Working from home is gaining more and more support from almost every part of the world – from Virgin’s founder Richard Branson to top 100 companies offering flexible working environment through working remotely. I have listed a couple of benefits below which some of you will probably agree on why working from home is better.
The Future of Working Remotely
Surveys after surveys are being conducted everyday to see how the company would be able to help their employees increase their productivity while at the same time enjoy a work-life balance.
Technological advancement made it easier for companies to offer their employees flexibility to work from the comfort of their homes. With the trends and reception working home based and working remotely is getting, there is no doubt that the future will be more about working in a way that has never been imagined in the last couple of decades.
Benefits of Working From Home
- Eliminate the stress from driving or commuting to and from the office.
Just the thought of watching a 4 to 8 lane highways-turned-into-a-parking already makes someone want to just stay in bed and watch TV. It definitely adds to the daily stress you have to suffer everyday.
- You don’t have to iron your clothes!
The wasted time you have to spend in ironing your office clothes is finally over.
- You save time in fixing your hair and make up
Ladies can leave their homes without their purse but they can’t leave them without looking at the mirror. Yeah, fixing hair and make up is something inherent to ladies and some men of course.
- You save money on buying office clothes
The money you set aside to buy office clothes can be used to buy other important things. I guess, you’ll feel better if you put the money into good use like buying vitamins or food supplement. You can even put the money in the stock market and earn more money!
- You save money on spending expensive lunch and snacks
Unless your company provides daily free meals to the employees, you’ll end up spending way above the reasonable price of lunches and snacks in your office area – the cafeterias and restaurants have to pay for their rents too!
- Increase Productivity
You can focus on your work without having to deal with the unnecessary interruptions from your co-workers.
There is also a product called Basecamp where companies can track what their employees are doing.
- Healthier lifestyle
You can use the time you save to drive or commute to and from the office to have a brisk walk outside, swim in the pool or go to the nearest gym.
You can also cook and eat healthier lunch or snacks instead of buying fast foods.
- Reduced unnecessary meetings
Some people just love to schedule a meeting so everyone can think they are busy, they are important whatsoever. I sometimes think some people are just after the free snacks during the meeting.
- Cut down on sick leaves
A lot of factors can lead to employees taking sick leaves. There’s the ‘planned call in sick’ to take a break from the stressful commute to the office. There is the domino effect of getting just one colleague to catch a cold and everyone follows.
- The company saves a lot of money from rents, office furniture and equipment, office supplies etc.
Both parties save money by choosing this working set up. However, the company is the one who saves more by reducing if not eliminating office rents and office accessories.
- Less headaches
The moment you signed a contract with a company, you also agree that headaches are part of the job! These headaches can at least be reduced with no more commute to the office, no more window shopping, you don’t have to bear annoying colleagues and you don’t have to see your boss everyday.
Downside Of Working From Home
It would be unfair to just state the benefits of working from home and not discuss its disadvantages. As it also
- Limits the opportunity to brainstorm
The famous CEO of yahoo, Marissa Mayer, opposed the idea of working remotely for this very reason. Although I disagree and therefore support those who heavily criticized her since the innovations we have now can compensate for this. An example would be to create a group chat or schedule a videoconferencing.
- Employee sometimes feels alone
Since we get used to working with colleagues, sometimes you feel this.
- Distraction from kids and family members
- Difficulty in separating office time with family time
3 Tips To Consider When Working From Home
Well, some may picture out working remotely like working straight from the bed! Ideally, you would want to separate your home work to your office work. So, one of the biggest tips would be to
- Find a quiet place where you can think clearly and avoid distractions
It could be anywhere from the garden, living room, or you can create a mini office in your home.
- Follow a routine
- Take a break
Don’t abuse yourself! Get up, move and take some rest.
Working from the comfort of your own sofa was some absurd idea in the 19th century. It dramatically changed recently due to the technology and innovations. More and more companies are now adapting the concept of working remotely. The benefits both from the employer and employee’s side make more sense than a traditional office set up.
Although there are some disadvantages in doing the work from home, the benefits outweigh the downsides and adjustments can be done.
Is there any other benefits or downsides I have overlooked that you want to share with us? Please leave them below and if ever you have any more questions, I would be more than happy to help you out.