Published On: Tue, Jun 6th, 2017

Disadvantages Associated With The Work At Home Culture

Work at home is definitely growing in popularity at the moment. Whether you are looking for the top 10 ways to make money online or want employment options from companies that go for remote staff, it is important to understand that the advantages of working at home are not the only side of the story. That is why everyone should consider the following.

Culture Differences And No Community

Developing camaraderie is very difficult when no face-to-face meetings happen. Such an interaction is normally lost through work at home culture. You cannot substitute this and it can be a really big problem in jobs that are collaborative in nature. It is possible to use tools like video conferencing but this will not do much to create a team community. Also, cultural differences can lead to big problems that would not be solved because of the lack of interaction.

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Lacking Or Difficult Communication

Many language problems can appear but they can generally be solved with ease. What is more difficult to solve is faulty communication. Working at home means all revolves around how the team members communicate. When they come from different cultures and have training that is not generalized, problems tend to appear. If communication is faulty the results are not going to be as great as they could be. Extra overhead and coordination cost will appear with the remote workers. This is rarely factored into financial assessments.

Low Retention And Reliability

There are many industries in which remote people would not be a really good fit. For instance, in content strategy work if you focus on remote staff there is a pretty god possibility results are not going to be as great as they could be. A remote worker tends to see every job as being a new stepping stone towards something bigger. That is why team spirit is really hard to develop. A remote worker will feel zero guilt when moving to the new opportunity. Retention rates thus become lower and relying on a remote staff can be a recipe for disaster for so many companies.

Accountability Problems

Evaluating remote worker productivity is difficult. When the company culture revolves around both non-remote and remote workers, it is hard to maintain and manage accountability. How the staff works is hard to monitor, just as deliverables. Procrastination can so easily go out of control. Monitoring status is a necessity. Holding remote teams accountable is hard since much more micromanagement is necessary to be sure everything goes as it should.

Difficulties With Logistics And Payments

Last but not least, with remote workers there is a pretty good possibility that international payments are going to be necessary. This can be hard to manage because of various facts from tax problems to how remote workers want to be played. If time zones are different it is often seen that meetings need to be held at hours that are not at all common for the way in which people are used to do work.

With remote staff it is possible that legal problems would appear. Employers can be affected because of business presence through permits, taxes and so on. Companies can have problems because of the labor laws that have to be respected. Logistics need to be properly managed whenever hiring a remote staff.

Author: Lolita Di

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