Many people are finding themselves working from home right now due to the pandemic. This could become a long-term trend, as many businesses are finding that there are actually a multitude of benefits to having a remote workforce, leading to many companies planning to continue with this even once the pandemic has ended. It is not just big businesses that can benefit from remote working, though, as there are many perks for workers (particularly parents) to consider. Read on to find out the main benefits of working from home and how this could improve your life in many ways moving forward.
The most obvious benefit of working from home is that there is no commute. For many workers, the drive to and from work or getting on a crowded train every morning and early evening was a source of tremendous stress and took up a huge amount of their time. When you are working from home, you do not have to worry about commuting which means that you can often spend longer in bed (and get more sleep which can bring many benefits) as well as reduce stress and save money.
Ability To Look After/Spend More Time With Kids
A major perk for parents when it comes to remote work is the ability to look after your kids and spend more time with them, particularly when schools are closed. Many people would see their kids first thing in the morning and then not until the evening, but this is not a problem when you are working from home so you can enjoy spending time with your kids more and you could even find yourself saving money on childcare costs (which can be extraordinarily high).
Remote workers also benefit from having greater flexibility. While it is likely that you will have set hours and will need to be accessible, you should also find more time for fitting in other activities to your working day. As an example, when you work from home you may be able to pop out to the gym, meet a friend for lunch or go to the supermarket which can free up more time and allow you to lead a more flexible, enjoyable and social lifestyle.
Location Not An Issue
One of the most interesting aspects of the majority of people making the switch to remote working has been the impact on the property market. When people do not have to live within a short distance of work, it gives them a tremendous amount of freedom and the option to work from anywhere. Consequently, remote working has changed property demand in the last year with many people looking to escape the busy (and expensive) areas like London in the UK. Instead, many are flocking to attractive and progressive areas like Bristol and buying larger properties in quieter areas. This can obviously have an enormous impact on your quality of life and is a key benefit to people working from home. Of course, this also means that you could apply to jobs regardless of their location so it could help your career too.
No Dress Code
Many people are also enjoying the fact that they do not have to wake up and put on a suit and tie every day. Instead, many people are working in comfortable clothing and perhaps even their pajamas – just be sure to smarten up a bit for any video calls that you have scheduled! Additionally, many people find it useful to still get dressed for work even if it is something smart-casual so that they can clearly separate their work and personal life.
Better Lunch Options
People are finding that they can eat much better, healthier and cheaper lunches as a result of working from home. When you have to travel into work each day, your options are either to take a packed lunch (which never looks particular appetizing by the time you reach lunchtime) or perhaps buy something (the cost of this can add up to a significant amount). When working from home, you could prepare something fresh or cook a healthy lunch. Not only this, but cooking for dinner becomes much easier as you will not be rushed or stressed after commuting.
These are just a few of the main benefits of working from home but there are many more. Many businesses are looking to continue with remote work at least on a part-time basis once the pandemic has ended and this is something which could improve your life in a multitude of ways.