Many of us have fantasized about kicking back on the couch with our laptop—you don’t need to worry about commuting, annoying coworkers, or your boss breathing down your neck! Then again, working from home might not be ideal for everyone.
While the appeal of working from home is less stress, working from home can also lead to feelings of isolation. What feels like freedom can quickly become loneliness. According to psychologists, for many people an ideal work environment requires feedback and encouragement. Getting immediate feedback is easier at work than at home—even using telecommuting technologies doesn’t replicate real face-time with peers and managers.
Working from home is better for self-starters and requires both creativity and serious time management skills. Some people prefer, and work better in, a social setting. Even for dedicated workers, it can be difficult to achieve a healthy work-life balance when you’re literally working on the couch. It’s tempting to run personal errands or utilize the comforts of home when, well, you’re already at home. According to experts, this can make it hard to “turn off” at the end of the day. (Talk about taking home the office!)
We split out time between the office and browsing the Internet…I mean, cranking out articles…at home so, trust us, this isn’t as easy as you might think. Try and set up a home office. Don’t just work in bed or on the couch. It becomes harder and harder to unwind at the end of the day if you associate your personal space with work. People with mental health concerns might be better working in an office with accommodations than working from home all the time, where it’s easy to disconnect from your coworkers and your job. Always make time for yourself and practice self-care—no matter where you’re working.