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Work From Home : 5 Benefits of Working From Home

Work From Home : 5 Benefits of Working From Home

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, only 20% of people whose work could be done remotely were working from home or all the time. For most employees, the idea of working from home was a "Must be nice" territory. 

The workplace has undergone a seismic shift, and worldwide lockdowns have forced many employees to adapt quickly to remote work.

Two years have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic, but employees still prefer working from home over working from the office. A survey concluded that around 80% of the workers preferred working from home full-time or part-time, even in the pre-pandemic era. 

So what might be the reason many employees prefer working from home rather than working from an office? Keep reading this article to find out the Benefits of working from home.  

1. Less Commute Stress

On average, Asians spend 7% of their day commuting to the office, averaging 3 minutes per kilometre. That is nearly an hour each day spent getting to and from work, and it adds up. 

According to a survey, commuters spend about 100 hours commuting and 41 hours in traffic each year. Extreme commute situations can result in commute times of up to 90 minutes each way.

Wasting time travelling is just one of the downsides of getting to and from work. Daily one-way commute times of more than 30 minutes are linked to higher stress and anxiety levels. 

According to a study, more than 10 miles of daily commutes are linked to health problems like high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and an increased risk of depression.  

Getting rid of travelling to and from the office allows you to support your mental and physical health. The time savings can help you focus on priorities outside of work, such as getting extra sleep in the morning, spending time with your family members, getting a proper workout for your body or eating a healthy breakfast. 

2. Less Money Spent

According to the survey results, 57% of employees said that working from home positively affected their finances. For instance, gas money spent getting to and from work or cash spent on coffee and lunchtime picnics. You can avoid travel expenses and dining out at an expensive restaurant when working from home. 

Do you still need convincing about how working from home can improve your financial situation? Well; 

  1. Travelling: As previously mentioned, whether you use public transportation or your car or bike, the cost of gas, gasoline, and monthly passes for the bus and train can add up at the end of the month.
  2. Clothes: Looking professional at work can be very expensive. You should always dress nicely, whether you have a presentation at work or want to impress the girl sitting next to you. When working from home, you need a few pairs of cosy leggings or joggers and a few casual but polished t-shirts, and you're good to go. 
  3. Food: Getting ready for work is stressful, and there's the added duty of packing your lunch. Even if you decide to eat outside without preparing your lunch, it may cost you money. On the contrary, at home, you have your own fridge with your favourite snacks and meals. 

3. You can choose where to Live

Between 2020 and 2022, approximately 5 million employees moved back to their families. No longer connected with a physical office, many fully remote employees could keep their jobs and move closer to family, to a dream location, or an area with a lower cost of living.

4. Improves Inclusivity

Working from home enables companies to embrace diversity and inclusion by hiring people from different socioeconomic, geographic and cultural backgrounds. This can be challenging to accomplish when recruiting is restricted to a location that not everyone wants or can afford to live near. 

When companies hire employees who can work from home in the communities where they feel most comfortable and supported, companies are choosing to support diversity, community and family. 

Working from home allows people with physical and mental disabilities or chronic health conditions that make it difficult or impossible to commute to work or spend the traditional 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, in an Office. 

5. Reduces Carbon Footprint 

Millions of employees who have worked from home for atleast half before the pandemic reduce greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking more than 6,00,000 cars off the road for an entire year. 

7.7 billion vehicle miles are not travelled each year by those who work at least part-time from home, and nearly 3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases are avoided. Nearly 980 million dollars of oil is saved when we avoid travelling. 

With no travel, you can contribute fewer greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. At home, you can have more control over the environmental impact of your office. 

Closing Thoughts

Even though the pandemic served as the catalyst for millions of employees to work remotely, it is by no means the only justification. 

The Advantages of working from home impact so many things on a global scale that it’s sure to become the best path forward.