Teleworking Exhibit: Pros and Cons
Teleworking had both pros and cons. Some liked the freedom and flexibility of teleworking while others struggled with the social isolation and reduced communication. Some felt that they were more productive while others struggled with balancing their work and home lives. The range of teleworking experiences reflected the varying nature of the teleworkers and their work and home situations.
Pros: Advantages of teleworking for individuals included working anywhere they chose, being able to spend more time with family, having flexible work hours, and avoiding the daily commute.
Cons: Disadvantages of teleworking included social isolation, lack of reliable and fast internet connections, difficulty communicating with co-workers, and struggles with mental health due to adjustments to the new work situation.
Income inequality affected individual teleworking experiences. Some workers had dedicated spaces they could close the door on at the end of the workday, help with childcare and household chores, outside space they could enjoy, and sufficient funds to buy items to make their remote work easier. Others had to struggle with small living spaces where their "home office" was combined with their personal space, the demands of housekeeping and childcare while working, and inadequate financial resources to acquire work aids and fast internet service.