We all know that there are several benefits of working from home - no commute, more flexibility, and less stress. But there are lesser known benefits that aren’t discussed as often!
Check out this week’s blog for some of the unique benefits of being a work from home employee.
When you work from home, you have access to your home! This is obvious, but it’s a great thing because it allows you to get some things done around the house, which helps you keep up with the housework and reduce stress.
When you set aside a few of your breaks for light housework everyday, you get more time with your family and friends in the evenings. If you go to a traditional office, you don’t have this benefit, so it’s something that can easily be worked into your day. Of course, working from home is still working, so keep these cleaning breaks to 5-10 minutes at a time.
As a work from home employee, you can take breaks or really work from anywhere! From lunch breaks to trips away, you can work from any location with internet access.
If you have the opportunity to tag along on your spouse’s work trip, you can come along! When they’re working, you can get your work done too, then enjoy time together in the evenings. It’s very freeing to have your whole work life attached to your laptop, allowing you the freedom to travel and set up shop all over.
According to Fundera.com, “86% of employees say they’re most productive when they work alone - devoid of distractions like inefficient meetings, office gossip, or loud office spaces.” Of course, you can occasionally meet up with friends to work at a coffee shop together, but this study shows that most people are more productive outside of a traditional office.
You’re more free to work through workday interruptions, distractions, and so on. You can set your own schedule and often don’t have as many spontaneous meetings and office drop-ins. When you work from home, meetings are typically planned ahead since everyone is on a different scheduled, and they’re also usually shorter and completed over phone or Skype.
As we mentioned in a few of the benefits above, working from home just gives you more time with family and friends. You can typically stop working a bit early if you want, and if your work is complete, it’s not a big deal. This opens you up to attend more functions, be there for people more often, and simply not be restricted by a rigid office work schedule. If work is complete, you’re usually good to go!
Family also includes pets! Those who work from home are able to spend their day with their furry family members too, strengthening those bonds as well. You can also save money by not having to hire a dog walker or have someone let your dog out during the day! Pets are great stress reducers as well, so being around them all day can be a calming presence.
Working from home has numerous benefits, from stress reduction to more productivity. Beyond the obvious benefits, you’re able to get more accomplished, work anywhere, and spend more time with those you love.
If you’re a work from home mom or client of HireMyMom.com, you already know the many benefits of working from home. Yes, there’s flexibility and comfort, but did you know that being a home based employee significantly reduces stress?
Read along for our top 10 reasons why working from home is the best!
Do your kids have events or sports during the day? Even if they have games or lessons in the early evenings, this can be tough for a parent with a traditional office job. It’s tough to bow out early or make the trek at 3:00pm, which typically isn’t the case when you work from home. As long as your work is getting done, it’s more than acceptable (and feasible!) to be there for those important events and milestones.
In most cases with home based work, you can work when it best fits your schedule. Of course there are exceptions to this, but working from home often goes with the opinion that you can work when you want, as long as the work is being done.
The best part of working from home is likely the flexibility it affords. In the aforementioned reason was kids’ events and sporting competitions, but it goes much further than that. Do you feel like taking a nap for an hour and working tonight when you’re more on your game? You can do that! Are your kids sick? You have the ability to pick them up without losing a day of work or pay. Another bonus? Many, many less sick days for you either!
If you have your own side business or work other freelance jobs, you also have the flexibility to work on those throughout the workday. This is much tougher at an office, as you’d have a boss over your shoulder questioning what you were doing!
Need to meet a friend or business colleague for a meeting? You can do this much more easily when you work from home! If your meeting goes long, it’s typically not an issue since you’re just headed back home anyway. When you work in an office, there are often unspoken rule about returning to work at an acceptable interval.
As a home based employee, your schedule is truly your own, and if you’re still being efficient, you can make appointments, meetings, and schedules that fit what is best for you. Best of all, you have more time! Since you aren’t commuting to and from an office, you gain more time in your day for what truly matters.
Commuting, parking, going out for lunch - it all adds up! These fees are mostly eliminated when you work from home. If you work in an office, add up your gas costs, parking fees, and dining out for lunch receipts for a few weeks. Working from home allows you to save that money and use it for something else.
No need for fancy suits and clothes! While it can help productivity to put on nicer clothing, you have the option to be comfortable.
When working from home, taking breaks is easier. Stretching isn’t so “strange” as it might be in a workplace. You can also workout any time of the day, as well as eat healthier and prepare your own food easily.
Do you want a bright office or a more zen experience? You get the choice of your home office! In a traditional office, it’s typically fluorescent lighting and bland paint colors. If this doesn’t suit you, get creative in making an innovative space that works best for you.
According to Fonality.com, telecommuters have their stress reduced by 25%. Stress can be eliminated by lack of commute, more flexibility, and the ability to take more frequent breaks. Additionally, commuting is notoriously stressful. When you work from home, your commute is from your bedroom to your home office! It’s a nice, stress-free way to begin your workday.
Typically work from home jobs are freelance or part-time positions, allowing you to expand your knowledge and skillset. You can also always take on other smaller jobs here and there to earn extra money and fill time.
A recent study by Harvard University indicated that when a group of workers switched from office to home work, their performance was boosted by 13%. Additionally, Globalworkplaceanalytics.com shows that teleworkers are 20-25% more productive than their office counterparts.
Whether it’s the elimination of office distractions or an ability to work at a better pace, working from home shows that productivity is a winner in this space!
Working from home truly provides you with the flexibility and comfort that makes life just a bit easier. It’s a great way of working that can give you more time - and less stress - with your friends and family!