5 Benefits of Working From Home
The benefits of working from home are indisputable, and many more people are enjoying them these days in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether you’re hoping to improve your work satisfaction, save money, or reduce your global footprint, remote workers often feel better while also doing good for the planet.
Read on for the top five benefits of working from home.
More Flexible Work-Life Schedules
One of the biggest advantages of working from home is the ability to blend your workday more seamlessly into other parts of your life. Without the need to have your body in a building that’s not your home, it’s possible to balance tasks and stay on top of things in multiple arenas.
Instead of trying to kill time during your break at the office, you can be much more intentional about what you do when you’re taking a breather from your job duties. Whether it’s getting an appointment off your plate, being able to make a sandwich with ingredients from your own fridge, or doing something with a family member in your household, the flexibility of the work-from-home life can’t be beat.
A Happier Work Life
Research has shown that remote workers—no doubt in part because of the more flexible work-life balance mentioned above—are happier. In studies, working from home has been linked to lower stress levels, improved relationships, and more time to pursue personal interests.
If you live with family members, getting to spend more time together even while working in parallel can be a great happiness boost. Plus, if you don’t have to worry about office politics and that handful of cranky coworkers who ruin your day, it’s much easier to feel good about your job.
Better Physical and Mental Health
There are quite a few health benefits associated with flexible jobs as well. Because of the ability to take care of your healthcare basics during the day—from working out, to going to the doctor, to cooking nutritious food—working from home can help improve your physical state.
Work-from-home arrangements can also help remote workers improve their emotional well-being, since some of the common workplace stressors like long commutes and figuring out what to wear to the office every day evaporate. Plus, your mental health gets a boost by having more control over what you do every day, and where and when you get your work done.
Helping the Environment
Few things are worse for the environment than too many cars and vehicles all crowding the road at the same time—rush hour to and from work. Work-from-homers help ease this global problem by taking one car off the road, avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.
Remote workers also can shop locally and can make personal choices in their home offices that help the environment, from conserving electricity through lights, heat, and air-conditioning to using only as much paper as is really needed.
More Money in Your Pocket
FlexJobs has reported on research that shows working from home can save you $4,000 or more each year. These cost savings come through several avenues, starting with commuting costs—from gas to car maintenance, car insurance, and public transportation costs—that aren’t needed when you’re doing your job at your house.
You can also save some money on your work wardrobe. While you may need a few business items to wear on videoconferences, it’s a likely bet that you’ll be spending more time in comfier casuals.
And don’t forget that if you used to eat out for lunch and had frequent coffee breaks down the block at the office, you’ll cut down on these frittering costs that can add up over time.
Help Yourself, Help the Planet
It’s a compelling list—greater flexibility, more happiness and health, doing your part for the earth, and saving money in the bargain. Working from home can help people and the planet in ways that matter more than ever before.
For more information on the benefits of working remotely, as well as remote work tips, check out our articles.
By Robin Madell | March 28, 2022 | Categories: Work Remotely
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