Career Management

When it comes to working from home, opinions are rather split about whether it can actually work and how it may affect an employees productivity.

Home working and flexible house are a couple of things that a lot of employers are taking on board as a bid to improve their company culture and facilitate for staff’s commitments outside of work.

It could be argued that there are too many distractions at home for an individual to be fully focused and remain productive throughout the day, however others claim that they actually feel more relaxed in their own environment and therefore achieve more.

It’s clearly not for everyone, but do you think working from home could be for you?

This infographic Need-a-Office looks into some of the positive aspects of working from home.

Latest trends:

  • According to research findings around 66% of people would work from home if given the option.
  • So much so that 36% would take the option to work at home over a payrise!
  • 34 million people in the US work from home, in addition to 4.5 million in the UK.

How does home working benefit the employee?

  • It removes the commute, which can be rather stressful at times! In fact, 14% of Americans have changed jobs for a shorter commute.
  • It allows employees to be more independent and take control over their own work.

How does home working benefit the employer?

  • It boosts employee retention.
  • It reduces unscheduled absenteeism, which can be very costly to a business.
  • Employees are likely the work longer hours when they have no commute. AT&T found that their home workers fit in an extra 5 hours of work a day!
  • 60% of employers have reported that telecommuting is cost effective for their business.

Could it be for you?

  • Your home must be suitable for working in – a quiet environment with all the required tools, documents, etc.
  • You must be disciplined and structured. People who are easily distracted may find working at home difficult.
  • Working from home is well suited for excellent pro-active communicators and tech savvy employees.

RELATED: How to Stay Productive When You’re Working from Home


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