During the COVID-19 pandemic, when most companies across the world were forced to send all of their employees to work virtually, Work From Home seemed to be a big challenge to many. However, over time, people and businesses have now understood that remote working offers many more benefits than the traditional working model. Even during the post-COVID era, now many companies are still working with the same model with an understanding that home-based teams are more productive and focused than in the office. We can say that employers are now beginning to understand that remote work really works.
If you’re looking for a job and would like to understand if “Work From Home” is a better choice, here are some amazing reasons that can help you make a better choice.
Advantages of Working From Home
Better Work-Life Balance –
The best part, which even I personally liked, about the work from the home model was that it allowed people across the world to maintain a good balance of professional and personal life. Since people were working from home, they could easily manage their daily routine and household chores. When you opt for a remote job, you can work flexibly at your convenience, which means that you can start and end your day as you choose, as long as your work is complete and leads to strong outcomes. From buying groceries for a home to dropping kids off at school and doing some errands to attending an online fitness class in the morning, things are quite easy with a remote working model.
No Commute Stress –
On average, we would spend around 2 to 3 hours traveling to and from the office with the traditional office working model. According to statistics, the one-way commuting time in the U.S. is 27.1 minutes. And the worst part is that you come across various types of problems when you travel to and from the office, which can result in ‘commute stress’. But this is not the problem when you are working from home. This not just saves you from the stress you undergo during the traveling, but you can also save a lot of your valuable time. At the same time, it also helps support your mental and physical health.
Money Savings –
The calculation is quite simple; when you do not have to spend time traveling to and from the office, you can save a lot on your monthly fuel charges. According to a recent survey, it was found that people who work from home can save more than $4,000 per year. This includes the cost of fuel charges, vehicle maintenance, transportation, parking fees, a professional wardrobe, lunches bought out, etc. All these charges will be reduced or completely eliminated as you are not going to office regularly, and you can cook at home. These savings add up and put more money back into your pocket. The best part is that this saving is not just for employees but also for companies as they can also enjoy significant long-term cost savings.
Apart from this, you also need not worry about buying new clothes to wear to the office as you can simply enjoy using your comfortable clothes at home while ensuring the same level of work quality. And since you will eat home-cooked food, you can save more on your lunch and other food too on a regular basis.
Environmental Impact –
It was noticed that when the world completely went into ‘Lockdown’ mode, emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) decreased by 15% globally. Since nitrogen oxides create ozone, a danger to human health and climate, it has helped repair the damage to the Ozone layer. We can say that this is a good enough reason to start working more from home as we can contribute to better environmental health with a single step. This is not just because we are not going to travel using our cars or other modes of transport, but also because we are going to use less paper, air conditioners, etc.
More Free Time –
If your office hours at from 9 am to 6 pm, you can simply shut down your office laptop sharp at 6 pm and come out of your room to enjoy some quality time with your family at home. You will not have to worry about the tremendous traffic that you always encountered when leaving the office to reach home. You can save a lot of your time, which can be used for other useful tasks like shopping, playing with your kids, cooking delicious food, or even spending some quality time with your family. Just imagine your kids no more complaining about you not giving them time due to your busy schedule. It’s only possible when you are completely in ‘work-from-home’ mode.
Complete More Work Tasks And Assignments –
It is a fact that many employers believe that their team members did not give enough attention to work while they worked from home. Employees are more productive when given the option to work from home. To be specific, Working from Home can increase employee productivity by 13% to 20%. When asked to choose between working from home or working from the office, over 6 in 10 employees reported they’re more productive working from home and would like to stick to the same option. At home, workers also gain back time lost to in-office distractions and interruptions, such as:
- The noise
- Chatty coworkers
- Impromptu meetings
- Frequent water or coffee breaks
More Comfortable And Cozy –
When you have the option to wake up in the morning, brush your teeth and jump directly to your laptop to start work, there is no need to worry about choosing the right clothing. You can simply wear the same regular pajamas and feel the comfort of being at home while concentrating on work. The best part about working from home is that you never have to worry about missing your casual pants as you will have more choices beyond business or business-casual looks—especially on days that are light on virtual meetings. It is a great relief for people who are dealing with disabilities like chronic back pain or mental illness as they can personalize their office space at home to meet their needs and for better comfort. Greater comfort means better productivity. Among work perks, that’s priceless if you ask me.
Improved communication –
For a successful career, or at least project delivery, effective communication is the key. Unlike the traditional office setup when you have to rely only on face-to-face communication to discuss with team members or colleagues, working from home gives you the option to make use of a wide range of communication tools. These tools do not just offer you the benefit of face-to-face communication, but also you can find better ways to discuss things with your team, instead of relying on a single mode of discussion.
Freedom to choose where to live –
Are you living 100s of miles away from your loved ones just because you could not secure a well-paying job in your town? If yes, then remote working is sure to give you the freedom to enjoy living with your family in the same home in your native place because you do not have to travel to the office regularly. Many people also opted to live in their dream locations like hills, nearby a beach, and even the countryside during the pandemic. This in turn results in increasing productivity and allowing employees to save more on living expenses in a big city like Sydney, New York, etc.
Though the pandemic had caused great damage to many, but it turned out to be a great thing for those who always wanted to experience something new like ‘work from home’ model. This is more flexible, more affordable, and a comfortable choice for many employees. This is why millions of employees across the world are now choosing to Work from Home instead of the regular Work from Office option.