The Most Underrated (and Overrated!) Things About Working From Home

Working from home sounds like a pretty sweet gig – which is probably why so many people want to do it!

(Around 80-90% of the US workforce says they’d like to telecommute, whereas only about 2.8% of the workforce actually spends at least half their working hours doing so.)

At MeetEdgar, our entire company is remote – and while that’s meant figuring out lots of practical solutions for our day-to-day work habits, it also means everyone has some pretty strong opinions about how it feels to be separated from your coworkers!

So we asked the team: what’s the most underrated and the most overrated thing about working from home?

Here’s what they had to say! (Also, some cute dogs.)

The most underrated things about working from home

Canine coworkers

Marketing Analyst Marcus and Senior Product Designer Kevin agree – you can’t beat working alongside your best friend on four legs. (Or fewer. All dogs are good!)

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A few of Team Edgar’s top advisers

Fun fact: being around your pets can have a profound positive impact on your brain chemistry and mood!

(It can also dramatically increase the number of times you ask “Who’s a good boy” over the course of a workday.)

Extra winks

Content Manager Tom says sleeping later is remote working’s most unsung perk, while Jessi, PR & SEO Specialist, believes lunchtime naps are significantly less awkward at home than they might be in a cubicle.

(Tom recommends using an app like sleepyti.me to squeeze as many sleep cycles as you can into a single night!)

Create your own dress code

QA Lead Sarah says not to underestimate the freedom of wearing whatever you want to work, and not having to maintain a separate “work clothes” wardrobe.

Voice of dissent: Amanda, our User Outreach Specialist, says this freedom of choice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “I still wear pants,” she says, setting a good example for all of us.

Private…facilities

Our Customer Experience Director Kristina believes firmly in the benefits of the emotional and literal solitude of using your own bathroom.

Laura, our founder and CEO, takes advantage of this underrated perk by breaking up the workday with a shower – a 100%-scientific method for getting the ol’ neurons firing.

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No commuting necessary

Nicholas (Marketing Tech), Jen (Conversion Copywriter), Jennifer (Executive Assistant), and Amanda all agree – not having to commute is remote work’s biggest perk.

(After all, the average American spends about 42 hours per year commuting. That’s basically an entire extra week of work!)

Cutting back on your travel time can be a bit of a trade-off, though – which brings us to some of the worst things about working remotely.

The most overrated things about working from home

Never (ever, ever) having to leave the house

Not commuting is convenient, but staying cooped up all the time gets a little old – LauraNicholasKristina, and Jessi agree that it’s hard not having an excuse to get out.

Team Edgar tip: Find a place near home where you can set up shop with a laptop! Whether you’re logging a few hours in a library, a cafe, or a coworking space, you might find that a little social facilitation does wonders for your creativity.

Losing track of work/life balance

When you work where you live, it’s all too easy to blur the line between the two. Marcus catches himself working through breaks, while Jennifer tries not to be tempted to spend them doing chores.

Team Edgar tip: Use an alarm or an app like Remind to schedule breaks – and actually get up and walk away from what you’re doing! Medical researchers have found that getting up and moving around can actually improve your moodso give it a try.

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Peanut recommends breaking up your workday with a walk.

The irresistible allure of a nap

Our People Ops Manager Tyra has found that midday naps are both the most underrated and most overrated things about working from home.

Team Edgar tip: For the most powerful of power naps, limit yourself to about 20 minutes. While you could fill out a gap in your afternoon with something longer, you’ll slip into a deeper sleep, and could wake up groggy.

No walking required

“You have to work harder to fit in physical activity when your bed is 25 steps from where you work,” says Sarah – and Jen agrees that walking to work isn’t quite as exciting when you’re only going from one room to another.

Team Edgar tip: Even if you don’t have time to take a walk around the neighborhood once a day, spending more time standing and less time sitting can make a big difference! Health experts have found that people with desk jobs often spend too much time sitting as it is, so give the ol’ legs a stretch whenever you can.

Webcam woes

When all of your meetings are conducted via video call, it’s easy to be caught off guard by an unanticipated webcam angle.

Or, as Kevin puts it, “That brief second where Zoom is broadcasting your video before you realize it, and you’re making sure you don’t have something in your nose.”

(Don’t act like it’s never happened to you.)

Team Edgar tip: Make sure there’s nothing embarrassing protruding from any of your orifices before jumping on a call.

What do YOU love (or less-than-love) about remote work?

So, all you work-from-home types – what’d we miss?

What do you think is the most underrated part of remote work?

What do you think is actually kind of the worst?

Tell us how you really feel in the comments below!

  • J.Tav

    pros: close to the fridge, but can also stand on the kybounder mat all day (and yes, had stretches of 2 weeks without leaving the house even once)
    cons: 90 hour work weeks and kids shouting on conf calls

    • Tom VanBuren

      Two weeks is pretty impressive!

  • Darcy Coulter

    At Leadpages, we work from home 2 days per week, so we get the best of both worlds…but I do find myself struggling to work without a dog on my lap 3 days per week.

    • Tom VanBuren

      You should probably just sneak them into the office 👀

      • Darcy Coulter

        I like the way you think, Tom.

  • Josephine Marsh

    Best: working in PJ’s, getting an extra hour in bed, being able to go for a bike ride at lunch.

    Worst: pulling longer hours without meaning to, getting a lil lonely, no free office stationery perks, being motivated when no one is watching.

    • Tom VanBuren

      Raiding the supply cabinet loses a lot of its charms when you’re also the one restocking it.

  • Underrated: dressing up from the waist up with yoga pants and slippers on the bottom half.
    Overrated: slipping on flip flops to ride with your husband in the car, then realizing you have to walk into Target looking like you don’t know how to dress.

    • Tom VanBuren

      Hey, athleisure is totally still in!

  • Chelsea Jenkins

    the social element of working in an office together! I miss catching up with coworkers during a coffee break in the kitchen! Or sitting outside at lunch together. LOVE working from home but sometimes it’s lonely!

    • Tom VanBuren

      Staying connected and feeling social throughout the workday can definitely be a challenge!