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The Benefits of Working from Home


By Emily Courtney

As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, companies were forced to send their employees home to work remotely. While many employers were initially caught off guard by the sudden shift to remote work, they quickly realized that employees could be just as productive, if not more so, outside of the office. Remote work had its moment, and it’s here to stay.

Whether you’re already telecommuting or looking for a remote job, there are plenty of advantages to working from home. Here are some of the best benefits of remote work:

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1. Better Work-Life Balance

Remote jobs often come with flexible schedules, allowing workers to start and end their day on their terms. This control over their work schedule can be invaluable when attending to personal needs. Tasks like dropping off kids at school, running errands, or being home for a contractor are all easier to balance when working from home.

2. Less Commute Stress

Commuting to work can be a significant source of stress and anxiety. Ditching the commute can help support mental and physical health, allowing workers to focus on priorities outside of work, like getting extra sleep in the morning, spending time with family, or getting in a workout.

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3. Location Independence

Remote work offers access to a broader range of job opportunities that aren’t limited by geographic location. People living in rural communities or small towns can benefit from remote work opportunities. Remote work also allows for more flexibility when it comes to moving frequently, such as military spouses.

4. Improved Inclusivity

Remote work enables companies to embrace diversity and inclusion by hiring people from different backgrounds and perspectives. Telecommuting gives people who may have a hard time finding steady employment at an onsite job, like those with disabilities or caregivers who need a flexible schedule, the opportunity to follow their career goals.

5. Money Savings

Working remotely can save employees around $4,000 per year on things like gas, car maintenance, transportation, parking fees, professional wardrobe, and lunches. Employers can also see significant cost savings from remote work, including overhead, real estate costs, transit subsidies, and continuity of operations.

6. Positive Environmental Impact

Remote work can have a positive impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

7. Impact on Sustainability

Sustainability initiatives can be significantly supported by remote work, contributing to economic growth, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities, climate change, and responsible consumption. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways for both employers and employees to reduce their carbon footprint and impact climate change is by minimizing the need for commuter travel. The world has already witnessed a substantial reduction in pollution, congestion, and traffic during the pandemic response, and the first-hand experience of these results may encourage everyone involved to embrace remote work.

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8. A Customizable Office

One of the most significant benefits of remote work is the ability to create a comfortable home office. Whether it’s just an ergonomic chair or specialized office equipment for individuals with health issues, employees can set up their home office to their liking.

9. Increased Productivity and Performance

Telecommuting typically results in fewer interruptions, reduced office politics, a quieter work environment, and more efficient meetings. In addition to the absence of a daily commute, remote workers usually have more time and fewer distractions, resulting in increased productivity, which is advantageous for both employees and employers. Remote work enables workers and companies to concentrate on performance, rather than the “false positives” that can lead to bias and favoritism in an office environment. According to a 2020 survey by FlexJobs, workers who believed they would be more productive working from home were indeed more productive. More than half of respondents (51%) claimed that they were more productive while working from home during the pandemic, with many attributing this to fewer interruptions and a quieter work environment.

10. A Happier, Healthier Work Life

Remote, flexible workers are generally happier and more loyal employees, partly due to the fact that working from home has been shown to lower stress levels, provide more time for hobbies and interests, and improve personal relationships. Furthermore, coworker and manager relationships may be more positive without the distractions and politics that come with an in-office job. As per reports, 72% of employers believe that remote work has a significant impact on employee retention, indicating that employees are more likely to stick with their employer when they have the option of remote work. Working from home can also have various health advantages, including:

  • More time for physical activity
  • The ability to eat healthier
  • Can recover from illness or surgery at home
  • Less exposure to illnesses
  • Ease of caring for a health issue or disability
  • The option to create a comfortable and ergonomic workspace.

Working remotely can give employees the time and environment needed to make healthy choices

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