The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Friday 28 March, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has estimated that 5.6 million Australians over 18 years worked from home using the Internet in 2013. This includes people working from home instead of an office and people who work outside of regular hours from their homes. This included 51 per cent of all employed Australians at the time of the research. Of those employees, the ones with a university qualification bumped up the figure to a staggering 70 per cent.

For those who can be referred to as "digital workers", the main advantages of working from home were:

  • Increased flexibility
  • More opportunities to get work done
  • Tax advantages – you may be entitled to claim office equipment and utility costs
  • The ability to structure work hours around your own schedule and family commitments
  • No office politics
  • Money and time saved on commuting

Although most of the people surveyed (47%) did not identify any negative aspects of working from home, those who did found the following drawbacks:

  • Can be isolating and lonely
  • Family interruptions and household distractions can get in the way
  • Having to secure childcare for when you’re working
  • Lack of IT support
  • Must be self motivated and organised everyday
  • Difficulty separating work from home life
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