Working from home has certainly boomed over the last few months and most of that is down to the fact that we’re living through a pandemic.
Many people who perhaps never even thought about the idea of choosing to work from home have suddenly found themselves with the ned to set up a make-shift home office at their kitchen table. It’s entirely possible that out of those people, many will enjoy the process more than sitting in a contemporary office at their regular office desk, and will ask to remain a home worker long after the pandemic has left. Of course, just as many may find that working from home just isn’t for them.
It’s not something which suits everyone, but there are some very good reasons why working from home is beneficial. Even before the pandemic hit, home and remote working were on the rise. Check out this infographic which shows some useful facts about this method of working.
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As you can see, home working has always been popular, it’s simply been thrust into the limelight thanks to COVID-19.
In order to make the most of working from home and to make it as productive as possible, of course you need to learn a few working from home tips, but you also need to have the right mindset towards it. Let’s look at how home working may benefit you, to help you find out whether this flexible working method is the right choice for your situation or not.
Home Working Saves Money
There’s no denying that working from home will save you money over the long-run. Yes, you need to invest in office furniture and set up a home office but that is a one off payment which will serve you well over time. You’ll save a lot of money on commuting costs, e.g. petrol and public transport, you’ll have less need to purchase potentially expensive workwear, if your office has a strict code on what you can and can’t wear, and you’ll also save money on lunches out of the office and those expensive store bought coffees we all love so much. This all mounts up over time!
Home Working Saves Time
No need to commute means more time for you in the morning and after you finish work. As a result, you can do whatever you need to do with less pressure and if you need to make an appointment, perhaps the dentist and you can’t get an appointment out of office hours, home working gives you the flexibility to do this. Of course, you will need to let your manager know that you’re not working for those couple of hours, but it’s a far more flexible picture than working from an office chair in a regular office.
Home Working is Less Stressful
Whilst working from home isn’t without its pitfalls and of course it brings stress to a certain degree, it’s far less stressful in the mainstream way. No commuting, no manager breathing down your neck, no office conflicts around the modern boardroom tables, and no need to work in an office which is perhaps not comfortable or designed to your taste. You personalise everything to your needs and preferences.
Home Working Gives You a Better Home And Work-Life Balance
You will have more time to fit in the things you need to do and if you have at home responsibilities, such as being a carer or having a young family, this frees up your time a little and allows you to have the best of both worlds. That in itself reduces a huge amount of stress and pressure.
So, if you thought home working was a little on the dull side, you’ll now see there is more to it than meets the eye!