A lot more people today are opting to work remotely rather than working in an office. While this does seem like a tempting idea, it may not always be advisable if you care about your long-term health.
According to Time, around 43% of Americans are now employed in ways that they have to work remotely, at least in part. In fact, a Harvard and Princeton study has found that alternative work arrangements had already increased from 10.1% in 2005 to 15.8% in 2015.
There are many pros and cons of working remotely, and health is on the list.
The most obvious benefit is the fact that you are saved from the rigors of a daily commute which means that not only are your stress levels lower than those with a more traditional job, you also have more time on your hands to hit the gym and make nutritious meals! The sense of satisfaction from work is also greater as you are able to schedule your work according to your convenience.
But there is a downside to it as well. In a lot of cases, working remotely or as a freelancer does not provide a guaranteed or steady income. Even the independence that it brings might not suit all of us as making all the decisions is not something everyone is comfortable with. This leads to anxiety which can impact both mental and physical health. In fact, depression is not uncommon among those who work remotely.
While there are many steady jobs which offer a guaranteed paycheck while giving you the option to work remotely, it still takes away in-person social interactions which are an important aspect of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
In addition, working as a freelancer often does not come along with retirement benefits or health insurance. You can get both independently, but many freelancers fail to do so due to limited finances or the availability of appropriate options for their situation.
The pros and cons should be weighed carefully before opting for a job that allows you to work remotely.
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