3 Major Benefits of Working From Home
It’s the dream: wake up, put on a pot of coffee, start the computer. Wait for it to perk up while you do the same. Grab your favorite mug, pour some creamer in, and sniff deeply as the nutty, rich aroma floods your senses. You walk over to your chair and place the coffee on a coaster — don’t want your desk to get rings on it, do you? You make sure your webcam is on for that meeting you have soon, and then you realize: it’s almost noon, you’re just getting ready to work, and you have no pants on.
Isn’t working from home the greatest?
While the dream of a pants-free workday is a little exaggerated, the benefits of working from home are not. There are a ton of reasons to make the shift from the cube to the house, and with today’s workforce becoming more and more independent thanks to modern technology, it’s no wonder we’re seeing more and more companies get behind telecommuting. You may have noticed here at The Writer’s Job Board around 95% of our postings are for remote jobs. If telecommuting wasn’t so popular nowadays, we wouldn’t have new jobs coming in on a weekly basis. Heck, we might not even have a website. Here are three of the major benefits of working from home and some of the reasons it is steadily becoming the preferred way to earn a paycheque.
1. Working From Home is Good For the Environment (and Your Car)
If you’re like me, finding a good on-site job in your field requires you to commute at least an hour every day in gridlock traffic to-and-from the office. Regardless of what you drive, you end up burning thousands of gallons of gas every year in needless traffic jams. You put undue wear and tear on your car. You swallow the price of exorbitant travel costs associated with commuting (gas, tolls, the $5 latte that’s on your way). Not to mention, your chances of getting into a car accident also go up as you spend more time on the road. And if you live somewhere that tends to get icy roads in the winter, well, your chances are even greater.
The last time I had an office job, I ended up totaling my car on my way to work when a guy smashed me into an overpass wall during a snowstorm. You just don’t have those kinds of problems when you work from home — where your desk is just a few short steps from your bed. While being amazing for both the environment and your safety, telecommuting means you’ll also have a bunch more time on your hands to spend with the family and friends.
2. Working From Home Beats the Hell out of an “Open Office”
As the working from home fad continues to become more popular, so does the newest “open office” trend. Despite thinkpiece after thinkpiece continuing to decry its problems — like no private space, myriad distractions, and the ability for office sicknesses to run rampant because no one can hide in an office to quarantine themselves away from everyone else — the open office plan continues to rule the corporate world.
However, if you work at home, sickness only matters when you are absolutely knocked on your butt, and privacy is kind of top-notch at your house. Of course, there are going to be distractions everywhere you work, but odds are they’re much more prevalent in an open office than they’d be at home.
And let’s not forget about everyone’s most reviled time-waster — the dreaded “meeting.” By working at home, you’re automatically in touch with everyone you work with through apps like Slack and good old-fashioned email. That means no more pointless meetings that easily could have been avoided with a simple email.
3. Working From Home Reduces Stress and Makes You More Productive
You know what the first two points have in common? Traffic sucks. So do open offices. When things suck, they stress you out. When you’re stressed out, you get less work done. Being able to get up and do your job from your home takes a fair amount of the grind out of your weekly grind.
As a result, there’s a lot less stress coming your way. And when your stress levels are low, it’s easier to focus on and get the tasks you have done, which makes you much more productive than if you were working in an office of any sort — open-concept or cubicle farm.
For as many anti-open-office articles as there are, there seem to be just as many articles praising the benefits of working from home, not only from an employee’s perspective but from an employer’s perspective as well. Most of them cite increased productivity as one of the main benefits.
So what do you think, dear readers? Do you love working in the open offices? Do you question the validity of my points? Or do you agree with me, as more and more companies are beginning to offer work-from-home options? Are you mad it’s taken this long for certain fields to begin embracing this trend? I know I am, but I’m sure glad the tide is turning. To everyone looking for their dream work from home gig, I wish you all the best of luck. Until next time, happy writing!