We Should All Work From Home Forever

If we want to be happier and more productive

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Before the pandemic, not many employees worked from home. Employers generally frowned upon it, even if they sometimes allowed it. That all changed suddenly in 2020.

Everyone now realizes that most employees are more productive when working from home. That’s great for both employees and employers.

This is why we need to consider making working from home a permanent option.

There are multiple benefits for both employers and employees.

No Commuting Means Happier Employees

Working from home means that employees are happier because they no longer have to commute to work. For many, commuting can be hell. For others is just a huge waste of time.

Even 30 minutes each way means you’re wasting 5 hours a week. If you work 48 weeks a year, that’s 240 hours. That’s the equivalent of wasting 30 x 8-hour days. There is so much that you could achieve in that amount of time.

Working From Home Gives Us More Control of Our Time

Working from home gives us more control of our time. If we’re working a 9–5 typical office shift it means we have to take time off to visit the doctor or dentist.

With a home office we can fit those visits in around our work, so that means less time off work.

Remote Work Means We Suffer From Less Social Anxiety

Many people suffer from social anxiety and being in a busy office can make this worse. For those people, working from home can improve their mental health. That’s also a bonus for the employer.

An employee with improved mental health will be far more productive.

More People Working Remotely Leads to a Cleaner Environment

If more people are working from home, there’ll be fewer cars on the road. That leads to less pollution and a cleaner environment. That is surely one of the major benefits.

For those that can’t work from home, few people commuting will mean they have a quicker journey to and from work.

WFH Helps Companies Cut Down on Office Costs

Employers will save money by not needing as much office space. This is also an environmental benefit, as fewer office buildings need to be built.

Additionally, some office blocks could be converted into much-needed residential buildings.

Open-plan Offices Are Full of Distractions

If you’ve worked in an open-plan office, you’ll know how noisy and distracting it can be. This leads directly to lower productivity.

With a home office, you work with a minimum of distractions. That’s good for your health and good for productivity.

There Are Some Drawbacks to Remote Working

However, working from home does have some drawbacks. It won’t suit everyone, so employers need to offer different types of work options for different employees. Some of the drawbacks include:

  • Some people don’t have a dedicated space at home
  • Parents may have young children at home which causes too much of a distraction
  • Energy bills will rise for remote workers
  • Domestic violence may increase
  • Businesses that rely on office workers may shut down

What Do You Think?

Is it time that the majority switched to home working forever? Do you prefer to work from home or from the office?