Home office and telecommuting are often terms used interchangeably, but they have considerable differences.
Both home office and teleworking are popular trends related to the workplace, bringing benefits to professionals in all segments.
There are benefits for companies too, especially when you consider security, time management, cost savings and the ability to add talented individuals to the workforce.
There is still a little confusion between the terms, as working from home and working remotely is not the same thing. Check out some differences:
Home office is what we do when we work from our home and not in the company office, but only on days when we need a change of scenery. Example: when we don’t have a face-to-face meeting scheduled and we decide to avoid going to the company, or on occasions when we need to work more privately, without interrupting co-workers. You can take your laptop home and install it on your kitchen table, living room, or even your bedroom. Overall, it represents a significant change from the normal routine and pace of work – which can be a very good thing to turn to when we find it necessary. It’s worth it mainly because it’s different from what happens in everyday life. But the structure of our office at the company continues, as do the people who work there: they adjust their work during our absence or that of another member of the team.
Remote work is when we are working outside the company’s physical environment, all the time, whether at home or in a rented space. This is the essential difference from the home office. Therefore, teleworking requires a different set of resources and skills as it is not temporary. It requires a certain amount of discipline and high time management skills. It also needs the professional to have proactive communication and absolute focus to be aware of everything that is happening in the company and with other team members, since there is no face-to-face contact. Remote work is only possible with the creation of our own working environment, that is, a special space must be selected and organized to function as our office outside the company. It’s worth noting that with access to the right set of tools and a few productivity tips, working remotely can be both pleasurable and beneficial.
Finally, the difference between the two concepts presented lies in the frequent adoption or not of the non-presential work format. The home office is a temporary situation, while teleworking is a permanent as well as a different approach to getting our tasks done. But there is a big advantage in these two work formats: the possibility to choose where the “workstation” will be. Another good news is that there are tools and services that make this experience very positive and productive.
A good example is the use of a “virtual office”, a great ally for both work formats. Here, we take the opportunity to present the differentiated structure of MyHive, which meets the needs of all types of companies, helping to maintain the team spirit, which is very important in the evolution of the work.
MyHive is the representation of a physical office in a virtual environment, on the computer screen, where all team members are represented by avatars, all working together, in an integrated and collaborative way, no matter where they are.
On the MyHive platform, it is possible to create rooms, departments, rest spaces and environments for commercial service. MyHive’s virtual environment helps eliminate the distance between people who are tens or thousands of miles apart, allowing them to work side by side, day by day. It’s a complete virtual office offering freedom, socializing, and communication and collaboration tools: from desktop customization and screen sharing, to video and audio protected by AES-128 encryption.
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