Now that I have tried I can say that working from home is ideal. But, I am not a housewife, not as yet. I just carry on my usual job from a different workplace. I am technically a telecommuter.
However, every time working from home is mentioned people look at me and say “Ahh…easy!”.
Yes, it is easy because I do not have to commute every morning, and this removes a considerable amount of stress. On the other hand there is more pressured to achieve good results because you are empowered with the trust of the management.
Work place vs Performance
The influence of the workplace on job related performance and personal wellbeing has been demonstrated by a multitude of research.
When you think of a perfectly sane and stimulating workplace, the important things to consider are the people around you and the facilities itself. The latter point is far more affective because it demonstrates how self management can intervene.
The importance of the technical environment is demonstrated by the acute attention paid throughout the colossus of our economy, for example Google’s Zurich office uses an optional slide instead of stairs to move to lower floors, Facebook in Menlo Park, hosts a sweet shop for employees and the San Francisco office of Twitter has a room purely dedicated to yoga.
Obviously, all those facilities will only stimulate productivity in the correct company culture, otherwise they run the risk of making people waste their own time and active business time.
So how the environment of home influences our productivity?
Research has shown that working from home actually increases productivity: an experiment* from 2013 reports a whopping 13% increase in productivity of people working from home, this includes: more minutes of work for each shift, less overall breaks and less sick days taken from work.
Benefits of working from home
• Save up time in commuting. This is good for the employee, who has more time for themselves but it is also good for the company because they will be more relaxed whilst working, therefore more productive.
• Less stress about timing. People can experience sever annoyance given by the fear of being late to work. In my past job I had a lot of pressure in being punctual and relying on public transport. This considerably increased my stress levels and demotivated me at work.
• Enhanced motivation. you feel motivated to do better and make your company grow because you have the trust of the management in carrying the job autonomously.
• Increased productivity. As a result of more motivation and trustworthiness working from home makes me work those extra minutes. You know that you can dedicate more of my time to work since you are not commuting.
• A feeling of company trust. This trust from the management is a very powerful tool for achieving higher goals and avoiding mistakes.
• More concentration: you can be more concentrated if you are totally on your own, far from distractions. For example, I live on my own in a very modest flat, I do not have a tv for example so am not tempted by distractions.
• More creativity. Being inspired yet familiar with your own surroundings.
• More productive when meeting with the team: I love my meeting with the rest of company, because I get very important feedback and make me feel part of the team. This motivates me through the week.
• Less expenses for the company. Although company tools such as laptops may be provided there are less costs when thinking about office rental and furnishings.
Is working from home for everyone?
The answer is “NO”, not everyone is happy being on his own and this depends on personal characteristics. A lot of extrovert people crave the energy from the people around them, working from home can be less efficient for their personal wellbeing and lessen productivity.
Plus, there are people who are not particularly determined and without the will power to succeed, to do better and improve the company. Working from home may result in a big failure.
*Published: Nicholas Bloom & James Liang & John Roberts & Zhichun Jenny Ying, 2015. “Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment,” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 130(1), pages 165-218