On that inadvertent lazy Monday morning, you decide to leave a text to the boss, stating the reason of why you could not show up to the office. Somehow you could manage to get yourself a leave. A leave that you got by offering compensation of finishing required tasks from home and achieving so called targets, because you never wanted to face the feeling of being guilty on the incessantly arriving Tuesday.
Working from home are in various other cases like those of freshers who, after graduation do not apply for jobs at all and end up freelancing and start selling their skills developed from their interests and hobbies. The reasons to dwell at home while doing your work are many. You may be thinking you could earn enough while warming that computer-chair by not incurring bucks in travelling. The similar perspective is towards the time involved, when you thought of being more productive by not spending enough time in travelling. Well, that’s awesome but here’s what you are missing out while you are typing, writing, e-mailing, clicking and creating from home.
1. Losing out the drive to work
It’s basically not an opportunity lost but it can mean as important for the people who worship work. According to the science of motivation, we lose out on working productively due to shortage of dopamine in our brains, which is meant for happiness. The dopamine level rises if there is enough appreciation of the work you do. But, at home you have nobody to give you the review of your work, no appreciator. And let’s face it, at home you are not in a competent environment. All you will feel is great about yourself because you do not tangibly see people who work with a greater force, skills and knowledge, capable of being banked for the upcoming promotions at office.
2. Losing out your own Brand
Imagine a person having strong personality and charisma along with reputation across the office and imagine a person who lazily works and sends e-mails from home. The only differences are exposure of you to the office and vice versa, the reasons of promotion and the social-image. To fill this gap, you need to start appearing at the desk rather than stretching on the sofa.
3. Losing out the Network of people
An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” So, work hard, but along with the people in your network. You lose these people as helping hands in working on your project along with you, if you have decided to work from home. Another perspective is that very less people choose to work from home, because nobody wishes to lose out the opportunity to connect with those in the higher hierarchies and those who are directly or indirectly associated to the industry you are working in, as able listeners to your elevator pitch for they know you as the office goer more closely than you as the home sitter.