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What are the pros and cons of teleworking?

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Pros: don't get to interact with annoying people. Save money on food and fares.

Cons: don't get to interact with decent people. Don't get to eat out and stretch your legs.

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Pros - always at home

Cons - unbalanced strength in right arm

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Cons - unbalanced strength in right arm

Ummm, is that all you're doing???

I telework 1 day per week. I agree with Toasted Heretic. I enjoy some aspects of the office such as having lunch with friends and getting yakitori on the way home.

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I enjoy some aspects of the office such as having lunch with friends and getting yakitori on the way home.

Aye. Still, I don't miss the politics of office life, the bs management would feed you and the relentless pressure. Especially when more and more redundancies happened and the workload would increase without a change in wages.

Ah, but the heady brew of capitalism had me intoxicated for a few years. Back in the day. Especially with the perks and freebies.

I hang my head in shame at the thought of it all.

I look forward to the autumnal years, listening to opera on a tinny transistor radio, whilst fishing for supper on the shores of some far flung island.

Yes.

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I'm self-employed and work from home. The biggest pros are no commute, always being home to have dinner with my family, and starting work when there's work to be done and finishing when its finished.

The only real con has been a significant reduction in social interactions. Probably one of the reasons why I've started posting on here.

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@Shipwrecker: do you also have unbalanced strength in your right arm?

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I agree with much of the above. When I worked in a Japanese office, the most stressful thing in the world was sometimes pretending to be busy when I was bored out of my mind. I am fine doing nothing, but pretending not to do nothing while I'm doing nothing.

That said, the small office I worked in in the US was almost like working at home. No set hours, if there was nothing to do we would just go golfing. The flip side was that there was often worked at the crack of dawn or in the middle of the night.

Home is great. Though there are sometimes too many distractions, easy access to snacks, and the lack of co-workers to keep me on my toes, doorbell, telephone and people assuming I have free time because I am at home.

The lack of work-related social interactions is good and bad. Bad that there are fewer social interactions, but good that I don't get trapped in the lazy group-think and group-habits that always seem to develop in those situations.

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@reckless: No, but only because my wife also often works from home.

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The pros is that you will be relieved stress such as commuting in the crowded public transportation, getting busy in deal with family member, children in particular, innthe morning. The cons, I think, is that you might be less communicative in business field because of lacking of the opportunity to have person to person conversation even though you have telecommunication tools.

I'm teaching English at high school, so I want to try teleworking, but I don't know whether it works or not.

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Was expecting people to say this but one clear advantage of teleworking is that you're going to be judged by your output alone, presenteeism will not work.

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Interestingly i get many of the benefits of teleworking just by working flex time. I start at 8, finish at 4:30. Trains are relatively empty at 7am/before 5pm, and i am home just after 5pm giving me plenty of time to interact with my family. I also only have 6hr span of dealing with the other colleagues, plus i am away from all the snacks and sweets that i have at home.

Having said that, i have toyed with the idea of switching to full telework for 6 months/a year, and doing a very long road trip with the family. I could work on the road as long as i have internet access!

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Pros-people don't laugh at me doing yoga and aerobics while listening to Richard Simmons in my full body tin foil suit

Cons-people don't get to see doing yoga and aerobics while listening to Richard Simmons in my full body tin foil suit

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Pros: Almost everything. Love working alone, commute is 5 seconds from the sofa to the computer, eat and drink whenever and whatever I want, no bosses to look at, and can keep an eye on the kids if they're home from school.

Cons: Don't get to see all the cutie girls working around the office.

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Pros-so many I cannot list them all

Cons-None.

I work from home 3 days per week. Hoping to make it 4.

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The cons, I think, is that you might be less communicative in business field because of lacking of the opportunity to have person to person conversation even though you have telecommunication tools

I understand the point, but I find the telecommunication tools make person-to-person conversation easier in some ways. I've been teleworking for about 20 years, and I now have friends around the world who I've never met in person, but communicate with regularly - some almost daily. In addition to work-related stuff, we share family news, make jokes, curse the boss, etc. But I guess it depends on the nature of the work.

The important thing is to make sure the camera on the computer is switched off. Then you can relax with your teeth out, unshaven, and last night's beer bottles on the table behind you.

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