The Benefits Of Working From Home

Benefits Of Working From Home

Research by One4all Rewards recently revealed the top five workplace initiatives that boost employee engagement and productivity, and taking third spot was a work from home policy with 41% of employees putting the option in their desired health and well-being plans. Why do employees want a work from home policy? Studies have found that rush hour commuters waste approximately two and a half full days out of a year sitting in a car, and if an employee regularly has a painful commute, it can eventually drive them to search for work in companies closer to home. Working from home eliminates the stress of the long, traffic-filled commute and allows employees to work to their own schedule and pace.

Here, we discuss some of the best reasons why employees should be allowed work from home regularly:

Employees waste less time commuting: Cutting out the commute an be a huge morale booster, a huge time saver, and allows employees to save the money the would typically spend on gas and/or public transportation.

Employees will be more productive: One Stanford study found that employees who worked at home were 13.5% more efficient than those who worked in the office. It also found that they were 9% more engaged than their in-office co-workers and reported shorter breaks, fewer sick days and took less time off. In a TED Ideas blog Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom, who led the study, said ‘Everything I saw was ‘’pro working from home’’, and put out by people who were for it from the outset. The people against it have stayed quiet.’

Employees will be happier: Between long hours and demanding workloads, the modern-day office environment is more stressful than ever, meaning more and more employees want to take the time they need to improve their health and wellbeing. A work from home policy helps promote a better work-life balance by giving employees a break from the hustle and bustle of the hectic workplace and offering them the chance to work to their own schedule and at their own pace.

It’s easier than ever: With tools like GoToMeeting, Skype, and Slack, it’s now easier than ever to stay connected to employees working remotely.

Employees will waste less time: Whether it’s a 10-minute catch-up that turns into a two-hour meeting or a 30-minute brainstorm that quickly escalates into a morning-long strategy meeting, employee productivity is highly impacted by the number of useless meetings and other time wasters that are ubiquitous in an office environment. A work from policy eliminates these time wasters, allowing employees to better use their work time.

Employees can work flexible hours: Working from home allows employees to create their own schedule, allowing them to adapt their hours to their family and social life demands. This also helps promote a better work-life balance.