Remote working is becoming increasingly popular within the UK workforce, with one study finding that around 50% of British workplaces accommodate remote working. The flexibility of working remotely suits workers in many industries, including pharmaceutical sales.
According to 2016 figures from the Office for National Statistics, the pharmaceutical industry is the largest contributor to the UK’s manufacturing output, with pharmaceutical manufacturing increasing by 8.6% month on month. There’s a real opportunity for people searching for flexible roles to join the industry, and working remotely is part of the job. But is remote working all it’s cracked up to be?
The Pros of Remote Working
Productivity: If you can stay away from timewasting sites like YouTube and Facebook, you’ll likely be able to get more work done. Being away from a traditional office environment where there can be lots of distractions like loud phones, meetings and interruptions, could significantly increase your productivity.
Dress Code: When you’re not going into the office, you can dress how you like. Of course, even if you’re working remotely, you should still try to look presentable to help you feel more productive.
No Micromanagement: Being away from the office means you won’t have your boss looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re working. You also won’t be pressed to help others when you should be doing your own work, nor interrupted while you work.
The Cons of Remote Working
Self-Discipline: One of the possible downsides to working remotely is the fact that you have to be disciplined and focussed. When you’re away from the office it can feel like there are more appealing things to do other than work, such as browsing social media.
No Pressure: Without the pressure of a working office with your boss close by, some people will find they do less. You can easily end up procrastinating.
Overworking: Finding a work/life balance can be tricky, and you could end up overworking yourself. It can become tempting to just finish up a project late at night, instead of leaving it until the next day.
Remote working isn’t going to suit everyone; only you can decide if it’s the type of work that would fit you and your professional life. If you are able to motivate yourself, and have great self-discipline, then you’re likely going to be suited to it. For more information on remote working read this article on the Pros and Cons of Working From Home.
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