Are you the telecommuting type? Various publications describe successful telecommuters with key attributes such as the ability to be a self-starter, the ability to remain focused, and the desire to work in collaboration with others in a team environment. While many workers posses these characteristics, there is also a level of social isolation that comes with telecommuting.
There are no chats by the water cooler; little or no face-to-face interaction with your friend from accounting down the hall. For the most part, all of your interaction with others is virtual, and being able to communicate effectively — while remaining positive and on-task — is essential to getting your job done each day. This makes your job a bit more difficult. If you have a question for your boss or a co-worker, sometimes it takes time to get a response. You may have chat, and other instant forms of communication, but email is often the primary form, and up to 24 hours may be the turnaround time. You may have to work long hours. Data published on FlexJobs indicates that telecommuters are twice as likely to work more than a 40 hour workweek.
While your job is difficult in many ways, you also have many benefits that the brick-and-mortar worker is not able to reap. Working in pajamas, avoiding traffic, and having your own kitchen down the hall are benefits that we cannot ignore. The savings in gas money, coupled with the ability to potentially visit with loved ones on your work breaks and lunches makes telecommuting a great job perk for some workers.