The idea of working from home brings many dreamy scenarios to mind. You can imagine people rolling out of bed whenever they want and begin to start work in their PJs. Or even, see people answering emails on a hammock on a nice sunny beach.
As a person who is already working from home, this is only half the truth. Working from home, or remote working as some would like to say, holds many benefits. Not only to you, but to your employer as well.
So in this post, I would like to share 13 benefits of working from home:
1. You’re more productive
According to one study conducted by Stanford University, people who work from home are 13% more productive than those who work in an office environment.
When you work from home, you’re less likely to encounter distractions from work colleagues or unexpected queries. You’re simply left to get on with your work.
But obviously, you do need to be bare in mind that remote workers have a whole host of creature comforts like the TV, radio and of course the internet close to hand. So it is essential that you develop some form of self-discipline in order to become a productive worker from home.
2. No more long commutes
When working from home, you don’t need to worry about commuting to work. You can stroll to your home-based office or wherever you will be working at home (I occasionally work in my kitchen).
According to a 2015 survey by Office National Statistics (ONS), workers in the UK faced an average daily commute of 57.1 minutes. If you can imagine how remote workers can use this time wasted on a commute to do some actual work, then you can truly appreciate why working from home is so productive.
And let’s not forget about how much money you can save on fuel and public transport too.
3. No more useless meetings
Some office-based workers are required to attend mandatory meetings which offer no value to what they do on a day-to-day basis. These meetings tend to eat in to a worker’s productivity and their time.
With working from home, you don’t need to worry about these meetings. The only meetings that you will need to attend are those with your manager or clients, and this can be done over the phone or via Skype. Just make sure you look presentable if you are Skyping your manager or client.
4. You can work from anywhere in the world
Many remote workers prefer to work in coffee shops. And numerous studies show that working in coffee shops can boost your productivity.
5. You’ll Be More Happier
A number of remote workers have reported that they’re more happier than those who work in an office environment. This is because remote workers have a better work-life balance where they can spend more time with their families.
6. Flexible Working Hours
Being a remote worker, you’re in charge of what hours you work. As long as the work gets completed to a high standard, then your employer will not question your working day.
The degree of flexibility allows you to pick up kids from school and attend appointments without losing any time.
7. You’re less likely to quit
If you’re working from home, you have one of the sweetest deals. You’re not being micromanaged and you have a manager who trusts you get the job done. And since you’re more likely to be happier, you’re less likely to quit.
This is brilliant for your employer as staff retention is key to a company’s success.
8. You’re less likely to call in sick
According to a report by Canada Life, office workers take on average 3.1 days of sick leave. Comparing this figure to remote workers, they on average take 1.8 days of sick leaves.
If you work from home and managed to catch a cold or flu, then you’re more likely to work. Unlike office workers, if they contracted an illness, they would face the unwelcoming scenario of enduring an uncomfortable commute and risk spreading their germs to their work colleagues.
At least by working from home, you can avoid the stress of the commute and can use the extra time to feel a little better and get on with your work.
9. You’re being environmentally friendly
Since you’re not commuting to work, whether by public transport or by car, you’re actually playing your part in saving the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
10. Your employer is saving a lot of money
If a company asks all their employees to work from home, then they’ll save a lot of money on office space and supplies. The money your employer has saved can be invested in hiring more talent, thus helping to grow the business.
11. You’re more likely to be healthy
Thanks to flexibility and more time you have available by working from home, many remote workers choose to lead a more active lifestyle by visiting the gym more often.
Studies show prolonged sitting can affect your health. And many office workers remain sedentary for most of the day by sitting at their desk, eating lunch at their desk and even remaining stationary throughout their commute. Also, if you work from home, you can prepare more healthy meals.
12. No more office politics
Personally, I am not a fan of office politics. I am not interested in being part of a clique or knowing the latest gossip between co-workers. That’s none of my business, I’d like to just get on with my work. And many feel the same way.
With that said, not many people like working in an office. To some, it doesn’t provide them with a stimulating environment.
13. Your friends might get jealous
Okay, I am not one for sounding smug, but it does feel good to know that you have so many benefits to working from home.
Thanks for reading. Are you working from home? Do you know of any other benefits? Please let us know in the comments section below.