The world is changing at a pace where you can be mobile and stay connected – especially with the right tools. As event planners, we can plan meetings simply by having access to a computer and a telephone. Of course, there might be the need to go on a site inspection and visit the site, however for the most part, interactions with those involved in meetings can happen in a virtual environment. Some may wonder though, if event planners should work from home. There are some pro’s and con’s to having this type of setup, that you should explore before you make the decision to work in your pj’s and bunny slippers.

Pro’s

  • No strict dress code (work in your sweatshirt and pajamas)
  • Work out of the comfort of your own home
  • Have a flexible work schedule (in some cases)
  • Work from other remote locations (coffee shop, library)
  • Decreased distraction from co-workers at the office
  • No more long commutes
  • Be more productive due to no distractions

Con’s

  • Lack of daily social interaction
  • Need to work hard to stay connected and in touch with your team
  • High level of discipline to stick to a daily schedule
  • Personal tasks can overtake work tasks (ie. doing laundry, watching tv…)
  • Unforeseen use of your own supplies and resources (ie. electricity, internet…)
  • Risk of being seen as less professional since you work from home
  • Loss of regimen as you work all hours of the day to accomplish work

As we keep moving towards more mobile technology, organizations have to structure themselves to be able to bend and flex with the trends of the world. One these trends is working from home. Even though most organizations can make a case for both sides,  there are some that feel like working from home can be the worst of both worlds. However, there are still many organizations out there that encourage working from home.

No matter what the best option is for you. The fact still remains that you always need to make sure that you are available and transparent, and technology helps accomplish these things no matter if you are in an office environment, or in your basement. As event planners, you do need to be able to work, and work with those that are also in a virtual environment. The key is understanding what circumstances everyone is subject to, in order for you produce maximum results.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you currently work from home? Do you find it effective? I would love to hear your comments!

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