It’s a new year which means it’s time for new decisions and change in your business. You may have dreamt of working from home in the past but you’ve never seriously thought you could do it; until now. The stigma that working from home means you are lazy or unmotivated is untrue. Most employees working from home actually are noted to be more efficient, more productive, and simply happier workers.
They are skipping out on the unnecessary commute, the decreased quality time with their families, and the everything that can waste time at a workplace; instead, they are choosing to wake up, get right to work in their home office, knock out the work load without interruptions of water cooler talk or coworker lunch breaks, and ending the day with time to enjoy dinner with their families.
When you are considering working from home once and for all, you’ll be joining a revolution of virtual offices that is sweeping the nation and making for a more fulfilled work life.
Why the stigma against working from home up until now?
There has been a stigma against people that have wanted to work from home before this time. Corporations thought that working from home was a problem and didn’t work. They thought that a business can’t be successful unless employees were in the same office. One major change is the many breakthroughs in technology, from the internet to social media, group messaging to video chat and now even the Cloud.
The modern working world relies on technology and most things can be done from separate locations by communicating via email or the phone, having meetings through video chat, gaining access to the same documents through the Cloud, and scheduling deadlines or meetings through Google Calendar.
While work from home professionals lose out on the social interaction, the face-to-face meetings, and overall change in location as they commute to and from work, they gain so much more by doing the same job from the comfort of their own home.
Why work from home?
Along with all of the gas money you’ll save with no commute, you’ll lose the stress of the daily trips to and from the office as well. Saving on money and stress allows workers to concentrate better on their actual job. It’s easy to work from home by the use of technology as long as you have a solid Wi-Fi connection.
Your working atmosphere is simple and better, as you won’t be annoyed by your colleagues perfume or gum chewing habits resenting them while you try to concentrate. You’ll also find you are healthier as you prepare healthier lunches from home, have more opportunities to take screen breaks with a stroll around the neighborhood, and you won’t be tempted by your colleague’s office birthday party cake anymore.
Why consider staying at the office?
You may not have considered some of the perks of the office. Offices provide a socially creative environment where ideas can bounce around and inspire one another. Face-to-face contact happens daily without much thought and that lively environment can really pep up your morning. You may struggle with staying disciplined unless you know the boss is watching which is why you may want to work with your team to make sure they stay on task.
You’ll have a supportive work environment with a community of professionals supporting one another and the time apart from the family can help maintain a healthier home life. Just make sure that your staff feels safe to call in sick because when you have a team working ill and spreading it to one another, it’s going to kill productivity.
Productivity is already a challenge when you don’t like your office chair, your environment is uncomfortable, your colleagues annoy you or you just prefer to work in more casual clothes than an office requires.
If work/life balance is what it boils down to for you, it’s a no brainer that working from home is the easiest way to gain that. You’ll save money, improve your health, increase productivity, and feel in control of your life once and for all. Just make sure you are as connected as possible online to your colleagues and find a sense of community in other areas of your life since you’ll be missing out on the social interactions of the office.