According to a survey in April 2022, 56% of the respondents stated they have been working from a home office for less than a year due to Covid-19 but are now identified as remote workers.
1. Productivity increases
If you have ever worked in an open-plan office or call centre you will be aware of the constant noise and chatter. This can be very distracting whilst you concentrate on your work, a colleague chats about their holiday or a telephone rings on the desk opposite you. With no one there to distract you, your concentration improves and your thought processes are clearer. You can create a working environment that suits your personality, maybe some music, fresh air from open windows or the room set out perfectly for maximum efficiency.
2. Save time and money
It seems obvious to say that a short commuting distance means you get to work faster. When you no longer have to drive in busy traffic, in bad weather or tolerate unreliable public transportation you arrive at your desk fresher and ready to start the day. Working from home is also felt in your wallet or purse, with lower or no cost fuel, vehicles, insurance or tickets for trains and buses there is a tangible saving to be made.
Working from home does carry a possible health risk. Working from home means that during your working days you do not leave your house and this can impact the amount of walking you do. In a large office, it is quite easy to reach your 10,000 steps recommended goal but not so easy at home.
3. Work when it suits you
Some people are early birds and others, are night owls. The flexibility to have an extended lunch or a lie-in on a working day is a boon for mental wellbeing. With no appointments or meetings scheduled, your working day can fit around you not a set start and finish time.
Flexible hours provide a great work-life balance. If you are working from a home office with children this allows more interaction with your family when your family needs it, not just when you are home from work.
Don’t forget though, that your workload and targets must still be reached.
4. Comfort of your own four walls
“What shall I wear today?” – This question no longer has meaning when working from home.
In your home office, you can dress as you please, in any style you wish and behave however you feel. It is now all about the work being completed and therefore you can achieve that however you want. If working from home is a long term, permanent part of your life, you may want to consider setting up a home office uniquely for you and your work style.
5. Tools for business
You will have your PC or laptop, a desk and a chair and maybe a pot plant on your desk! If working from home is a long term, permanent part of your life, you may want to consider setting up a home office uniquely for you and your work style. A bespoke home office built to your specifications would not only improve your work environment but can add significant value to your home.