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Pros and Cons of Working at Home

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a new father and my company recently offered me the option working from home a few days a week. That sounds pretty great to me, but I’m curious about the positives and negatives.

A: As someone who’s worked from home for more than 20 years, I can definitely see the attraction: You get to work at your own pace without people standing over your shoulder, you reduce your commuting expenses and dry-cleaning costs, you have a lot more time with the family, and you get to work in your PJs. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Let’s start with some of the advantages.

  • Extra time. Nationwide, the average commute is 30 minutes each way. But in major metro areas, hour-long commutes are common. Add in the time it takes you to get ready in the morning and unwind when you get home, and you can see that telecommuting could easily give you an extra hour or two with your family every day.


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Armin Brott

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Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men's health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, mrdad.com. You can also connect via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and Linkedin.

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