Benefits of Working From Home

Benefits of Working from Home
Learn how the largest social experiment in the modern era is here to stay, its benefits, drawbacks and solution.

The pandemic forced millions of people to start working from home. It is one of the largest social experiments to happen in the modern era. To everyone’s surprise and relief, we adjusted to it well, and one could argue that the transition was relatively smooth. This was enabled by widely available technology and tools, such as high-speed Internet, virtual desktop, cloud computing, video conferencing, collaboration tools, etc. It pushed everyone to break from their old habits and try something new for a sustained period, providing enough time to realize its long-term benefits.

“Research suggests that 80% of the people who have worked from home will likely continue working from home at least 3 times a week, only returning to the office whenever there was a real need or value of doing so”

There is always a silver lining in everything, and this pandemic ushered us into the future of work, where working remotely will be the new norm. Let’s investigate some of the benefits:

Time Savings​

It is the most valuable asset, as it cannot be renewed or exchanged for any other resource. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average commute time for U.S. workers is one hour round trip; factor in an additional 30 minutes saved from not having to dress up for work, leaving early to give ourselves some extra time (in case we hit traffic) and getting to work a little bit early to get organized for the work day.

WFH saves employees from the drudgery of commuting in rush hour. Research has shown that the rush hour commute is a major cause of anxiety and stress for employees leading to severe long-term health issues (add reference). The time gained in the morning and evening can provide work/life balance, which had been elusive and can otherwise be used for exercise, preparation of home cooked meals, spending quality time with family, pursuing a hobby, etc.

 Autonomy

WFH provides a sense of autonomy to employees, knowing their managers trust that they can be productive at their own pace and on their own schedule. Research has found that autonomy is most important source of motivation leading to enhanced productivity, creativity and job satisfaction.

Money

“It is estimated that each person will save ~$6k/year by working from home.”

This is contributed by cost savings resulting from the commute, meals, beverages (coffee, tea, etc.), clothes, etc. This is a considerable amount of money that may be put towards some meaningful long-term investment or expense to further enhance one’s quality of life.

 

 

Drawbacks And Solutions

Energy is another vital resource that we have in limited supply; therefore, it is extremely important to determine where and how we plan on spending it. All successful people have recognized this and have been using this to their advantage to reach their goals. If the space is not designed well, it makes you feel anxious, leads to procrastination, lack of self-belief, unwanted distractions – all these are major sources of energy dissipation. We can fix this by having a permanent place built for its purpose.

A dedicated place takes out uncertainty and anxiety and helps us to express ourselves. Our brain is designed to form habits so that it can conserve its energy – our brain maps out the space and stores it in the subconscious mind so that the conscious brain is free for other creative, critical reasoning and productive activities. When our mind and body are at ease, it helps to boost our immune system, makes us more self-aware in turn regulating circadian rhythms and decision-making faculties.Self-compassion is extremely important to reach our goals, and it all starts with investing it in our future by making the right choices. Give your mind and body a work space where it can reach its full potential and make every distant dream a reality.

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