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To be or not to be in the office?
To be or not to be in the office?
In the current reality, more and more often people refuse to work in the office, choosing a home and freelancing. Is it that good? And are the famous words of the song “You are lucky, you are not like everyone else” are relevant today? Let's figure it out!
Let's start with the pros:
1. Team and communication
We all know that man is a social being. Therefore, in the digital age, we need real communication, not virtual. In the office, you do not have to sit alone at the computer all day. Communication with colleagues can not only give positive emotions, but also help in solving any difficult work task. After all, if you need advice from a more experienced employee, it is much easier to contact him directly, without waiting for an answer in messengers :).
Also, work in the office involves an active life outside of work: gatherings with colleagues, corporate parties, sweets for a birthday. For people who love communication and an active life, distance is contraindicated. After a day or two, you will start to get bored, and then you will climb up the wall.
Well, in addition I want to say that working in an office where there is a team, everyone has the opportunity to acquire strong connections for a long life. There are many stories of co-workers becoming close friends or tying the knot. Who knows, maybe fate has prepared a similar scenario for you? ;)
2. Work environment All employees understand that they come to the office to work. Therefore, out of respect for their colleagues, no one makes noise or distracts anyone. Moreover, getting into such a working atmosphere, our brain reads these psychological triggers and immediately starts working. Which in turn leads to higher employee efficiency and productivity.
You can often hear how people working remotely, more than once faced with the fact that they worked at night, discussed any issues on the project, fixed something urgently, updated stands, etc. It would seem that the working day is over, but for many it is does not care. If there are deadlines, if something needs to be done urgently, then they will try to get you out of the ground, and you will not be able to get out. In the office, you have clear timing. Coming out of it, your working day ends. You do not continue with any current tasks. You have the opportunity to relax without thinking about work. She's not following you. Also, a clear working day schedule allows you not to confuse your personal regimen and plan your day more successfully.
4. Security and stability It's hard to argue with the fact that office work is safer than freelancing. You get paid regularly, and as long as you do your job well, you can expect to get paid every month. Even if you get fired, your employer will usually notify you and provide you with some compensation. Also, a big plus in office work is access to some benefits, such as health insurance, paid leave, maternity leave, retirement or other benefits. These things can make a huge difference to your financial well-being and health, and to your family as well.
But as you know, the medal has two sides, so a few words about the disadvantages of working in an office:
1. A sedentary lifestyle and poor diet
When you are in the office for about 8 hours a day, most of this time you, of course, sit. Scientists tell us that a sedentary lifestyle by the age of 30 leads to various diseases. Among them are diabetes and high blood pressure.
You also need to pay attention to the fact that many office workers do not have an established diet. In an effort to catch everything (and sometimes in an attempt to sleep longer in the morning), many do not follow the food they eat, leaning on McDonald's food, chocolates and other unhealthy foods at lunchtime. All of this can subsequently lead to obesity, eating disorders and other body problems. The body will appear flabby, not taut. Shortness of breath when climbing stairs and general weakness may appear.
Sweet tea, sweet coffee with chocolate or sweets, fast food, fatty foods - all this is the result! In addition, a sedentary lifestyle carries a load on the spine, entails a deterioration in blood circulation, disruption of the heart and blood vessels.
Solution: Set aside time for exercise throughout the day. If, due to your busy schedule, you cannot afford a full workout, then exercising in the morning and walking can save the situation at least a little. Preparing the evening meal that you will take to work, or finding the right food delivery service will help you avoid consuming junk and heavy food during working hours.
2. Frequent colds In the summer, it’s easy to catch a cold in the office under the cold air of the air conditioner (very often some workers are too hot, while others are forced to freeze). In winter, catching a cold is also easy - bacteria multiply much faster in a warm room. Plus, some colleagues may neglect their condition, even coming to the office when sick. In this case, it is very easy to get infected.
3. Getting to the office can be time-consuming It often happens that you need to spend a lot of time on the road to the office, and you also have to get up earlier. This can be exhausting even before the start of the day. Solution: you can learn how to use this time wisely and efficiently: reading, watching the necessary content, podcasts, writing posts and much more.
As a result, I want to say that office work is not a job for everyone. But it is endowed not only with negative and negative aspects, but also has a number of significant advantages. And if an employee feels comfortable in the office, then the advantages for him become stronger and more noticeable than many of the disadvantages.