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The Pros and Cons of Remote working

Daniel Brown

Remote working is becoming a viable option for more and more people and can have some great benefits, but how do you know if it’s the right step for you to take? We’ve laid out some of the benefits of offices and home-offices so that you can work out what’s best for you.


1. Save Time

Forget commuting to work every day. You can push back your alarm and adjust for the time it takes you to get to work. And you can choose to save the time it takes to look presentable, no choosing outfits, ironing shirts, or applying makeup. However, some people find they are more productive when they’re dressed to impress. Just make sure you’re prepared if you need to jump on a video conference.

2. Save Money 

Not having to travel to work means not requiring fuel, or public transport. This can be a huge regular expense, so cutting it out can make a real difference. You'll also save money on food and drink, not needing to get lunch on the go, you'll be able to use ingredients at home to make proper meals for less. Just be wary of snacking now that your kitchen is only a few steps away.

3. Family Time

You can have breakfast with your family and help the kids get ready for school. If you're able to concentrate on the task at hand but be there if your child needs you it will be great for your relationship. There's also no chance of getting stuck at the office or held up in traffic and missing dinner, ensuring you can spend maximum time with your loved ones.


1. Human interaction

Conversations are much easier face-to-face, being in the office is great for working as a team. Emails can come across a little blunt and you might just not be communicating as effectively when you're at home. Anybody who’s been on a conference call knows that collaborating tends to be much easier when you’re all gathered round the same table.

2. Ready for the evening

It's not always easy going from working at home to relaxing at home. When you leave the office and drive home, it gives your mind time to separate work from your spare time. The commute home is a chance to move on from the day you’ve had, pick up groceries and ensure you’re not walking round the kitchen mumbling about deadlines.

3. No Distractions

It's one thing to avoid looking at your phone at the office with everybody working around you, it's another challenge altogether to ignore the TV with nobody around. There are many distractions around the home, so working from home requires a lot of discipline. You need to be confident that you can focus on the job and get tasks done on time.

As a company committed to utilising technology to its potential, we’re happy to offer a number of flexible working options in our IT teams. If you’re interested in working for Capita, view our vacancies here.

Read our related blog: Flexible working vs higher salary

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