9 of the most challenging things about working remotely, according to people who do it
- Working remotely can seem like a dream come true for many employees sick of their morning commutes - but it can present its own set of challenges.
- Loneliness, time management problems, and digital miscommunication are just some of the problems you may face if you work from home or have another remote arrangement.
- Here are nine of the most challenging aspects of working remotely, according to remote workers.
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More and more people are working from home these days - or at least from a local coffee shop or coworking space. Between 2005 and 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work, according to a recent report by Global Workplace Analytics.
But not everyone talks about the challenges of doing so, from a lack of a structured routine to fewer social opportunities for social interaction and rapport-building with coworkers."Many business leaders think that 'going remote' is as simple as sending a worker away from the office, equipped with a laptop and a to-do list," Laurel Farrer, founder of the Remote Work Association and CEO of Distribute Consulting, told Business Insider. "Unfortunately, it's not that simple. In fact, when the correct policies and procedures are not created to support off-site employees, terrible consequences are likely to occur."
She said these may include career stagnancy, isolation, micromanagement, or burnout, and that transparency is the antidote to this problem.
We asked people who work remotely to share the most challenging aspects of their work arrangements. Here's what they had to say.