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Is Remote Working the Same As Working From Home? Similarities & Differences

A lot of people at some point in their life have wished they worked from home, maybe not full time but at least on most days. Majorly because office work is really stressful, and if you’re an introvert, there’s already so much stress by just having to talk to others. And this is why most introverts these days apply to work remotely. 

It has so many perks for someone who doesn’t want in on any of the office gossip, cafeteria noise or the dull vibrations from a bunch of computers all around. Remote working means to work outside your original place of work. It literally means you can work from your bathroom, to a pool lounge, a hotel room, a sauna, a restaurant or even on your bed. Infact, you don’t have to be in the same country as your organization, you simply have to work. Although it has its numerous benefits, it also has a ton of demerits. 

Working from home; like remote working, is quite similar and means exactly what you think it does, “to work from home” but is often commonly interchanged for remote working due to the similarities which are;

  • The ‘No office’ factor: in both cases, you don’t need to leave your house unless you want to. You can do all that is expected of you without having to deal with your office space,your yelling boss, a colleague that keeps poking his/her head in your cubicle or a fart during lunch. You are all yourself enjoying peace and quietness. That’s quite a vibe
  • Clothing fluidity option: unless you really have to attend that virtual meeting, you could lay about all day in your underwear or casual clothing. There’s a freedom you enjoy in the absence of your shirt and tie, plus your laundry is reduced. Seems like a win win situation.
  • You set your pace: you can work super fast or super slow as long as you get your quota done within the period assigned. You’re the boss here, everything is allowed.

Looking at these similarities, you’d want to conclude that remote working and working from home both mean the same thing, however, here are some differences you should consider.

  • Nature: while remote working is contractual, working from home is situational. Remote working is often put in the work terms either by the worker or the firm. It is an agreement between the company and it’s worker to annul the need for physical presence. Such individuals may never step foot on company grounds but remain bonafide workers for their company. Working from home on the other hand is a temporary absence from your workplace for a particular reason e.g global pandemic, pregnancy, birth, festivities etc. It could also simply be decided upon if there is a reduced need for physical presence. In this case, a letter of notification is sent to your superior, your office space is still existential and the enjoyment is only short-lived.
  • Funding: allocations are made for resources which remote workers need in order to function, however, if you’re working from home, you make the arrangements and bear whatever extra cost is incurred during that period of time. Exceptions may be given in the case of pregnancy but are generally the same.

Although the two terms are similar, their differences are glaring. While remote workers may have adapted to the climate of working at home, it’s a different case for an individual trying to convince his family that he really isn’t on a vacation.

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