At the start of the new decade, global events have made it clear that many individuals can work from home. In many ways, this is a great thing. Remote work has incredible benefits for employers and employees alike. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages.
According to recent studies, people who work from the comfort of their homes are actually more productive than office employees. Research from Airtasker, a gig economy platform, found that those in the office report being idle for 37 minutes a day, compared to 27 for remote workers.
Sitting inside a confined space with bright fluorescent lights can be a serious mood dampener. At home, your environment is up to you. Studies have found that remote workers have lower stress levels and overall better morale.
Time for Yourself
Overall remote workers have more time for themselves since they don’t have to waste time going to and from the workplace. They can use that time to clear their mind, organize materials, and move their body. On average, a remote worker has 25 extra minutes of physical activity each week than the average office employee.
Another benefit of remote work is that you can eat what you want when you want. While a lot of people are meal prepping now, there’s still not much better than something fresh. Instead of dealing with whatever options are at the office cafeteria, you’ve got access to home cooking.
When compared to office employees, remote workers save over $4,500 on fuel each year. You also won’t have to deal with the daily rush-hour grind on the highway or subway.
Since you won’t have access to your colleagues being physically around you, you’ll learn to communicate effectively. It will take away a lot of the traditional office drama. Instead of spending time throughout the day dealing with petty politics, you’ll be working on your own terms.
One of the best things about working from home is that you don’t have to force yourself into uncomfortable clothes. This will have an immediate effect on your bank account. You’ll also be able to use that time that you spend getting ready for something more productive.
Unless you’re having a video conference, you can wear whatever you like. When you do have a video meeting, look through the jackets and coats in your closet and throw one on. A blazer can make pretty much any outfit look business casual.
Less Office Space Needed
This is a significant benefit for employers. When your workforce is remote, you don’t have to worry about paying for a large office. If you need to have meetings in person, you can always become a part of a co-working space.
So Many Possibilities
Today with technology like Zoom, Hubstaff, Trello, Slack, and more, most workplaces can be completely remote reasonably easily. Working from home is becoming increasingly popular. This is great, considering it offers a vast array of advantages.