We previously walked through the benefits for employers to offer remote positions, but what about the employees? Here we have 9 benefits (and we’re sure there are a lot more) of working from home.
1. Better Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance is one benefits that often comes to mind first when thinking about remote work. Picking up the kids from school, attending doctor’s appointments, running to the store in the middle of the day, attending a fitness class in the morning, or even being home for the plumber can all be done a little more easily when you work from home.
This control over your work schedule can be invaluable when it comes to attending to the needs of your personal life. However, you need to ensure that you don’t take this advantage lightly and miss out on your given tasks. Some of the companies don’t mind the number of hours you are working as long as you are getting things done. On the other hand, few companies prefer at least 7-8 hours of work per day.
2. Fighting Stress
Although work pressure exists in any kind of work (including home-based work), it’s always less substantial than working in an office. We all know that long commutes are terrible But did you know that long commutes actually make your employees miserable? Commuting also has been linked to weight gain, increased stress, loneliness, and quite literally causes a pain in the neck. This is why hiring remote employees can improve your bottom line.
If you work from home you don’t need to rush out of your house in the morning to get to the office on time, you don’t have to face your annoying co-workers every day, etc. In other words: Your stress levels will automatically reduce, and you can give 100% to your work.
3. Time Savings
Working while in your PJs? From your bed...to your bed? Yep. Remote work eliminates or lessens a commute, depending on how many days per week is spent telecommuting. Getting that time each day back, along with avoiding the stress that typically comes with traffic, can truly start your day off on a better note.
This time savings can allow a remote worker to get extra sleep in the morning, spend more time with family, get in a workout, eat a healthy breakfast, or simply start work earlier.
4. Money Savings
Bus fare or gas, car maintenance, parking fees, a professional wardrobe (no more separate wardrobes for work and for the rest of your life), lunches bought out, childcare … stop! Those costs can be removed when you work from home, as you have no commute, no dress code (you get to wear those sweatpants from college with the letters peeling off, or the leggings your friends don’t know you own).
5. Positive Environmental Impact
Telecommuters Use Less Paper and Plastic.
Decrease in greenhouse gas emission.
Telecommuters have More Time for the Environment.
Smaller carbon footprint.
Telecommuters Reduce Air Pollution.
6. A Customizable Office
No restriction, no office codes, no boring paintings on your walls… you have the ability to make your home office what you want. Batman fan? Let’s decorate your office with a Batman theme… Whether you simply want a more ergonomic chair, or you have health issues that lead to needing specialized office equipment.
7. Better Health
Working from home can lead to better health in a variety of ways, due to time saving (as we talked about before): more time for physical activity, the ability to eat healthier, the ability to recover from illness or surgery at home, less exposure to illnesses (cold, flu, etc.), ease of caring for a health issue or disability, and the option to create a comfortable and ergonomic workspace.
8. Home Office?
You’re not tied to your home, as you are not tied to an office. Now, all you need is a device or two and a Wi-Fi connection and you have all of the communication amenities of a standard office. You can take care of your job while traveling, in the coffee shop around the corner, while enjoying the great outdoors, so be creative!
Technology has given us the ability to communicate across various devices, operating systems, and applications as easily as picking up the phone.
9. You Can Learn More and Become More Independent
“With great power comes great responsibility”. You’ll end up with some skills simply because you need them to work well remotely. For example, you’ll probably notice that you’re writing more clear and concise emails, communicate better at meetings, etc.
Because you don’t have colleagues just a few feet away or a tech team one floor down, you’ll find yourself developing the skill of looking for your own answers and becoming more proactive in finding what you need on your own.