We recently proved that allowing people the option of remote working brings major benefits to employers. Now it’s time to tackle the converse of that topic.
In the past, working from home wasn’t necessarily for everyone. The freedom of WFH was countered by isolation that could negatively impact morale and efficiency. However, advances in video conferencing technology make it possible for even the most extroverted workers to get their socializing fix and maintain clear communication from any distance.
That leaves mainly benefits of working from home to discuss. Read on to discover five ways remote working positively affects those who do it.
1. Spatial Flexibility
A top reason people love working from home is increased freedom. But it’s not about slacking off because the boss can’t see what you’re doing.
Traditional jobs typically anchor you to a specific location. Remote jobs reel that anchor in and allow you to move at a moment’s notice or travel on a whim—as long as you don’t mind taking work on the road with you. Even if you work remotely in the same city as your company, you have the option to turn every coffee shop in town into your personal office space.
2. Customizable Work Hours
Not everyone works best during the typical office hours of 9 am to 5 pm. One article from Business Insider put together a list of extremely successful people who don’t wake up early to get ahead, including the likes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.
Remote working lets you fit work into your most productive timeslot of the day, whether that is early in the morning or late at night. Also, there’s no more going to the trouble of requesting a day off work just to run errands that require complying with other morning-to-evening schedules, such as those kept by most doctor’s offices and banks.
3. Creature Comforts
Working from your house includes easy access to the comforts of home. Rather than having to microwave leftovers for lunch or grab unhealthy fast food, you can whip up a tasty meal or snack whenever you want. Also, you don't have to share a bathroom with a whole floor full of people—germophobes rejoice!
Another way remote working delivers the comforts of home is by giving the option to stay inside when there’s bad weather. If you work in an office, you know the struggle of scraping ice off your windshield in winter or getting your feet soaked while you walk to your car in a summer downpour. By contrast, a cozy home office is always just a few steps away.
4. Lots of Savings
If you like being thrifty, you’ll love remote working. While you can always drive to your coffee shop office spaces, you also have the option to save a ton of resources by simply staying home.
Reducing outings means you don’t have to spend as much on gas, oil changes, and other vehicle upkeep. Even those who live in cities and don’t drive cars save on mass transit costs. Also, there’s no time wasted commuting, which could be the most valuable benefit of all, since time is money!
Just Remember to Stay Professional
Working from home offers incredible flexibility in terms of space and time, an ultra-comfortable work environment, and impressive resource savings. You can even get all these benefits without losing a particle of professionalism, as long as you use quality video conferencing devices with high image resolutions, resonant audio, and the latest smart functions. Such features give you the ability to be as clearly seen and heard at home as you are when working from an office.
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