7 Benefits of Working From Home
The global COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way that we work. There are more than 1,000,000 infected people all around the world. Due to the coronavirus spread, many companies are shutting down their offices. Most of the big technology companies announced that much of their workforce will be working from home instead of coming to the office. In this blog post, I will explain how we can work from home and 7 benefits of working from home.
Working from home gives you the freedom to set your own schedule. You can take breaks at any time you want. You can take the dog for a walk, eat lunch at a weird time etc. Even if you do work office hours, if you have a 15-minute break , you can spend your time doing something valuable, get some exercise, get some daylight and sit outside. Especially, these are very valuable things for your mental health during this current COVID-19 isolation period.
2. Lower Costs (For you and for your employer)
Another benefit of working from home is lower costs. Recent studies shows that employers save thousands each month in overhead costs when they allow even part of their workforce to telecommute. About saving for employees, the day that you start working from home, is the day you start saving money too. For example, you don’t have to spend money on an expensive business, like casual wardrobe or lunches out during the workdays.
3. Zero Commuting
Nobody enjoys commuting to work every day. Some of us spend lots of hours each day travelling to and from work. Working from home cuts this out, giving you more free time to spend not to think about going work, saving money on fuel. You are not only saving time and money, but also the environment.
4. Higher Level of Productivity
According to the reports by productivity coach, Steve Pavlina, workers are only productive for 90 minutes out of 480 minutes. That means the productivity is just 19%.
So what factors affect productivity in office?
- Distractions at work -internet surfing,
- Long conversations between coworkers,
- Social media
So, are these distractions present when you work from home?
Of course. You will have also distractions when you will be working from home, but these factors are easier to deal with. When we compare the time that you spend at home against these distractions, it is less than you spend in office.
- To avoid these distractions, you should do:
- Put away the mobile phone; leave a voice message
- Use a separate PC for work if you can. By using your personal computer , you will have access to your social media accounts etc.
- Set your small breaks in your schedule. 90 minutes of % 100 focus on work followed by 30 minutes break.
Did you know that work stress is the number one source of stress for adults? Over the last decade, the increase demand of jobs combined with our desire for better work-life balance have left us feeling strained.
It is important to manage workplace stressors. And, as it just so happens, one of the benefits of working from home is lower stress. According to the reports, remote working reduced stress by as much as 82%. These are some reasons why working from home decrease the stress level:
- No daily commute
- Greater control over work environment
- More work-life balance
At the end of the day, the flexibility of working from home simply makes it easier to manage with stress.
6. Totally Independent
It is much more than just the benefit of getting work done in the clothes that you wish. Working from home means you will learn how to encourage yourself, self-discipline, self-motivation and so on. As I mentioned above, working from home increases the productivity. You will be able to focus on your work more than before.
Working from home or remote work are built on the belief that you will get your work done before the deadline. That means you don’t have to sit on a chair for 40 hours in a week. The most important thing that your employer will focus what you have done. Your employer will focus on the quality of the result not how many hours you work.
One of the other benefits of working from home is you can create your own work environment as you want. You can fit your office wherever it fits in your life. You don’t have to have fill a corner of your living room with an ugly desk, a huge monitor and a stupid chair. In addition, you can just make any area as your work environment. Creating your own work environment will increase your productivity and your self-motivation.
The revolution of the working from home or working remotely seems to be unbeatable. Every year, more people start to discover the benefits of working from home and enjoy them. With the improvement of the technology, it’s becoming easier than ever before to make yourself away from the office.
According to the Linkedin reports, 72% of talent professionals agree that work flexibility will be very important for the future of HR and recruitment.
As a result, it looks that the popularity of working from home is unstoppable. We all hope that most of the people will experience the benefits of working from home!
Nowadays, working from home is becoming so commonplace because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our world has been going through a difficult time for a few months. At Prosoftly, we would like to make these days easier for all companies which are in health industry. All medical companies and healthcare professionals can use our Task Management Module for free during the coronavirus pandemic.
Please stay safe and healthy!