    • Work seems to think that because you already home, one can have virtual meetings before/after offical hours as 'you no longer travelling so that time is available'. I have not had this many meetings between 7am and 8am and 4:30pm and 5:30pm since, ever.
    • I do miss the flow of conversation and problem solving think tanks we used to have with colleagues. Zoom or MS Teams is simply not conducive enough for free flowing conversation.
    • I had/have a very very nice head office. Shops, coffee vendors, services etc. all available under one roof. Now I need to do all of that myself in my own time.
    • Working from home has actually messed up my entire routine.



    *Edit: This is by no means a critical analysis. Simply what came to mind
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Pros:
    • Less time spent commuting
    • Less cash spent on fuel
    • Can put washing on, keep working, then quickly hang it up (and similar type of tasks)
    • Dog is happy, walk her morning and lunch usually
    • More time to hike in the morning and get back as work starts
    • More work getting done, no distractions (no kids and SWAMBO goes into office everyday)
    • Home for deliveries
    • Shorts + vest(optional)


    Cons:
    • You don't work from home, you live at work (dependent on the person)
    • More money spent on electricity/water/coffee/tea etc.
    • View from the office, could see from Sir Lowrys pass to Milnerton beach + Table Mountain
    • Less socialising with work colleagues
    • Available food, will power can be weak!
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    My stepson is still working from home. He's a software developer. The company he's working for, is saving millions ito office expenses.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    I got confirmation today that even whenever this whole state of disaster passes our HR won't just force everyone back to the office. We will be able to run a Hybrid system where you are allowed to work dynamically from home or Office, depending on what the needs are on the given day. Documentation and meetings, WFH. Support on the production line, you will have a space to be able to be there.

    I see a benefit to both setups as well as drawbacks. I for one am very thankful to at least have the option of both going forward.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Pro's:
    • No 1 hour daily drive, on a good day, in Cape Town traffic
    • Save thousands on fuel.
    • Ability to vent immediately when something goes wrong and not needing to crop it up. Neighbours (also working from home) might have something to say though.


    Con's:
    • Easy to fall into trap of working longer hours.
    • Not being able to have some face-to-face time with key resources.
    • More trips to the cookie tin.


    Personally, I love working from home, especially as my employer provides back up power for my internet during loadshedding AND they actually pay 100% of my internet as well.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    After 16/18 days for the last 25 odd years of my career it has been great to spend more time with my wife, it has done wonders for our relationship and our communication has improved 10X.

    I am disciplined, my work is always done but there is time in between to do stuff around the house, go to the shops etc. I save 2 hours a day in work and back travel. If I goof off to much in a day I can recover the lost time in the evenings.

    The worst part has been having to rely excessively on social media, video calls etc. I am a face to face person and like to converse in person with people, read their body language and understand the full scope of the dialogue.

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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Quote Originally Posted by Juddvdb View Post
    Pro's:
    • Dress code! Shorts, T-shirt and barefoot in summer is amazing!

    Yeah, now that is for certain. But, when I sit like that at the desk, I just dont feel like working, I feel like leisure-ing (is there such a word) anyhow its hard to describe, but being used to dress and go to the office every day for the past 27 years, old habits die hard I suppose.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    I was at home for all of a week before I started coming back to the office. I dont get this working from home setup, a significant part of our interaction in the office is by chance. We dont do formal meetings and I will often walk into a conversation around the coffee machine, add my 2c and move on and vice versa, you cannot do that via teams. Add to the mix that we are a manufacturing company... you cant run a cnc machine or assemble a hoist via teams

    SWAMBO has not set foot in the office since the first lockdown, it works for her. Productivity is up for her team and she has freedom to drop and fetch kids etc etc. Downside is there is drift in the office hours because the laptop goes on at 6am and is often still on at 6pm, but the freedom during the day and not having a commute more than makes up for it.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Can't work from home.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    I LOVED working from home. I was far more productive.

    - No annoying interruptions from colleagues too lazy to think for themselves. If they phone it's a real work focused conversation.
    - I can get up and go throw a ball for the dog and then sit down refreshed which helped me focus.
    - I could flex time which I can't normally do. I could start at 6 am and have time to braai after work. Or start at 9 and finish by 6.
    - No quickly having to go to the more senior person's office and do some task they don't feel like.
    - 2 additional hours in the day.
    - Saved a few thousand in petrol expenditure.
    - General wellbeing not arriving at the other end ragged from the crazy way people drive, thankful and somewhat surprised that I'm still alive.
    - I have no window at work. I never know what is going on weather wise. At home I could hear birds (and feed them), open or close the door.

    I don't think there were any disadvantages for me. I just went in once a week to trade documents. I would love it. Sadly my employer would never even consider it.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Pro: Fridge at home



    Con: Fridge at home

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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    I LOVED working from home. I was far more productive.

    - No annoying interruptions from colleagues too lazy to think for themselves. If they phone it's a real work focused conversation.
    - I can get up and go throw a ball for the dog and then sit down refreshed which helped me focus.
    - I could flex time which I can't normally do. I could start at 6 am and have time to braai after work. Or start at 9 and finish by 6.
    - No quickly having to go to the more senior person's office and do some task they don't feel like.
    - 2 additional hours in the day.
    - Saved a few thousand in petrol expenditure.
    - General wellbeing not arriving at the other end ragged from the crazy way people drive, thankful and somewhat surprised that I'm still alive.
    - I have no window at work. I never know what is going on weather wise. At home I could hear birds (and feed them), open or close the door.

    I don't think there were any disadvantages for me. I just went in once a week to trade documents. I would love it. Sadly my employer would never even consider it.
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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    I work in advertising, its pretty essential for the creative process that there is face time together, which is made really difficult with working remotely.

    We were in two days a week, but not its all working from home.

    My issue is the training of juniors. The seniors are there to train and direct, and a lot happens between meetings. Those corridor conversations, or those, "Hey I had an idea" 5 minute meetings just dont happen anymore. Poor juniors are struggling I have found, and also when a new person comes into the agency, he needs to be relationships with people and that just doesnt happen as well remotely.

    I thought I would enjoy working from home, but I honestly prefer working from the office and being around energised and creative people, otherwise, I just sit and stare at my computer all day and that is actually killing my human connection which is so important for adverting in general.

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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Pro's - no traffic, that's where it ends.

    I've done it for 6 years, i'm at the point where i'm not enjoying the place i'm suppose to call home. Not in the mood for braai's, or having people over. I miss routine, but not traffic.

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    Default Re: Pro's and Con's working from home

    Pros: Save fuel and time spent in traffic.
    Cons: Too many distractions allowing you to procrastinate and you cannot leave your work behind after five as you can at the office.

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    Pros: Easy access to snacks
    Cons: I got fat
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    I cannot confirm or deny that I have once or twice made an appearance in a virtual court sitting with a pt broek in 2020
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