SURVEY SAYS: Negatives of Working From Home

I feel blessed to be able to work from home, but there are some downsides to it also.

By Rebecca Moore | April 24, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “If you worked from home all the time, what do you think would be the negatives of doing so?”

The biggest negative chosen by responding readers was “lack of social interaction with coworkers” (62%), followed by “lack of connection with coworkers” (55.7%) and “the feeling of not knowing what is going on in the company” (45.6%).

“Eating more because there’s easy access to food” was selected by 27.8% of respondents, while 24% each selected “not moving enough because you’re stuck at your desk” and “interruptions from neighbors, children or pets” and 20.2% chose “feeling there’s no excuse to not work when sick (unless severely sick).”

“Other” negatives, cited by 38% of respondents, included lack of separation from work and home, working more because access to work is always there, temptation to do other things such as chores (or reading or watching television), lack of social interactions (not just with coworkers), not meeting new co-workers, lack of access to office tools/technology, difficulty managing staff, and “too quiet.” Many of these were cited by a handful of respondents.

In verbatim comments, a couple of readers expressed the feeling that people who work from home don’t’ work as much. I can tell you from experience, it is just the opposite, and many who left comments said they also work more when working at home than in the office. Commenters also cited perks of working from home, such as fewer distractions and no commuting. There were also some suggestions for countering the negatives of working from home. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “I'm an introvert. Working from home might turn me into a hermit.” 

Thanks to all who participated in the survey!