Perhaps one of the things that made working from home suitable for me is that I have an introverted personality. After taking the 16 Personalities test, I have been classified into the INTJ and INFJ personality types. If you are an extrovert who usually draws energy from interacting with other people, then this type of set-up might not be the best for you. If you’re this kind of person, I suggest you telecommute once in a while or only when needed, and work in an office setting majority of the time.
As a remote employee, I can work anywhere, like at coffee shops and co-working spaces.
And yes, while I may be an introverted person, I do I miss talking to people face to face. There are just nuances in human interaction that can’t be captured in an email or chat, even with emoticons.
Another downside about working from home is that you are dependent on the quality of the internet connection you get from your provider. Though I wish it was faster, my connection is usually sufficient for me to accomplish my tasks. However, there have been times when I had to work in a coffee shop due to technical issues with our provider.
This is why I feel that for the telecommuting law to be effective, Congress should also make sure that Filipinos have access to telecom companies offering fast internet connections. Remote employees could accomplish more if they have blazing-fast internet speed within their reach. But unfortunately, much as I would like that to happen today, I’m afraid it’s altogether a different discussion best reserved for another day.