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Wherever you might be, you are aware that work from home is a new reality for a lot of people these days.
For some people, it’s a completely normal “been there, done that” thing. However, if you’re not quite sure how to feel about working remotely you are definitely not alone.
Work + home = A lot of misconceptions
Many jobs can be done from the comfort of your own home with a computer and wifi connection. This is precisely why numerous people (in normal circumstances) strive to work from home. They find it easier to maintain a balance between work and private life. However, people still have certain misconceptions about it.
Even though it is more common than it used to be, many still have some opinions about it that aren’t necessarily true. You might have learned this in the last couple of days or you’re are about to. We give you 4 most common myths about working from home.
1. Work from home means you’re free all the time
This is absolutely false. Because you have no strict working hours (at least in a way no one is looking at you), you can often find yourself working more hours than you would do if you were in the office.
People that work from home work nothing less than those who are working from an office. You have no strict boundaries when it comes to working hours and free time. So for people to assume that working from home means free time all the time, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
2. Work from home is stress-free
If some of the people from the office make you uncomfortable, working from home might help to reduce the stress. However, this doesn’t mean that you will be completely free from stress. It is as equally dynamic, and you have to bring your A-game regardless of your workplace.
This might mean even more stress than you would usually experience in an office environment. When it comes to experiencing stress, the difference really doesn’t have to be so big.
3. You can make your schedule as your heart desires
When you are working from home, it is actually completely opposite. At least for the vast majority. You need to adapt to your clients’ needs and then organize your time according to that.
That means you can’t plan things out the way you would like them to be. Of course, you have more flexibility than you would in the office, but it can be a double-edged sword. When you don’t have strict working hours, you might be expected to be available whenever they find it convenient.
4. It’s impossible to get ahead in your career when you work from home
The “out of sight, out of mind” rule doesn’t have to be true in this case. It depends on the company you work at. If you are dedicated to your work and always try your best, the results will speak for you.
It doesn’t matter where was the desk you sat at while doing the job. Your boss surely can’t ignore your good results just because you aren’t physically in the company.
To sum up
Working from home can really make life easier if you know how to organize and have a thought out system that works for you. However, it’s no child’s play. You will have to be just as dedicated, hardworking and ambitious as if you are in the office.