Working From Home: Pros
26 July 2017
We recently put together a survey in which we asked our candidates and clients to state whether or not they preferred working from home as a successful option for themselves or staff members. The overwhelming majority stated that they were very much in favour of working from home as part of a flexible schedule and a way of maintaining a good work/life balance.
Many of our respondents said the idea of fixing their own working schedule would help them to be more productive, whilst many said that not having to face the dreaded morning commute did wonders for their mood and willingness to get started on the day ahead. They also stated that they were able to take more regular screen breaks, leaving them refreshed for starting new tasks.
The idea of creating a better work/life balance was also recurrent. It means not having to bend medical appointments around office life or perhaps even having to get parcels delivered to a neighbour. It also allows people to work at times they are naturally more productive – not everyone is cut out to be at their best during the traditional 9 – 5 hours.
Significantly, many of our respondents said that they had created a home office environment to ensure that there was minimal risk of distraction. This is something that cannot be said of a workplace: Think about how many times a day a colleague passes your desk for a chat, or you get involved in a tea and coffee round or you simply find yourself having a quick skive on social media. You are far less likely to fritter away time if your schedule is something you can create for yourself. It provides the peaceful surroundings to really focus on the task at hand.
For many parents, the opportunity to work from home would allow many new mothers and fathers to get back in to the workplace without the fear of being let down for childcare. Many disabled respondents gave a similar answer: It would be a huge chance to be back in the world of work and feel like they were making a contribution.
The majority of those surveyed mentioned being able to avoid a stressful commute – with some of those who answered stating that they travelled for up to three hours per day. This ties in with the idea of working from home being less stressful and more productive, as you haven’t spent a frustrating length of time travelling just to get to your desk.
Studies have also shown that home workers are also likely to be compliant with health and safety – with a significant amount purchasing ergonomic chairs and equipment to ensure comfort.
Working from home isn’t all about employee perks, however. It’s actually a mutually beneficial arrangement for candidate and client alike. Allowing employees to work from home can also mean that employers get access to a wider talent pool who can ‘telecommute’. These are candidates who a company would not normally consider for roles, owing to distance. It also allows employers to ‘hot desk’ their staff if they find themselves in a situation where they have more employees than work spaces.
How do you feel about offering employees flexible working schedules? Have you tried working from home and wouldn’t go without it now? Let us know how you feel about remote working options in the comments section below.
Written By Hilary Roberts