Just like most things in life, working from home has both its upside and downside. The good things about working from home are that it is more convenient and cheaper for you. You are not going to have to waste money on commuting or eating outside of the house, and it’s generally more convenient to have your office be in your home.
However, working from home can be isolating, both professionally and socially. A lot of people do not realize this until some time has passed. Going to work every day is a social event, even if you have never considered it to be one. You are leaving the house and interacting with people. You have social relationships with the people you work with, the person you buy coffee from, the guy at the gas station, and many others.
When you are working from home, you are somewhat cut off from the rest of the world. Sure, you still talk to people via phone and Internet, and you are in the vicinity of your family members at all times, but it’s not really the same thing.
According to recent surveys, three out of four people who work at home want to have more social interaction and crave it. Also, many feel that they are left out of the loop and that important decisions are constantly being made at the office without their input.
If you want to fix that, then you need to be more active when it comes to communication. People who only work from home on some days needs to retain the same level of interaction with co-workers when they are at home. If you are working from home and are missing a staff meeting, it would be a good idea to call your co-workers and to talk with them on the phone before or after the meeting to voice your opinions and stay in the loop.
If you are working from home and lack social interaction, try to visit the office whenever you can to see your co-workers. You don’t have to stay long in order to get the dose of social interaction that you need. Going to lunch with your co-workers is another good option. You can meet up somewhere in between your home and the office for a bite to eat.