Having a home office or the ability to work from home is increasing in popularity. There are many reasons for this, but it inevitably boils down to removing the distractions and wastes in your working life, creating harmony and balance to the happier worker.
Your home is where your comfort is at its optimum. If you can create an environment that adheres to health and safety regulations, home working is exceptionally fulfilling. If a worker can alleviate stress levels by working in an environment that assists relaxation, this leads to a happier worker and increased productivity. Of course, the ability to watch a bit of television during your lunch break, whilst snuggled up on the sofa certainly is a perk!
No travel time or costs
The daily commute into work is one of the biggest complaints of workers. You can spend thousands of pounds, every year, on travel expenses that are a big strain on a tight budget. Hours of time is wasted, sat on a bus or a train, for the lucky, in their own vehicle, wasting their time, which equates to money. The allure of home working is that these costs and waste of your time travelling are immediately quashed ensuring a higher quality of life for the worker.
Avoid unsavoury weather
There is nothing worse than getting up in the morning, only to reach the window and realise that it has snowed during the night. Your commute just multiplied exponentially and you envisage a rather long day ahead. What do you do? You go back to bed! No, seriously, adverse weather is a major factor in absences in the office. Home working avoids this hassle. If you have your office at home, it really doesn’t matter what is going on outside. You needn’t bother looking out of the window if you don’t want to. Of course, home workers have a little giggle at the office workers who have to face the snow in their business suits!
Lower child care expenses
Whilst it is true, that if you work from home, you must dedicate a certain amount of time for office work. However, the ability to work around your family helps create a harmony between work and home life. Child care expenses rise every year, proving costly and, in some cases, unnecessary, especially with older children who require limited supervision.
There are many benefits to having your office at home. Home is where you feel more comfortable, where you can relax and reflect on the day ahead or just finished. You do have to set boundaries regarding working hours, it can be tempting to ‘log on quickly’, but home workers are generally happy, productive and committed workers, attempting to find the right balance between home and working life.