Pros and Cons to Working from Home

By Katelyn Call

Experts are saying that Americans working from home could become the new norm that comes with positives and negatives.

With society being shut down, Americans are transitioning to online work and working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Finding the balance of home and work life is becoming difficult for many Americans.

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Setting up a “no distraction” workstation. Photo by Katelyn Call

Lisa Call, the head of purchasing for Colonial Williamsburg, is currently working from home alongside her three employees.

“There are a lot of positives” Call states, “There are less interruptions, less stress, I don’t have to drive 50 minutes a day to and from work, however, it is becoming difficult to manage time off of work since I am always by my workspace”

There are many negative aspects to working from home during the pandemic as well.

Moriah McAllister, Owner of Something Blue Wedding and Events, is finding a different aspect on the pandemic.

McAllister says, “My priority is doing anything I can to help my couples process through this situation, both emotionally & strategically.”

These strange times in our society are showing us that it is much easier to work from home than we originally thought.

Jonathan I. Dingel and Brent Neiman from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimate “that 37 percent of U.S. jobs can plausibly be performed at home.”.

Will working from home create a better society where time is not spent commuting and less stress is put on individuals, or will it create a society in which there is no separation of work life and home life?