What Are The Alternatives to Working From Home?

Published on 21/11/2020

 

Flexible working has long been on the rise. Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, many employees were voluntarily asking to work from home or work from another location entirely. It seems to be something which many people prefer to do, or simply want to try out for themselves.

When you look at the benefits of flexible working, it’s not hard to see why. A better home and work-life balance, freedom to work in your own surroundings, saved money, and less chance of being distracted by office conflicts. However, that doesn’t mean flexible working is a perfect solution either. Many people try it and find that they preferred the contemporary office after all! It’s a personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer.

When you picture flexible working, you probably automatically think about working from a home office. That’s only part of the deal. Flexible working is an umbrella term which covers a range of different options, including remote working and flexi-time. 

Remote working jobs in particular have become very popular over the last few years. This gives you the freedom to work from anywhere you choose. This could be from home all or part of the time, or it could be from a beach in a far-flung destination. However, before you get carried away, working in full sun on a beach isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either!

Check out this interesting infographic which shows you a few of the jobs you can do remotely, or from home if you choose to. It’s interesting to learn the types of roles that people traditionally do from home, even if it’s just for information. 

Source - https://tr.venngage.com/templates/infographics/work-from-home-jobs-nfographic-9fb8fe52-b10d-4266-a0a3-f776d21b6998

Do you fancy any of those roles? It could be that you simply want to do the job you’re already doing from somewhere other than your traditional office desk. That’s what many people choose to do, but it does mean you have to submit a flexible working request and ask your employer to consider the option for you. They don’t have to agree to it, but they do have to consider it and give you a good reason why not. In most cases, it comes down to whether you working from somewhere other than the office will cause the business to be affected detrimentally. When you submit your request, it’s a good idea to consider all outcomes for the office and suggest how you can overcome them whilst working from home or remotely. 

However, many businesses are much more open than ever before to their employees working remotely, either from home or from somewhere else entirely. Not only does this help them to retain their existing employees but it also means that they’re more likely to potentially attract new talent at the same time. 

Have you ever considered working remotely or from home? Perhaps you already do, and if so, share your experiences with us!

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